Yes, most NFL teams have only played one preseason game. And yes, the start of regular season is still three weeks away. But that doesn’t mean players and coaches around the league aren’t already on the hot seat; the NFL is s results-oriented organization, where performing at a high level is required at all times. If someone isn’t up to the task, and a better option is available, teams will make a change in an instant.

Who is staring down this possibility already? Here are five people who are already on the hot seat:


5. Chad Henne

Chad Henne

Henne probably can’t hold off Bortles

When the Jaguars selected Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, everyone understood that he’d be the starting quarterback in Jacksonville eventually. The only question was when he’d be in the lineup, not if it would happen. After just one preseason game, it might be sooner rather than later. Why? Because the veteran quarterback ahead of the rookie on the depth chart didn’t play very well against Tampa Bay. In four drives, Henne failed to lead the Jaguars to any points, finishing the game just 4-of-7 for 30 yards and fumbling a snap. Meanwhile, Bortles came in and shined, going 7-of-11 for 117 yards and helping Jacksonville to a 16-10 victory. Based on one game, the rookie was better than the veteran; that’s a recipe for Henne finding himself on the bench ASAP.

Heat Meter: 5 – Bortles will eventually replace Henne, but head coach Gus Bradley doesn’t seem to eager to rush the move


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  1. Walter Spargo

    “he’s not that good; that’s why he was available.” Respectfully disagree! He is good. How many QBs have thrown for over 4000 yards three times in four years in their career?

    Matt Schaub has over 24,000 yards in his 10 year in the league. Take away the time in Atlanta where he was a back-up and only played in 6 games in 3 years. Now you have a QB with 23,021 yards, 124 TDs and 78 INTs.

    His lifetime QBR, including his time with the Falcons is 89.8. He had a bad year in 2013, but other than that, he has been very good.

    You also forgot that he had 2 passes dropped. They weren’t on the money, but they were catchable and his WRs have to make those catches.

  2. Walter Spargo

    Correction: Schaub played in 38 games and started 2 games in 3 years and only threw 161 passes during that span.

  3. F.T. Allen

    I totally agree with Walter Spargo. The man had one bad year and suddenly he’s the worse QB since Ryan Leaf. If he had signed with anyone but the Raiders all the pundits would be raving about how good a move it was for that team…

  4. Hate all the Manziel hype that the media conjures up. In the first preseason…yep, preseason, game, all his reps came against 2nd & 3rd string defenses and his reads were slow. He has a LONG way to go. On the other hand, Hoyer had dropped passes, a tipped ball that was said to have been “thrown high” and gave his team the only opportunity to score a touchdown. Not sure how the numbers an compare until both go against the same level. In my opinion, it is like saying one guy did not play well against NFL starters while the other one did not do so well versus a high school team. The media fuels this battle when there really should not be one.