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3 NFL Head Coaches Already On the Hot Seat Following Week 1

Devon Platana
Three NFL head coaches who are already on the hot seat following Week 1 of the 2021 season.
Three NFL head coaches who are already on the hot seat following Week 1 of the 2021 season. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The first Sunday of the 2021 NFL season was filled with a variety of matchups. While some teams pulled off some impressive upsets, others were stuck in close-scoring shootouts. Praise deserves to be given to the victors, but it's also important to realize that even though it's just Week 1, there are teams that are already failing to meet expectations. Whenever that happens, blame usually falls on the head coach.

Some fans may say that it's too early to sound the alarms, though it's not unfathomable to imagine that there are coaches who are already on the hot seat after Sunday's games. After all, if they didn't show results in previous years, chances are that their position was in jeopardy before the season even began.

Here's three NFL head coaches who are already on the hot seat after Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season.

NFL Head Coach Hot Seat After Week 1

1. Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears

After serving as an assistant coach around the league for a decade, Matt Nagy became the Chicago Bears head coach back in 2018. Following an impressive 12-4 record in his rookie coaching year, Nagy has coached the Bears to back-to-back 8-8 records. That just won't cut it in a big market like Chicago. Unfortunately, the Bears didn't kick off the 2021 campaign any better, losing 34-14 to the Los Angeles Rams in primetime. The thing is the Bears kept it close by halftime, trailing the Rams 13-7. Chicago then scored just seven points in the second half and was shut out in the fourth quarter. If Nagy wants to keep his job, he's going to need to motivate his team to turn things around. He can start with improving the aerial game as the Bears failed to have a pass-catcher put up more than 45 receiving yards in the loss.

2. Joe Judge, New York Giants

The New York Giants went 6-10 last year during Joe Judge's first season as the team's head coach, though expectations weren't that high. That isn't the case in 2021 where fans and management were hoping to see the Giants take the next step forward, especially after making solid moves over the offseason. Those additions have yet to pay off as New York was embarrassed by the Denver Broncos on Sunday to the tune of a 27-13 final score. The Broncos outperformed the Giants, racking up 420 total yards to the home team's 314. Outside of Sterling Shepard (113), Darius Slayton (65) and Kenny Golladay (64), none of the other Giants' pass-catchers had more than 8 receiving yards. Judge needs to find out how to get the rest of his team involved in the offense if they want to compete in a relatively weak NFC East division.

3. Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings

The 2021 campaign is Mike Zimmer's eighth as the Minnesota Vikings' head coach and it's certainly been a rollercoaster ride up until this point. There have been seasons where the Vikings look like a top team, but there have also been years where they look the opposite. They've missed the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, so fans were hoping for better fortunes this year. There's no sign of that yet as Minnesota lost a very winnable game to the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-24 in overtime, on Sunday. The Vikings even trailed 21-7 once in the third quarter, which shouldn't happen against a young and inexperienced team like the Bengals. Things won't get much easier for Zimmer and co. since Minnesota has the 14th-hardest schedule in the league. If he doesn't get things back on track, Zimmer's eighth year with the Vikings could be his last.

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