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Sep 22, 2022 7:25 pm

NFL Hot Seats: Panthers’ Matt Rhule favored to be first fired – again

With the Carolina Panthers starting the 2022 season with a pair of losses, Matt Rhule has regained his favorite status as the first NFL coach likely to be fired.

Rhule topped the list over the offseason but was temporarily surpassed by Mike McCarthy after Dallas lost its season opener along with quarterback Dak Prescott to an injury.

The Cowboys rebounded with a Week 2 victory over the reigning AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals, and Prescott is on an accelerated path to returning. Meanwhile, the Panthers lost at the New York Giants last week and the offense is sputtering with new quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Rhule is now the +200 favorite at SportsBetting.ag to be the first head coach fired this season. His fate could be determined by how the Panthers’ upcoming three-game homestand goes against New Orleans, Arizona and San Francisco.

Indianapolis’ Frank Reich is feeling the heat of an 0-1-1 start after the Colts acquired veteran quarterback Matt Ryan. Reich opened the week at +350 but his odds had lengthened to +700 at the sportsbook by Thursday.

Frank Reich
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Reich was surpassed by Denver’s Nathaniel Hackett, who has the second-shortest odds at +500 despite being only two games into his tenure. The Broncos’ first-year coach opened the week as a +2000 longshot in the prop market but has come under intense scrutiny for poor clock management during an opening loss at Seattle and a come-from-behind win at home against Houston.

Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury might have received a bit of a reprieve with the Cardinals storming from behind to win in Las Vegas after a home blowout loss to Kansas City in Week 1. Kingsbury’s odds of being the first coach fired are +800.

First Coach Fired Odds

  • Matt Rhule, +200
  • Nathaniel Hackett, 500
  • Frank Reich, +700
  • Kliff Kingsbury, +800
  • Mike Vrabel, +1000
  • Josh McDaniels, +1200
  • Kevin Stefanski, +1200
  • Ron Rivera, +1400
  • Mike McCarthy, +1600
  • Arthur Smith, +2000
  • Pete Carroll, +2000
  • Lovie Smith, +3300
  • Dennis Allen, +4000
  • Dan Campbell, +4000
  • Robert Saleh, +4000
  • Zac Taylor, +4000
  • Mike Tomlin, +4000
  • John Harbaugh, +5000
  • Kyle Shanahan, +5000
  • Matt Eberflus, +6600

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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