Las Vegas apparently doesn’t believe in Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson or Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.
As OddsShark shared Tuesday, with the 2018 season approaching, the two coaches topped the opening list of odds for the first NFL head coach to be fired. Not far behind are Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, who is still looking for his first playoff win in Cincinnati, and Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph.
Lewis stands out as one of the veteran names on the list, especially since there was serious discussion this offseason about whether the Bengals would retain him in his current position. The 2018 season will be his 16th at the helm of the team, and while he’s made the playoffs seven times, he has never advanced past the AFC Wild Card Round.
Cincinnati is also a lackluster 13-18-1 the last two seasons, although owner Mike Brown pointed to "continuity" when discussing why he kept Lewis, per Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Lewis’ former offensive coordinator, Jackson, has far less experience as a head coach for the Browns. Still, the two for his years at the position is a higher number than his win total after going 0-16 in 2017 and 1-15 in 2016. Cleveland traded for Tyrod Taylor and drafted Baker Mayfield this offseason, so winning expectations figure to follow significant quarterback moves.
As for Gase, he turned heads with a 10-6 mark and playoff appearance in his first season with the Dolphins in 2016, but he was just 6-10 last year.
The usual candidates aren’t the only ones who stand out on the list, as the Oakland Raiders just hired Jon Gruden this offseason on a 10-year deal worth $100 million. There is plenty of pressure to succeed with a deal like that, even if it will be his first year back on the sidelines since he was a Monday Night Football announcer.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll also stands out considering he has been to the playoffs six times in eight years and reached two Super Bowls with the team, winning one. However, things have taken a downturn in Seattle after it missed the playoffs last season and with cornerback Richard Sherman no longer on the team and rumors regarding safety Earl Thomas’ future making headlines this offseason.
A 2018 firing of Carroll would be a surprise given his resume, but the Seahawks are no longer the dominant force in the NFC West heading into the new campaign.