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
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