As the NFL exhibition season starts in full force this weekend across Ohio sports betting and the regular season just around the corner on Thursday, Sept. 7, the hot-seat conversation has already started for several coaches on the sideline.
BetOhio.com took a look at which coaches are on the hot seat entering the 2023 season and compiled hypothetical odds on which coach will be fired first.
The results are below. Keep tabs on BetOhio.com for more NFL coverage, plus our updated Browns Playoff Chances page.
Odds Of First NFL Coach Fired
Stefanski Has Work Cut Out For Him
Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski is No. 3 on the list with a 13.3% (+650) chance to be let go, which would make him somewhat of a favorite on sports betting apps in Ohio.
Without quarterback Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles topped the list with an 18.2% (+500) chance to be the first. Ironically, former Browns starter Baker Mayfield may be leading the Bucs offense this season.
Entering his fourth season (50 games) at the helm, Stefanski has compiled a 26-24 record, but has suffered back-to-back sub-.500 seasons since going 11-5 and earning not only a playoff appearance but a postseason victory back in 2020.
Last season, the Browns finished with a 7-10 record (4th in the AFC North) but will finally have the services of quarterback Deshaun Watson for hopefully a full season.
In 2022, Watson played in the final six games (3-3) of the season after serving an 11-game suspension and being fined $5 million for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy after a settlement was reached between the league and the NFL Players Association.
Cleveland lost six games by eight points or less last season. So, a healthy and productive Watson could mean wonders for Stefanski’s success and employment, and may even alter the Browns Super Bowl odds early in the season.