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NFL Firings Tracker: Black Monday begins early in 2016

Traditionally, the day after the NFL season is known as 'Black Monday', when coaches and general managers around the league get called into

Traditionally, the day after the NFL season is known as ‘Black Monday’, when coaches and general managers around the league get called into their owner’s office to be told that they are being let go. Black Monday, however, is starting a little early this year, with several firings made ahead of time, and other firings being reported before the final game has been played. To keep you up to date with all the firings around the league, we’ve put together this tracker to keep you up to date with all the rumours and news!  

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs have fired head coach Lovie Smith in a shock move.  

Indianapolis Colts

After waiting all day, the Colts have announced there will be NO official press conference today, per Philip B Wilson. According to Stacey Dales on NFL Network, this is due to Pagano still meeting with owner Jim Irsay. Mike Silver reports on NFL Network, as recorded by Chad Wright, says that Pagano may have been the source of the friction between him and Ryan Grigson in an attempt to oust the GM. We’ll see whether that has any impact on Pagano’s future with the team. It has been reported that Chuck Pagano will be fired at the conclusion of the season, though Jim Irsay later issued a statement merely stating that “no decision has been made with respect to any structural changes within the Colts organization for 2016 and beyond”.


St. Louis Rams/San Diego Chargers

Per NFL.com’s Albert Breer, the Rams and Chargers are unlikely to fire their head coaches due to the up-in-the-air nature of their teams’ possible relocation to LA. Breer has since confirmed that McCoy has been declared ‘safe’ by team management. Mike McCoy may be safe, but their offensive coordinator Frank Reich is reportedly being fired.    

New York Giants

Update: the Giants have indeed fired Tom Coughlin. Per Adam Schefter, he will remain active and listen to offers from other teams. Additionally, general manager Jerry Reese is safe, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala. While nothing official has come out on Tom Coughlin’s future with the team, the below tweet seems particularly telling (Coughlin met with the Giants players this morning, ahead of a meeting with team ownership later today): https://twitter.com/KimJonesSports/status/684059113102389248    

San Francisco 49ers

Team president Jed York confirms that GM Trent Baalke will remain with the team. The San Francisco 49ers announced on Sunday night that after just one year, head coach Jim Tomsula has been fired. Adam Schefter is reporting that they are expected to explore making a move for Saints HC Sean Payton.  

Tennessee Titans

The Titans have fired general manager Ruston Webster.  

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are expected to make a play for Saints HC Sean Payton, per philly.com. The Eagles, who fired Chip Kelly earlier this week, have interviewed the team’s running backs coach Duce Staley for the head coach position, thereby satisfying the Rooney Rule.  

Cleveland Browns

Mike Pettine has released a statement about his release from the team. General manager Ray Farmer has been released by the Browns. Vic Carucci is saying that the team’s Executive VP Sashi Brown is likely to be the replacement. NFL.com are reporting this morning that Mike Pettine will be fired by the Browns, and that Ray Farmer is likely to be fired too.  

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins announced on Saturday night that they have parted ways with the their general manager Dennis Hickey. His replacement, per ProFootballTalk, will be Chris Grier. In a letter to season ticket holders on New Year’s Day, owner Stephen Ross said that interim head coach Dan Campbell would get an interview to take on the position full-time.    

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Gur Samuel

Hi! I'm Gur and I'm RealSport's Editor-in-Chief. I'm also currently the site's tennis editor, and contribute to our NFL, wrestling and Formula 1 coverage as well. I'm also an NFL analyst for CNN International and contributor to SB Nation, and have contributed to, or been interviewed by, various print, broadcast and online media, including the BBC, Mail Online, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Boston Globe, and Yahoo! Sports.

NFL Firings Tracker: Black Monday begins early in 2016

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