Across the Atlantic, the first Monday following the end of the NFL regular season is nicknamed “Black Monday”. A day of all dangers for the coaches of the teams not qualified in the play-offs. This Monday, they are already four to have taken the door.
In Colorado, Denver was the first team to draw. Last in the AFC West division (7 wins-10 losses), the Broncos thanked Vic Fangio. In three seasons, the coach has won only 19 matches (for 30 defeats) and has never managed to take Denver to the play-offs. Fangio also failed to find a quarterback to lean on during his tenure.
After three seasons in Miami, Brian Flores was also dismissed on Monday. The former defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, however, has a balanced record with 24 wins for 25 losses. But for the second consecutive year, Miami failed at the door of the play-offs (9 wins-8 losses), weighed down by a catastrophic start to the season (1 win in 8 matches). The Dolphins are looking for a new coach and mentor for their young quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa.
Chicago and Minnesota turn a page
Further north, in Chicago, Matt Nagy did not leave the franchise alone. The Bears also fired general manager Ryan Pace. The Illinois team won six games in 2021, far too few to find the play-offs and save their coach’s job. In four seasons with the Bears, Nagy made the finals twice, but never won a game.
Finally, the Mike Zimmer era came to an end in Minnesota after eight seasons and an appearance in the NFC Conference Finals, the march before the Super Bowl, in 2017. For the second straight year, the Vikings missed the play-offs despite a talented workforce, like receivers Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. As in Chicago, the general manager, here Rick Spielmann, will also pack his bags.
The waltz of coaches may not be over. According to Fox Sports, the Houston Texans (4 wins-13 losses) in 2021 are preparing to sack David Culley, appointed less than a year ago at the helm of a rebuilding team, and deprived of his star quarterback Deshaun Watson, accused of multiple sexual assaults. Finally, John Gruden (Las Vegas), after accusations of racism and misogyny, and Urban Meyer (Jacksonville) had to leave their franchise during the regular season.