Black Monday could get ugly this year for NFL coaches, as it’s looking like quite a few of them could be less than 24 hours away from being unemployed.
Reports from a number of outlets, including Fox and the NFL Network, are reporting that at least three more coaches could be on their way out after today’s games. The Denver Broncos already kicked off pink slip season by handing Vic Fangio his following the team’s week 18 loss to the Chiefs on Saturday. He could soon be joined by the likes of Matt Nagy, Mike Zimmer and David Culley.
According to numerous sources, the Bears, Vikings and Texans are all expected to fire their current head coaches after today’s games.
The Bears entered today with a 6-10 record. They’re set to miss the playoff for the second time in Nagy’s four seasons with the team. They have yet to win a playoff game during his tenure, with both postseason appearances resulting in Wild Card losses.
Zimmer is headed for his fifth non-playoff season since joining the Vikings in 2014. Despite a ton of weapons on both sides of the ball, the Vikings have stumbled to a 7-9 record with one game remaining.
And finally, there’s the Texans’ David Culley, who inherited a terrible team in 2021 and actually willed them to four impressive wins. Despite that rather incredible feat, it appears as though he’ll be one-and-done in Houston, with rumors of the team’s interest in Josh McDaniels suddenly swirling.
As for a couple of other guys on the hot seat, Matt Rhule appears to be safe for now, while Pete Carroll’s fate will be determined after today.
Looks like there will be a lot of vacancies this offseason. It’ll be interesting to see how some of these rebuilding teams decide to go about their upcoming coaching searches. Stay tuned.
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