Coaching in the National Football League is not for the faint of heart. Coaching staffs are often required to put in 20-hour work days; they must deal with some of the most egotistical athletes in the world; they are almost always the scapegoat when their team loses; and to top it all off, long-term job security is virtually nonexistent for the overwhelming majority of NFL coaches.
With the 2017 NFL season rapidly approaching, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas have put together their version of an NFL coach “hot seat.” Here’s who they give the best odds of being fired first in 2017.
[Editor’s note: Article based on odds as of June 28, 2017.]
7. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
Odds: +2000 (20-1)
Sean Payton is the best coach in Saints history. You cannot argue this fact. And for that reason alone we were fairly surprised to see him rank this high on the list. Nevertheless, it’s hard to ignore all of the rumors circulating about his future with the franchise over the last couple offseasons. At the end of the day, though, it would take a completely disastrous season for the Saints to actually fire Payton, who has four years and over $30 million remaining on his current contract. We don’t see that happening.