Heading Into Week 17, Which Coaches are Safe and Which Ones are Not?

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

With just one week remaining in the regular season, it is gut check time for a lot of teams in the NFL. With that being said, which coaches are safe heading into the final week of the regular season and which ones aren't?

Dallas Cowboys: Jason Garrett: His job is safe because they won the NFC East for the third time in five seasons. Jerry Jones doesn't plan on getting rid of him anytime soon.

Philadelphia Eagles: Doug Pederson: His job is safe because they won the Super Bowl last season and Philadelphia is on the verge of making it to the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Washington Redskins: Jay Gruden: His job is safe because he had an unfortunate injury to quarterback Alex Smith this season. They probably would have won the NFC East if Alex Smith did not get hurt and Washington was really good defensively this season.

New York Giants: Pat Shurmur: His job is safe because it was his first season as New York's coach and they played hard for him. He will need to show improvement next season and the roster needs a lot of retooling in the offseason and Shurmur has some how gotten Eli Manning to play decently this season.

Los Angeles Rams: Sean McVay: His job is safe because he has led the Rams to the playoffs in his first two years as coach of this team. McVay is also an offensive wizard.

Seattle Seahawks: Pete Carroll: His contract is up at the end of the season. The Seattle Seahawks should sign him to a contract extension because of the tremendous job he did with this team this season. Seattle is in the postseason.

San Francisco 49ers: Kyle Shanahan: His job is safe because the 49ers are going through a rebuild. San Francisco's season took a turn for the worst in Week 3 when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL against the Kansas City Chiefs on the road. The San Francisco 49ers need to show major improvement next season or Shanahan will be in trouble.

Arizona Cardinals: Steve Wilks: His job should be safe, but the Cardinals are planning to move on from him after one season. Arizona is 3-12 this season. The front office hasn't been pleased with him. The players want him back next season. Arizona will probably be looking for a new coach after Week 17.

Chicago Bears: Matt Nagy: His job is safe because not only was it his first year as head coach of this team, but Nagy led them to the NFC North title for the first time since the 2010 season. Chicago still has a chance to earn a first-round bye with a win and a Los Angeles Rams loss in Week 17.

Minnesota Vikings: Mike Zimmer: His job is safe because he has been an impact for the Vikings over the past few years. They are on the verge of making the playoffs again this season as long as they beat the Chicago Bears or if the Philadelphia Eagles lose to the Washington Redskins.

Green Bay Packers: Joe Philibin: He will not be retained as the interim coach. They fired Mike McCarthy before Week 14. Philibin is 2-1 as the interim coach, but he isn't the answer long term for this football team. They need a defensive minded coach with this team and they need a very good offensive coordinator to get on the same page with Aaron Rodgers.

Detroit Lions: Matt Patricia: His job is safe because it is his first year as the Lions coach and he doesn't have a lot of personnel to work with.

New Orleans Saints: Sean Payton: His job is safe because he has been buddies with Drew Brees for years and they are on the verge of winning their second Super Bowl title in franchise history this season.

Atlanta Falcons: Dan Quinn: His job should be safe, but he will most likely need to move on from his offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator. If Quinn refuses to agree, he could be handed a pink slip.

Carolina Panthers: Ron Rivera: He will most likely be retained even though Carolina went into a tailspin at the end of the season. New ownership will keep him around, but it is possible Rivera is on a short leash in 2019.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dirk Koetter: He is definitely gone at the end of the season. Tampa Bay has not improved in any of the three years under him. They may have to start over at the quarterback position as well. The Buccaneers will need to hire a coach who will be patient with a rebuild.

New England Patriots: Bill Belichick: His job is safe because he is a genius and has won 10 straight AFC East titles. They will be on the verge of another possible Super Bowl appearance.

Miami Dolphins: Adam Gase: He will most likely be gone because the Dolphins are dysfunctional. Gase should be kept and he overachieved with a terrible roster. I thought they were only going to win two games all season. Ryan Tannehill will be the reason why Adam Gase loses his job and they need a new quarterback before a new coach.

Buffalo Bills: Sean McDermott: He will be kept around. Buffalo made it to the playoffs last season. The front office made changes personnel wise in the offseason and it didn't help.

New York Jets: Todd Bowles: He will probably be handed a pink slip after next week. His job fate was sealed weeks ago when they were embarrassed at home against the Buffalo Bills.

Kansas City Chiefs: Andy Reid: His job is safe because he continues to lead this team to the postseason, but Reid needs to fire his defensive coordinator at the end of the season.

Los Angeles Chargers: Anthony Lynn: His job is safe because he has shown tremendous improvements with this team this season.

Denver Broncos: Vance Joseph: The Broncos will most likely move on from him at the end of the season. Denver was better this season. John Elway is too impatient in the front office.

Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden: He is not going anywhere anytime soon. Gruden is basically the general manager of this team as well as the coach. He needs to nail this upcoming NFL draft.

Baltimore Ravens: John Harbaugh: He is going to be safe because he signed a contract extension. These talks about him leaving Baltimore at the end of the year was ridiculous.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Tomlin: A lot of Pittsburgh fans want him fired and they are tired of his mediocrity. The Steelers have not won a Super Bowl in a decade. If they don't not make the playoffs, Tomlin should be fired. If they make it to the playoffs, Pittsburgh will have to win at least one playoff game in order to give him another year.

Cleveland Browns: Gregg Williams: He took over for Hue Jackson after Week 8. Cleveland is 5-3 under him. They have a chance to play spoiler in Week 17. Win or lose after this week, the Browns need to keep Williams as their head coach.

Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis: He is long overdue to be fired. Lewis needs to go and this franchise is in utter disarray. Cincinnati has a lot of talent and it isn't reaching its potential. They need a new head coach who will discipline this team.

Houston Texans: Bill O'Brien: This is going to be an interesting one here. O'Brien should be safe, but if Houston slips to a wild card and finishes one-and-done in the playoffs, the Texans should maybe consider moving on from him. As long as he wins the division, O'Brien will be safe.

Indianapolis Colts: Frank Reich: He will not be going anywhere anytime soon. Reich has done a tremendous job coaching this team and he has been a good match for Andrew Luck. If Josh McDaniels was the coach of this team, it would not have worked out. Indianapolis has a chance to make it to the postseason in his first season as coach.

Tennessee Titans: Mike Vrabel: His job is safe. Vrabel has done wonders with his defensive personnel this season. He has also done a good job with the offensive personnel he has had. Tennessee has a chance to make it to the playoffs in his first season as coach.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Doug Marrone: He should be safe for the 2019 season. It wasn't his fault that the quarterback position was bad for them this season. If Jacksonville plays this bad next season, he will most likely be gone.