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NFL Coaching Carousel: Rex Ryan, Adam Gase, and More

NFL Coaching Carousel: Rex Ryan, Adam Gase, and More

On Black Monday in the NFL, several head coaches and general managers were released from their positions. Annually, the day after the last games of the regular season, or Black Monday as it is known by around the league, NFL front offices and ownership decide to fire coaches who have underperformed or are not fitting the team’s vision. This is done so that coaches have the ability to have as much time as possible to work with their new teams and begin to assimilate with their new organization. Most fired coaches either are rehired as a head coach, or accept coordinator or positional coaching positions. Here is a breakdown of who was fired on Black Monday:

  • Chicago Bears: Head Coach Marc Trestman, General Manager Phil Emery
  • Atlanta Falcons: Head Coach Mike Smith
  • New York Jets: Head Coach Rex Ryan, General Manager John Idzik
  • San Francisco 49ers: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh

None of these came as a surprise, and the potential candidates being mentioned aren’t surprising either. So far, no official hires have been made, and teams will have to interview several coaches before making a final decision. Here is a breakdown of the coaches/front office personnel being interviewed by teams for head coaching or general manager positions:

  • Broncos Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase: 49ers HC Position, Bears HC Position, Falcons HC Position
  • Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn: 49ers HC Position, Falcons HC Position, Jets HC Position
  • Former Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan: 49ers HC Position, Falcons HC Position
  • Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels: 49ers HC Position, Falcons HC Position
  • Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles: 49ers HC Position, Falcons HC Position
  • Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin: Falcons HC Position
  • Browns Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan: 49ers HC Position
  • UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora: 49ers HC Position
  • Chiefs General Manager Chris Ballard: Bears GM Position
  • Giants General Manager Mark Ross: Bears GM Position
  • Titans General Manager Lake Dawson: Bears GM Position
  • Ravens General Manager Vince Newsome: Bears GM Position
  • Seahawks Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable: Jets HC Position
  • Chargers Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich: Jets HC Position
  • Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak: Jets HC Position
  • Seahawks Director of Pro Personnel Trent Kirchner: Jets GM Position
  • Eagles Director of Pro Personnel Rick Mueller: Jets GM Position
  • Ravens Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta: Jets GM Position

In the coming weeks there will be more names added to this growing list, and more than likely numerous positions could be filled in the next week or so. Some coaches won’t want to leave their playoff teams until their season is over, but some will take this opportunity to jump ship and start right away.

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