As September nears its end, the 2022 NFL season is already heading into Week 4. We've already seen our fair share of teams that have exceeded expectations, along with those that have struggled to find ground out of the gate.
When it comes to struggling teams, fingers are often pointed towards the head coach whenever issues arise. Even though we're less than a quarter into the new campaign, there are already a handful of coaches who must turn things around or else their jobs could be on the line.
Here's a look at three NFL coaches who are on the hot seat heading into Week 4.
NFL Head Coach Hot Seat
1. Josh McDaniels — Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders had high expectations when Josh McDaniels was brought in to take the team to the next level. Instead of unparalleled success, the Raiders have opened the year with three straight losses and look lost on both sides of the ball. What makes matters worse is that their three opponents so far have a combined 0-6 record in games where they don't face Las Vegas. After a 12-year absence from head coaching duties, McDaniels was supposed to learn from his past mistakes. Instead, his all-time record now sits at 11-20. Considering how the Raiders looked much better under interim coach Rich Bisaccia compared to now, it's easy to see why McDaniels could quickly lose his job if he doesn't get the 'Silver and Black' back on track.
2. Zac Taylor — Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals opened the year with back-to-back losses before beating up on the New York Jets in Week 3. However, that doesn't mean that Zac Taylor's job is safe. After a trip to Super Bowl LVI and offseason improvements, fans expected more from Taylor's squad than a 1-2 record. Had Cincinnati not gone on a deep playoff run, it's entirely possible that Taylor would've been fired already considering how he was a combined 6-25-1 in the two previous seasons. With the Bengals' next two games taking place against the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens, Taylor needs to ensure that his team wins at least one of these tough games. If the Bengals are winless in both matchups, going 1-4 in the process, the 39-year-old may hit the unemployment line in the near future.
3. Matt Rhule — Carolina Panthers
Now in his third season behind the Carolina Panthers' bench, Matt Rhule has left a lot to be desired. The former Baylor coach had a ton of hype before the Panthers brought him on in 2020, only for him to produce an 11-25 record since then. Rhule likely bought himself some time with last week's victory against the New Orleans Saints, but he's hardly out of the woods yet. The Panthers own an extremely tough schedule, with the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers being a handful of their next opponents. Unless Rhule can pull off some miracles over the next few weeks, his seat is only going to get hotter as time goes on.
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