NFL Notes: HC On Hot Seat, 49ers, Colts, Giants, & Panthers

HC On Hot Seat

ESPN’s Adam Caplan (Insider) takes a look at NFL coaches who could be on the hot seat at the half-way point in the year.

  • Caplan considers Colts HC Chuck Pagano, Browns HC Mike Pettine, and Lions HC Jim Caldwell to be the most likely coaches to be fired, barring improvement.
  • Caplan believes Chargers HC Mike McCoy‘s seat is warm right now.
  • Coaches who would appear to be on the hot seat, but are “colder than you think” include Redskins HC Jay Gruden, Jaguars HC Gus Bradley, and Rams HC Jeff Fisher.


  • According to Rand Getlin, there’s a “strong sense” from people around 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick who get the sense that the decision to bench him was influenced by the front office.
  • Adam Caplan reports that the 49ers are expected to sign CB Chris Davis to their practice squad.
  • The 49ers won’t be signing veteran RB Ben Tate to a contract, despite the fact that he worked out for the team on Tuesday. (Eric Branch)


  • Colts signed G Ben Heenan to their practice squad.
  • Colts released OL David Arkin from their practice squad.


  • Giants signed TE Matt LaCosse to their practice squad.


Panthers HC Ron Rivera said that current Ravens WR Steve Smith has earned the opportunity to retire as a member of the Panthers.

“As a Panther? Eventually? Yeah, when he gets an opportunity,” Rivera said Tuesday when asked if he wanted to see Smith end his career as a Panther, via Bill Voth of “He deserves it. He’s earned that opportunity.

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