With the NFL playoffs underway, a handful of non-postseason teams are looking for new head coaches. The Monday after the NFL regular season is known as “Black Monday” because there are multiple coaches who are fired due to a lack of team success. And this year was no different as several coaches were fired for multiple reasons.
One team to watch out for is the Dallas Cowboys and their head coach Mike McCarthy. The team finished the year 12-5 and won the NFC East. However, they lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the wild-card round of the playoffs over the weekend, and due to team expectations, there was talk of McCarthy being fired after two seasons.
“I don’t even want to discuss something like that at this particular time,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan this week, according to NFL.com. “That is not on the table. The game speaks for itself.” Being a head coach in the NFL isn’t easy as the expectation is to win right away, but because the league is a family, coaches who don’t get fired won’t be out of work for long. Here’s a look at the teams looking for a new head coach.
Chicago Bears (Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Bears fired head coach Matt Nagy after being with the team for four seasons. He led the Bears to an NFC North title in his first season (2018), but then posted a 20-27 record since then. The Bears also fired general manager Ryan Pace.
prevnext Minnesota Vikings (Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
After eight seasons as head coach, the Vikings fired Mike Zimmer. In his career with the Vikings, Zimmer posted a record of 72-56-1, but was only 15-18 the past two seasons and failed to make the playoffs.
prevnext Miami Dolphins (Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Brian Flores was just the Dolphins’ head coach for three seasons and many were shocked to see him let go. There were reports that he did not get along with Field Marshal Tua Tagovailoa, which could have played a role in his dismissal.
prevnext New York Giants (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Joe Judge had a disappointing career with the Giants, going 10-23 over two seasons. It looked like Judge would be the coach for another season, but that changed when general manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement.
prevnext Houston Texans (Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)
David Culley was only the head coach for one season and had very little to work with. Whoever becomes the next head coach had an uphill battle due to a lack of talent, problems with the front office and uncertainty with quarterback Deshaun Watson.
prevnext Denver Broncos (Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)
Vic Fangio scored just 19 wins in three seasons with the Broncos and never made the playoffs. He built a strong defense and will likely become a defensive coordinator with another team next season.
prevnext Las Vegas Raiders (Photo: Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Jon Gruden was fired during the season after a series of emails were published that included racist, homophobic and sexist language from him. The Raiders selected Rich Bisaccia as their interim head coach and made the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
prevnext Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Urban Meyer was shown the door 13 games into his first season after a series of incidents with him, including being seen at a bar with a woman who is not his wife. Meyer could return to college football as he won two national championships at Florida and one at Ohio State.
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