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Browns’ Jackson Favored to Be First NFL Coach Fired in 2018

Head coach Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns talks with a line judge in the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The 2018 NFL season is still two and a half months away, but that hasn’t stopped sportsbooks from setting odds on which head coach will be the first to get the ax in the upcoming campaign.

At BetWay, Cleveland Browns bench boss Hue Jackson is the +350 favorite to receive his walking papers, with Miami’s Adam Gase (+750), Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis (+1000), Denver’s Vance Joseph (+1000), Tampa Bay’s Dirk Koetter (+1200), Washington’s Jay Gruden (+1600), the New York Jets’ Todd Bowles (+1600), Houston’s Bill O’Brien (+2000), Dallas’ Jason Garrett (+2500) and Baltimore’s John Harbaugh (+2800) topping the list.

Is Jackson’s time coming to an end in Ohio?

On the heels of an 0-16 season, Jackson was occupying the hottest of hot seats, but the Browns raised eyebrows by deciding to bring him back. In his two years at the reins of the Browns, Jackson has gone 1-31. Normally that would be more than enough for a coach to lose his job, but these are the Browns we’re talking about.

The good news for Cleveland fans and bettors alike is the Browns had a surprisingly good offseason. New general manager John Dorsey decided to put his stamp on the franchise early by acquiring ex-Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and former Miami Dolphins wideout Jarvis Landry. Dorsey also selected his signal-caller of the future, Baker Mayfield, with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, while using the rest of his many selections to fill numerous holes throughout the roster.

Considering they have nowhere to go but up, the Browns should improve this year, but if Jackson cannot get this group going, he could very easily be shown the door.

Best of the rest

Gase, Joseph, Koetter, Gruden and Bowles are all sensible selections to potentially lose their jobs, but I’m not quite sure why Lewis is priced so high. Cincinnati owner Mike Brown preached “continuity” in January by bringing back Lewis for a 16th season, yet it’s a questionable decision for a man who’s never managed to win a playoff game in his time with the franchise.

The two-year extension to the bench boss caused groans for Bengals fans who’ve seen their team post back-to-back losing seasons. Lewis has the third-best winning percentage of any Bengals head coach and is clearly viewed in extremely high regard by the front office, so don’t expect them to can him if the Bengals start off slow again.

In my eyes, Koetter provides the most value in this regard. The Bucs took a major step back in 2017 in the form of a 5-11 record and are projected to once again finish in the basement of the NFC South. Koetter, who’s entering his third year with the club, could very likely be gone at some point in the season if things aren’t going well and it’s decided the young squad could use a new voice in the locker room.

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Odds on which NFL coach will be fired first in the 2018 season
Hue Jackson (Browns)+350
Adam Gase (Dolphins)+750
Marvin Lewis (Bengals)+1000
Vance Joseph (Broncos)+1000
Dirk Koetter (Buccaneers)+1200
Jay Gruden (Redskins)+1600
Todd Bowles (Jets)+1600
Bill O’Brien (Texans)+2000
Jason Garrett (Cowboys)+2500
John Harbaugh (Ravens)+2800

Odds as of June 20 at BetWay