NFL coaches fired in 2023

Find out the head coaches who were unfortunately fired during the 2022/23 season in the NFL.


NFL coaches fired in 2023

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The National Football League is one of the most technical sporting leagues in the world. Many do not realize the amount of effort that goes into the planning and plotting of a particular offensive or defensive play executed by players on the gridiron, but most of it is due to the hard work put in by the coaches.

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While some tactics and plays workout perfectly, others might not reach the same fate, the responsibility is mainly borne by the head coaches. They are the ones who become the guiding light for the players in a franchise and can be easily compared to the captain of a ship.

However, in the ever-changing landscape of the National Football League (NFL), coaching changes are a common occurrence. The latest NFL season was no exception, as a number of head coaches found themselves out of work by the end of it. Let’s take a closer look at some of the head coaches who were fired in and after the 2022/23 NFL season.

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Kliff Kingsbury

Kliff Kingsbury (via Sky Sports)
Kliff Kingsbury (Image via Sky Sports)

The Arizona Cardinals fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury after a disappointing season, in which they finished bottom of the AFC West table with a shocking 4-13 record. Kingsbury had been with the Cardinals for four seasons, during which he compiled a record of 28-37-1. His rocky relationship with star quarterback Kyler Murray didn’t help his cause. The 43-year-old got the sack on January 9th, despite signing a massive 6-year contract extension in 2022 itself due to the Cardinals’ continued to struggle.

Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith
Former Texans head coach, Lovie Smith (Image via Texans Monthly)

Lovie Smith also found himself out of a job after the Houston Texans decided to part ways with him on the 8th of January. He was fired despite winning his final game in charge of the franchise as they failed to get hold of the No.1 draft pick in the 2023 NFL draft. Smith had taken over as the Texans’ head coach in 2021, taking over the role from David Culley. Incidentally, the 64-year-old became the third man to be fired from the role of the Texans’ head coach in three consecutive seasons.

Matt Rhule

Former Panthers HC Matt Rhule (via Bleacher Report)
Former Panthers HC Matt Rhule (via Bleacher Report)

The third name on the list of head coaches fired in the 2022/23 NFL season is Matt Rhule of the Carolina Panthers. It goes without saying that the Panthers had a torrid start to the season and the management decided enough was enough after a 37-15 humbling against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6. However, he didn’t have to wait for too long to get his next gig. Rhule became the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers just two months after his firing on October 10th, 2022.

Frank Reich

Colts HC Frank Reich (via USA Today)
Former Colts HC Frank Reich (via USA Today)

The Indianapolis Colts made the biggest headway this season, by firing head coach Frank Reich. It became one of the biggest talking points of the season courtesy of the Colts’ decision to name Jeff Saturday, a former ESPN analyst as their interim head coach. Reich’s time at the franchise came to an end in November, as he failed to find a solution to their constant quarterback struggles post Andrew Luck’s retirement in 2019. He, too, found himself a job in the NFL rather soon after being appointed the head coach of the Carolina Panthers in January 2023.

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Nathaniel Hackett

Nathaniel Hackett
Nathaniel Hackett (Image via Broncos)

Former Denver Broncos‘ head coach Nathaniel Hackett was the third man to be fired within a year of his hiring, as he got relieved of his role following a 51-14 drubbing against the Los Angeles Rams. Hackett even had to hire an assistant to manage the clock and specific situations. In November 2022, with the Broncos’ offense ranking near the bottom of the league in every major category, Hackett gave up play-calling duties. It was clear that the writing was on the wall for Hackett, and his firing came the day after an ugly loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Christmas Day.

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