Gus Bradley favored to be first NFL coach fired this season

Twelve weeks into the NFL season, no head coaches have been fired. But, there are several on the hot seat, led by Jacksonville's Gus Bradley.

 

We're entering Week 13 and not a single team has changed head coaches.

That's despite four teams having two or fewer wins.

In fresh odds from BookMaker.eu, Jacksonville's Gus Bradley is the favorite to be the first head coach canned during the season.

The public, however, seems more interested in betting owners will show restraint.

"Bettors are occupationally optimistic this year, as the first action we drew with these adjusted odds came on 'No coach fired,' which moved from 20/1 to 12/1," said BookMaker's Scott Cooley. "Many owners have publicly stated they are staying with their guy, but I can't recall the last year a head coach wasn't fired before the season ended."

Here's a rundown of coaches on the hot seat and their odds to get the first pink slip this season:

Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars: +185 (bet $100 to win $185)

The Jags have lost six straight to fall to 2-9, meaning Bradley has just 14 wins in nearly four full seasons in charge. Quarterback Blake Bortles is regressing and the defense hasn't intercepted a pass in seven games.

Todd Bowles, New York Jets: +325 (bet $100 to win $325)

At 3-8, the Jets are AFC East bottom-feeders. According to Cooley, Bowles has drawn bets already, likely based on the report he was fearful of losing the locker room if he made a QB change. The Jets will likely move on from Ryan Fitzpatrick this off-season, and perhaps Bowles as well.

Jeff Fisher, LA Rams: +400 (bet $100 to win $400)

Earlier, there was talk of a contract extension for Fisher, whose team has lost six of seven. That talk has dissipated. The team finally turned to rookie Jared Goff at quarterback, but it might be too late.

Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals: +450 (bet $100 to win $450)

The second-longest tenured coach behind Bill Belichick, Lewis' perennial playoff team has slumped to 3-7-1. Cincy has been decimated by injuries (A.J. Green, Gio Bernard) and that could help save Lewis' job.

John Fox, Chicago Bears: +650 (bet $100 to win $650)

Fox's team also has been ravaged by injuries. Doesn't change the fact he's 8-19 in two seasons in Chicago.

Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers: +700 (bet $100 to win $700)

The Chargers are 5-6 after losing a string of close games in heartbreaking fashion early in the season. After going 4-12 last season, McCoy might need a strong finish to avoid the axe.

Chip Kelly, San Francisco 49ers: +700 (bet $100 to win $700)

The offensive guru came over from Philly with high expectations, but he's 1-10. And the 49ers only recently have become competitive. One rumor out there has Kelly returning to Oregon now that the Ducks have fired Mark Helfrich.

Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts: +1450 (bet $100 to win $1,450)

The 5-6 Colts are very much alive in the division race, trailing Houston and Tennessee by one game. But, the fear is they're wasting Andrew Luck, owing to their Swiss cheese offensive line and bottom-five defense.

Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers: +1550 (bet $100 to win $1,550)

McCarthy has only had one losing year, and Monday night's win in Philly might have turned this season around. It is ludicrous to even see McCarthy on this list.

Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals: +1600 (bet $100 to win $1,600)

Another head-scratcher, as Arians went 10-6, 11-5, and 13-3 his first three seasons in the desert. This year's 4-6-1 struggle can largely be blamed on Carson Palmer.

Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills: +1700 (bet $100 to win $1,700)

The Bills are 6-5, but need a strong finish to cement Ryan's job security. He has not finished above .500 since 2010 with the Jets.

Hue Jackson, Cleveland Browns: +1800 (bet $100 to win $1,800)

No one is blaming Jackson for this 0-12 disaster. Not yet anyway. The front office is fully to blame for a team that lacks NFL players at several positions. Jackson is a brilliant offensive mind who will succeed, given time and talent.