Gruden is favored to be first head coach fired

Ben Krimmel
August 13, 2019 - 12:44 pm
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The bookies say the Washington Redskins will soon need a new head coach.

Jay Gruden, who has a 35-44-1 record in Washington, is the odds-on favorite to be the first NFL coach dismissed this season, according to Bovada. Gruden is +300 (or 3/1). 

New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur is second-favorite at +700 (7/1), the Detroit Lions' Matt Patricia +1000 (10/1) is third, and Houston Texans' Bill O'Brien +1200 (12/1) and Atlanta Falcons' Dan Quinn are tied for fourth. (And, naturally, Bill Belichick is most secure at +15000 (150/1), so fill your boots on that one.)

The Redskins have made the playoffs just once in Gruden's time in Washington, 35-18 home loss to the Green Bay Packers. And there was speculation Gruden was coaching for his job toward the end of last season.

Now in his sixth season, Gruden is the longest-tenured head coach since Daniel Snyder bought the franchise in 1999. Snyder fired Norv Turner after parts of two seasons, then dismissed Marty Schottenheimer after one year, Steve Spurrier resigned after two seasons, Joe Gibbs lasted four seasons (making the playoffs twice) during his second stint,  Jim Zorn had two dreadful seasons at the helm, and finally, Mike Shanahan got four full seasons.

In the rest of the NFC East, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is +1500 (15/1) and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is tied for the second-longest odds with former Skins assistant now Rams head coach Sean McVay at +10000 (100/1). 

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