The day after the end of the regular season is nicknamed Black Monday because it is when most coaches and GMs get fired. Over the past few years teams have increasingly not bothered waiting, and this year was no different.
Jeff Fisher, Gus Bradley, and Rex Ryan were fired prior to Sunday by the Rams, Jaguars and Bills. There’s usually a mid-season firing every year, but three is extreme.
And then Sunday came, and with it jobs were lost.
Before the 49ers game, GM Trent Baalke was fired, and after it Chip Kelly was fired too. The Chargers also fired head coach Mike McCoy after their game rather than wait until Monday.
Gary Kubiak retired for health reasons, he had missed a game earlier this season with migraines. Bruce Arians was rumored to have also been considering retiring for health reasons, but has publicly stated he will not.
Along with firings, teams also back coaches. The Jets have said that head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagan will return, but changes are expected at the assistant level, in particular offensive coordinator Chan Gailey is expected to be fired.
Additionally, Sean Payton and the Rams reportedly have mutual interest.
Every once in a while there is an unexpected firing. The Bears are expected to keep John Fox and GM Ryan Pace, but nothing is official either way. Could the Vikings putting all their chips in for 2016 be the end of Mike Zimmer or GM Rick Spielman? Could Jim Irsay wake up and change his mind about Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson? Will Dan Snyder revert to form and can some people?
On Monday, the Jaguars fired GM Dave Caldwell, which was expected.
We’ll keep you updated as they happen.