Black Monday: NFL Coaching and Staff Changes

With the 2014 NFL season over, many teams did not finish where they wanted to be. With the famous “Black Monday” upon us, some teams have already taken the steps to clean house.

In Chicago, after finishing with a 5-11 record, head coach Marc Trestman was let go after his second disappointing season with the Bears. The Bears got Trestman in 2013 from the Canadian Football League, and the experiment next panned out. After giving Jay Cutler a 6-year contract extension over 100 million dollars, the Bears also let go of their General Manager Phil Emery.

NFL Player Jay Cutler

The Atlanta Falcons finally decided to cut ties with Mike Smith, a coach who finished with a 66-46 record in 7 years as Atlanta’s coach. While Mike Smith brought the franchise their first back to back winning seasons in history, Smith held a 1-4 post season record and coached the team to a 4-12 record in 2013 and 6-10 record in 2014, both seen as unacceptable by team owner Arthur Blank.


In New York, there was no surprise when the Jets parted ways with both head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik. Ryan’s team was 4-12 this season, following an average 7-9 season in 2013. Ryan led his team to back to back AFC Championship games back in ’09-’10, but it wasn’t enough to keep him around, as quarterback Geno Smith showed no growth.

New York Jets v Tennessee Titans

Lastly, with the Michigan head coaching job open, 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh have parted ways. Harbaugh led his team to a 8-8 record this season. After 3 seasons with back to back appearances in the NFC Championship game, the growth of newly 100+ million dollar quarterback Colin Kaepernick has regressed and the ex-49ers coach will be going back to the college realm to coach Michigan.

While most coaching changes happen on Black Monday, some teams have not made a decision yet on their staff changes.

The Oakland Raiders will be interviewing new coaching candidates after firing their head coach Dennis Allen after the 4th week of the season.

The Clevland Browns and New York Giants seem to be leaving things as is also, both who had under achieving seasons.

Who do you think will replace these coaches? Sound off in the comment sections!


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