Change is in the air. “Black Monday” arrived in the NFL the day after the regular season ended with a flurry of major changes beginning around the league. As a new cycle of firing and hiring proceeds, we’re tracking all of the latest moves.
<mark class=”hl_orange”>The Chicago Bears fired general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy.</mark>
The scoop: Pace is out in Chicago after seven seasons during which his teams went 48-65, qualified for the postseason twice and failed to record a playoff victory. In his first NFL head coaching stint, Nagy finished 34-31 with two playoff losses over four seasons.
The Bears never found the right fit between Nagy and a quarterback during his tenure , running through Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. Nagy’s offense remained stuck in the bottom third of the league in many categories . The Bears finished 6-11 this season.
The Bears have reached out to former Eagles coach Doug Pederson to schedule an interview for their head coaching role, according to a league source. An ESPN report also indicated the Bears have requested permission to interview Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for the job. The team, according to NFL Network, has also requested to speak with Colts director of college scouting Morocco Brown for the GM opening.
<mark class=”hl_orange”>The Minnesota Vikings fired general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer</mark>
The scoop: Spielman was with the Vikings since 2006, first as the vice president of player personnel and then as the general manager since 2012. In that time, the Vikings went 132-123-2 with six playoff appearances.
Zimmer, a longtime NFL defensive coordinator, became the Vikings head coach in 2014. He led three seasons of 10 or more wins, three playoff appearances and two playoff victories. The Vikings finished 8-9 after a victory over the Bears on Sunday.
<mark class=”hl_orange”>New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement after four seasons in that role.</mark>
The scoop: In 2018, Gettleman became the general manager in an organization where he had spent 13 years previously in front office roles. But his efforts to resuscitate the franchise failed with the Giants experiencing their worst four-year stretch of losing in team history. The Giants went 19-46 under Gettleman’s watch, including a 4-13 faceplant this season during which the offense finished last in the NFC in both total yardage and scoring. Gettleman announced his retirement Monday but may have been fired if he hadn’t. The future of coach Joe Judge remains uncertain and may hinge on what happens with their intensifying GM search.
<mark class=”hl_orange”>The Miami Dolphins fired coach Brian Flores after three seasons.</mark>
The scoop: Flores was fired in his third season despite posting back-to-back winning seasons. The Dolphins were 5-11 in his first year, 10-6 in 2020 and 9-8 this season, but they didn’t make the playoffs in his tenure.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross released a statement saying he “determined that key dynamics of our football organization weren’t functioning at a level I want it to be and felt that this decision was in the best interest of the Miami Dolphins.” General manager Chris Grier will remain with the team in his current role, ESPN reported.
<mark class=”hl_orange”>The Denver Broncos have fired head coach Vic Fangio after three seasons.</mark>
The scoop: Fangio didn’t record a winning season in his three in Denver. He finished 19-30 in his first stint as an NFL head coach, including 7-10 this season. Fangio, 63, was a defensive coordinator in the NFL for 19 seasons, including four in Chicago, before he joined the Broncos in 2019.
Fangio’s defense this season ranked in the top 10 in yards and points allowed. But the Broncos offense didn’t produce well enough under Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock, the latest in a revolving door of quarterbacks in Denver recent years.
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<mark class=”hl_tblue”>The Jaguars have conducted at least five interviews to replace Urban Meyer.</mark>
The scoop: The Jaguars fired Urban Meyer on Dec. 16 after just 13 games with the team.
The team already has gotten deep into their search to replace him, reportedly interviewing former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson, former Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
Read more of our coverage from Black Monday and beyond
- Column: George McCaskey impugns Olin Kreutz’s character over a 2018 part-time job with the Bears — and that makes even less sense than offering the 6-time Pro Bowl center $15 an hour in the 1st place
- Column: The Bears made major moves Monday, firing Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy. But how much really will change in their search for a new GM and coach?
- ‘This is a results-driven league’: Bears players react to the firings of coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace
- 22 potential candidates for the Bears’ GM opening
- 27 potential candidates to become the Bears next coach
- Disorder. Dysfunction. Disappointment. As the Bears’ systemic failures continue, one proposed remedy has become common: ‘You clean house.’
- ‘He knows how to galvanize people’: If the Bears set out on a coaching search this offseason, Leslie Frazier should be on the radar
- Matt Nagy’s time with the Bears: A look back at the career highs — and lows — for the coach
- The Bears have never fired a coach midseason. Here’s a look at how past coaches have fared — and when they left the franchise.
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