It’s the one day of the year that fringe-level NFL executive fear the most. The day after the NFL’s final regular season has become known as “Black Monday” throughout the league, as franchises put head coaches, GMs, and other personnel on the hot seat. The result of it usually comes in the form of mass firings. The latest edition of Black Monday started a little earlier than usual, as Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles was let go last week as head coach of the football club.
We will continue to update throughout the day on who is safe and who is gone.
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles fired head coach Chip Kelly last week. Kelly’s Eagles won 10 games in back-to-back seasons, amping up their offensive pace to NFL record heights before an extremely disappointing 2015 campaign.
San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers announced on Sunday night they fired coach Jim Tomsula after just one season with the team. The Niners went 5-11 under Tomsula. Former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and Chip Kelly have expressed interest in the position.
Chip Kelly’s camp has reached out to 49ers to express interest in their HC opening, per league source. 49ers likely to at least consider it.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2016
Cleveland Browns: The Browns fired coach Mike Pettine shortly after the team’s Week 17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pettine was 10-22 as Cleveland’s coach. Ray Farmer, the embattled general manager, was also relieved of his duties after meeting with the team’s ownership before Sunday’s loss. New York Giants: Head Coach Tom Coughlin steps down from position. He had led the Giants to two Super Bowl championships during his tenure .Only Bill Belichick and Marvin Lewis have longer head coach tenures with their current teams than did Coughlin, who took the Giants’ job in 2004. According to Adam Schefter, Coughlin decided to step down before Giants asked if he wanted to stay. Coughlin will remain active, open to listening to teams.
Wording on a monumental departure: Tom Coughlin officially has stepped down as Giants HC, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2016
Miami Dolphins: While the team have been working with interim coach Dan Campbell for the majority of the season after firing Joe Philbin early in the season, they will consider Campbell for the full-time position while interviewing the likes of former Redskins head coach Mike Shananhan, Teryl Austin, Adam Gase and Bills running backs/assistant head coach Anthony Lynn.
Tennessee Titans: The Titans fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt on November 3rd. Whisenhunt had a record of 1–6 this season, and 3–20 overall, when he was let go following Week 8. Mike Mularkey went on to win two of nine games as the interim coach. The Titans also hold the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Indianapolis Colts: In what is seen like somewhat as a surprise, the Colts announced Monday night that head coach Chuck Pagano has agreed to a four-year contract extension. Their season featuring well-documented in-fighting with general manager Ryan Grigson and persistent “hot seat” reports.
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