NFL First Coach Fired Odds: Is Kyle Shanahan on the Hot Seat?
It’s never fun to call for somebody’s job but sometimes, especially when your job is the head coach of an NFL football team, it’s necessary. Last year, it was Bill O’Brien who was the first coach out of a job as he was let go on October 5, 2020. This year, we’ve made it significantly longer without a coach getting let go (Jon Gruden resigned so he doesn’t count).
Urban Meyer somehow survived his viral bar video in early October but that doesn’t mean that he’s safe forever. According to the latest available odds, he is still the favorite to be fired first in the 2021 season.
NFL First Coach Fired Odds
Everyone in the top five makes sense as their team is struggling but there is someone who I’d like to talk about who was a longshot to be fired before the season started. Kyle Shanahan had +2500 odds to be the first coach fired, which for reference, was the same as Sean McVay, Pete Carroll, Sean Payton, John Harbaugh, Frank Reich, and Brian Flores.
Around the league, Shanahan has this impeccable reputation as a coach but his teams have for the most part struggled outside of his 2019 season. In 2019, the 49ers went 13-3 and were the runner-up in the Super Bowl. Since then, they’re just 9-15 over that span, and in his five years as a coach, even with the 13-3 season, he’s just 32-40 as a coach. In his seasons excluding the NFC Championship year, he’s 19-37 as a coach.
The word genius is thrown around a lot with Kyle Shanahan’s name but when is enough, enough for him as a head coach. Seemingly since the fourth quarter of that Super Bowl, it’s been a meltdown for the 41-year-old.
As an Offensive Coordinator, he found success with Houston, Washington, and Atlanta before landing the San Francisco job before the 2017 season. Maybe he’s just someone meant to be a coordinator rather than the leader of the entire team and staff?
Regardless, both John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan deserve blame for the disappointing 49ers season. The excuses are running thin in San Francisco.