The NFL regular season is over, and with it, there’s likely a changing of the guard among current head coaches.
Every year, “Black Monday,” the first Monday after the regular season ends, sees a wave of head coaches and front office executives lay off as teams that have had disappointing seasons begin to change direction. within the organization.
Last year two coaches were made redundant the day after the season ended. The Chargers fired Anthony Lynn and the Jaguars fired Doug Marrone. Two teams already have interim head coaches, with Darrell Bevell at the helm of the Jaguars following the sacking of Urban Meyer and Rich Bisaccia as coach of the Raiders following the resignation of Jon Gruden.
Several other teams are likely to head to new coaches to lead their squads into the 2022 season. Sporting News tracks teams that make coaching changes on “Black Monday”.
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Licensed NFL coaches
- Vic Fangio, Broncos
- Urban Meyer, Jaguars
- Jon Gruden, Raiders (resigned)
Vic Fangio is the third head coach to be fired or resigned in the 2021 NFL season, joining Urban Meyer and Jon Gruden. The Broncos, Jaguars and Raiders now have vacant head coach positions to fill in 2022 with more chances to come. The 2021 hiring cycle produced seven new head coaches, including Meyer.
NFL coaches in the hot seat
Will the Bears fire Matt Nagy?
It has long been said that this would be the last season in Chicago for Matt Nagy. The 2018 NFL Coach of the Year led the Bears to their first losing season under him, but it will be the second time in four years at the helm that Chicago has missed the playoffs.
Much of the worry with Nagy at the helm has been the inability to develop first-round quarterbacks. Mitch Trubisky finished second overall in 2017, but never became the star the Bears hoped for. After a season of struggling from the 11th overall pick of 2021, Justin Fields, the Bears are looking for someone who can make sure the former Ohio State caller is the face of the franchise to move on. before.
According to reports, Nagy entered Sunday’s game against the Vikings knowing it would be his last with the Bears. And on Saturday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported this Sunday would be his last game as Chicago coach.
Boomer has learned Matt Nagy has been told he will not be returning as Chicago Bears head coach
– Morning Show with Boomer & Gio (@WFANmornings) January 5, 2022
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Will the Seahawks fire Pete Carroll?
Pete Carroll has led the Seahawks to levels of success unprecedented in franchise history. They have reached the playoffs in five straight seasons, including back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014, the former of which brought Seattle a title for the first time. The Seahawks finished in the cellar in 2021 for the first time since Carroll took over, and he admitted it has been a frustrating season. It also looks like it could be his last in Seattle.
Carroll’s vocal disappointment in the squad led to calls from fans to move on as the most successful coach in team history. However, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said 710 h Seattle that Carroll still has a lot of influence on the team and is more likely to retire or resign than to be fired by the organization. This hasn’t stopped speculation from others like Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, talk with 670 The Score, that Carroll could be on the move and that he could be an option for a team like the Bears.
Will the Vikings fire Mike Zimmer?
Another change in NFC North could come after Sunday’s game between the Vikings and the Bears. Minnesota recorded its second consecutive losing season, the first time it has had back-to-back under-500 years since Mike Zimmer took over as head coach. It’s also the second season that the Vikings’ defense is one of the worst in the league.
Vikings property reportedly met last week to discuss personnel changes involving both head coach and general manager positions, with Athletic report that a move on the future of Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman could be made on Monday. Canfora reported on CBS Sports Saturday that the team is expected to leave Zimmer at the end of the season.
Will the Giants fire Joe Judge?
Back in December, a report came out of SNY that Giants part-owner John Mara has kept the faith that Joe Judge is the right head coach to stay in New York. Instead, New York’s biggest replacement this offseason appears to be at the front office, with CEO Dave Gettleman likely to retire or fire. Rumors have been circulating for some time that Gettleman will not be returning, but despite the second consecutive losing season under Judge, he can look safe.
The judge launched a bizarre rant after his team’s crushing loss to the Bears in Week 17, where he defended his team and said many former New York players would like to continue playing for the Giants. It’s possible that the performance since that gear (0-3, outscored 84-19) combined with her tirade could prompt Mara to fire Gettleman and Judge and hit the reset button again. But since Tom Coughlin’s resignation, no Giants coach has lasted more than two seasons. New York might want to end that streak and give the judge one last chance to turn things around.
Will the Broncos fire Vic Fangio?
When George Paton took over as general manager of the Broncos in 2021, it was reported that Vic Fangio was due to lead to the playoffs in 2021 or he would be out after the campaign. The Broncos missed the playoffs, but even after the chase was eliminated, Fangio remained at the helm.
That certainly doesn’t mean Fangio will be there in 2022. Florio reported in December that Fangio was already a candidate for dismissal. With the arrival of a new owner to the team in 2022 and already working under the direction of a general manager who has not hired him, Fangio could be set to come out with new faces at the top at the top. looking for a change. La Canfora reported that Fangio is unlikely to return after his team’s last game against the Chiefs on Saturday.
Update: The Broncos fired Vic Fangio on Sunday morning after their 28-24 loss to the Chiefs in Week 18. He went 19-30 in three seasons as a head coach.