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Bill O’Brien, Jason Garrett didn’t start 2018 on the hot seat. But has that changed?

Houston Texas coach Bill O’Brien (left) and Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett (right) are pictured in this composite photo.
Houston Texas coach Bill O’Brien (left) and Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett (right) are pictured in this composite photo. Star-Telegram archives

At this rate, the two NFL head coaches in Texas might not keep their jobs for long.

Plenty of fans want Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to fire Jason Garrett. A number of fans have made the same public plea to Texans owner Bob McNair concerning Bill O’Brien.

Both teams have young quarterbacks in Deshaun Watson and Dak Prescott, both of whom have shown major potential. The rosters also possess an ample amount of surrounding talent.

Due to past performances, neither Garrett nor O’Brien owned the best job security entering this season.

However, the pair weren’t exactly on the hot seat, either. At least according to oddsmakers.

Right before Week 1, O’Brien (+2000) was listed as the seventh most likely NFL head coach to be fired first in 2018. Garret was ranked tied for eighth, (per oddsshark.com).

Here’s the list ranked from most to least-likely to get fired before Week 1 of the season.

Dirk Koetter (Buccaneers)+250
Hue Jackson (Browns)+350
Vance Joseph (Broncos)+650
Adam Gase (Dolphins)+750
Marvin Lewis (Bengals)+1600
Todd Bowles (Jets)+1600
Bill O’Brien (Texans)+2000
Jay Gruden (Redskins)+2800
Frank Reich (Colts)+3300
Jason Garrett (Cowboys)+3300
John Harbaugh (Ravens)+3300
Jon Gruden (Raiders)+3300
Matt Nagy (Bears)+3300
Mike Vrabel (Titans)+3300

The season is still young, but boy, three games can really alter the landscape in the NFL.

The Cowboys are an underwhelming 1-2, while the Texans are 0-3. Both squads are already facing an uphill climb to make the playoffs.

The 12 head coaches who entered the season with similar or worse odds to be fired have, up to this point, collectively produced a surprising 20-15-1 record.

The Dolphins are undefeated and could tighten their AFC East lead this weekend against the Patriots.

The Bears are in sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

The Redskins, Buccaneers, Bengals, Broncos, Titans and Ravens are all 2-1. And they all hold at least a share of first place in their respective divisions.

The Browns could very easily be 3-0 and now have a potentially dynamic quarterback in rookie Baker Mayfield.

The Jets, Colts and Raiders are under .500. However, the latter two teams have a first-year head coach.

In Houston, O’Brien still has the support of his owner, at least publicly.

The same holds true of Garrett in Dallas.

During his weekly radio on 105.3 The Fan, Jones said that despite his team’s underwhelming record, he has not ‘hit the panic button’ and he “likes our coaching staff.’

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