Four first-year coaches are still looking for their first wins

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For the first time in the NFL’s 100 seasons, four rookie coaches are still looking for their first wins after four weeks of the season.

As noted by Trey Wingo of ESPN, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, Bengals coach Zac Taylor (pictured), Broncos coach Vic Fangio, and Dolphins coach Brian Flores have failed to win a single game in their first four attempts to do so, and that’s the first time that four first-year coaches have suffered that fate.

Kingsbury has a tie on his record, making the combined report card for the quartet 0-15-1.

Two other first-year coaches are doing significantly better. Packers coach Matt LaFleur has a 3-1 record and Browns coach Freddie Kitchens is 2-2. Both, based on tiebreakers, are in first place in their respective North divisions.

The other two new coaches aren’t first-timers. Bucs coach Bruce Arians is 2-2, and Jets coach Adam Gase is 0-3.

25 responses to “Four first-year coaches are still looking for their first wins

  1. Coincidentally Kitchens and MLF walked into far better situations talent wise than any of the four winless coaches.

  2. Miami, NYJ, and Cincinnati are absolutely horrendous. If it wasn’t because they have to play each other, I wouldn’t be surprised if 2 of those teams went 1-15.

  3. rogerdodger99 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Miami, NYJ, and Cincinnati are absolutely horrendous. If it wasn’t because they have to play each other, I wouldn’t be surprised if 2 of those teams went 1-15.

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    Miami has little to no chance of getting to 1 win. They have lost by 20 or more every game. This isn’t a fluke.

    NYJ will be OK because their defense is average and they will get Darnold back. Doubtful they don’t win a few.

    Cinci… they are in for a long season also, but they get to play the Dolphins, so they will get one win at least.

  4. I don’t really understand what Fangio saw in Denver that inspired him to transition to being a head coach. He’s been a top notch defensive coordinator for the last umpteen years and he’s coaching the best defense in the NFL and he chooses to try to be a head coach on a team that is clearly on the decline. Outside of Bradley Chubb and Von Miller, there isn’t much to be excited about in Denver, and now Chubb is out for the year. Good luck, Vic! You’re gonna need it.

  5. It’s not a good look for Fangio to be 0-4 in Denver and the Bears defense is looking as good if not better under Pagano in Chicago.

    The Broncos play the Chargers this week. 0-5 is looming for poor Vic.

  6. Vic is a wonderful DC, he’s not head coach material.

    The fanny pack look is not helping his status either.

  7. The big surprise is Vic Fangio and now we no why no other team ever gave him a shot at being a head coach, only doofus Elway was stupid enough. Furthermore, Elway hired a known, admired defensive coach and the defense has gotten much worse. I think every one knew Flacco would be a bust, but the defense should not be worse.

    Can already see moron Elway trading 1st rounders for Cousins or Cam Newton or Andy Dalton.

  8. And yet the league wants to cut down preseason for more regular season games and give new head coaches even less time to work with the players and install their systems.

  9. Fangio is the headscratcher. They have good players on defense but haven’t played up to their talent.
    I expected them to be a tough out, but no…
    Bad look for Vic.

  10. Miami has little to no chance of getting to 1 win. They have lost by 20 or more every game. This isn’t a fluke.

    Miami plays Washington in 2 weeks. Rosen is the best QB right now on either squad.

  11. This is what happens when you play copycat. Let’s go get the bright, YOUNG guy with lots of upside. If you have ended up, for whatever reasons, with a crappy roster, why not get someone who has seen it all to make them into a real team. The fans deserve that much.

  12. This is what happens when you play copycat. Let’s go get the bright, YOUNG guy with lots of upside. If you have ended up, for whatever reasons, with a crappy roster, why not get someone who has seen it all to make them into a real team. The fans deserve that much.
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    Like Fangio??….

  13. aarons444 says:
    October 1, 2019 at 10:51 am
    Zac Taylor looks like a 1-and-done.

    Completely inept.
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    only thing i disagree with is one and done. apparently you do not know Mike Clowns MO. he is cheap so he will keep him for years like Dave Shula.

  14. only thing i disagree with is one and done. apparently you do not know Mike Clowns MO. he is cheap so he will keep him for years like Dave Shula.
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    Fair enough.

    But he took a .500ish team, and has them looking like a winless bunch.

    Even Supreme Cheapo Brown has to be able to see that.

  15. And the silver lining in this is game tickets for 2 of those teams can be had for as little as $14(the Cards & Miami) and in the $20 range for the Bengals! However Denver fans aren’t so lucky, the cheap tickets just to watch them lose are still around $70ea! 🤣

    Maybe its just me, but doesn’t it seem like there are more bad teams in the NFL this season than there’s been in a long, long time? And there are a whole lot more empty seats for it being so early in the season also. Looks like the NFL has a huge attendance problem on its hands but they won’t acknowledge it, at least not publicly! Sure viewership might be up but its coming at a huge cost to the NFL = actual attendance which takes massive amounts of money away from ticket sales, concessions, parking, souvenirs, etc.

    Looks as if the NFL is starting to head down the same path as NASCAR!

  16. Focusing on the Head Coach in certain NFL franchises may be unfair and not accurate. Personnel mistakes, drafts, trades made by GM’s and administrations are often way more responsible for the poor current records. One example is the Miami Dolphins quest for a franchise quarterback. They have passed up on Mason Rudolph now with Pittsburgh and performing and Lamar Jackson with Baltimore. Current Franchise QB hopeful Josh Rosen has almost no support to win games due to attempts at building draft capital. However having a lot of draft capital means nothing if the franchise brain trust can’t identify or passes up on good NFL talent. Current first year coaches are left at the mercy of ownership to give them time at rebuilding from mistakes made by previous personnel decision makers.

  17. Some of these guys want to be coaches so bad that they become head coaches prematurely. Zac Taylor and Brian Flores have no business being head coaches…what have they been special at? As a assistants they were just normal nothing great. McVay made Taylor look great and BB made Flores look capable.

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