On the hot seat: Steinauer leads Bodog odds to be first CFL head coach fired in 2021

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We are three weeks into the 2021 CFL season and things are already looking bleak for several teams.

In a 14-game shortened season, there is no room for error and an early slump could cost a team any chance at a playoff push. That means some head coaches may face a referendum on their abilities sooner rather than later.

In anticipation of that fact, Bodog has released new odds on which CFL coach will be shown the door first in 2021. While it may be morbid to gamble on another person’s livelihood, there is some value to be had for the smart bettor and a surprising name at the top of the list.

Current odds on the first CFL coach to be fired in 2021

Orlondo Steinauer, Hamilton Tiger-Cats +200

Football is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world and starting out 0-2 in a season where you were favoured to win the Grey Cup at home will get even the 2019 CFL Coach of the Year on the hot seat real fast.

Khari Jones, Montreal Alouettes +250

The Alouettes put forward a commanding win in their opener against Edmonton, but oddsmakers seem to have little faith in Jones and his crew.

Paul LaPolice, Ottawa Redblacks +300

As RNation will be happy to remind you, Ottawa won it’s first game under their new head coach. Their offence still mustered only 94 total yards on the evening though and that is the part of the game LaPolice is responsible for.

Ryan Dinwiddie, Toronto Argonauts +500

Dinwiddie was flying high after a Week 1 victory, but fell victim to his quarterback play in Week 2. If the first-year head coach can’t right the ship with a star-studded roster, there will be trouble.

Jaime Elizondo, Edmonton Elks +750

No team has more promise than the Elks and none have delivered less offensively through two weeks of the CFL season, but oddsmakers don’t believe Elizondo is in major trouble just yet.

Rick Campbell, B.C. Lions +750

The storyline the last two games has been the chaotic situation at quarterback, but Campbell looks like he’s had the Lions firing on all cylinders for the last six quarters.

Dave Dickenson, Calgary Stampeders +1200

A disappointing 0-2 start and the loss of their starting quarterback to injury has many sounding alarm bells over the end of the Stampeders’ dynasty, but oddsmakers don’t see Dave Dickenson in any jeopardy.

Craig Dickenson, Saskatchewan Roughriders +1200

With the amount of injuries and new faces they’ve had to juggle, Saskatchewan’s 2-0 start is a testament to two things: great quarterbacking and fantastic coaching.

Mike O’Shea, Winnipeg Blue Bombers +1200

Guiding the reigning Grey Cup champions to a 2-0 start means Mike O’Shea can rest on his laurels a bit, not that the Bombers’ coach ever would.