Black Monday wasn’t quite as dark as usual this year. Only three coaches were laid off after the regular season ended.
Black Monday, the day N. . F.. . L.. . Head coach is often shown the door, it wasn’t so dark this year. But that was only because so many coaches had already been fired.
Doug Marrone of the Jaguars was the first to learn of his fate on Monday morning. The news was confirmed in a statement from Jacksonville owner Shad Khan, who is also on the market for a new general manager.
Hours later, the chargers fired Anthony Lynn, one of only three black coaches in the N.. . F.. . L.. . Lynn had a regular-season record of 33:31 in four seasons with the Chargers, but his teams had lost records in the previous two seasons.
« I’m not sure there is any other person in this league more respected as a person than Anthony » Charger owner Dean Spanos said in a statement about Lynn, before confirming in the next sentence, that N. . F.. . L.. . Football was « a results-driven business » and having ended 5-11 and 7-9 in the last two seasons wasn’t exactly the results it was looking for.
Lynn’s sacking means there are only two black head coaches in the league right now: Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins and Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers. It also made the chargers the sixth N.. . F.. . L.. . Team in the market for a trainer.
Lynn and Marrone joined Adam Gase of the Jets, who lost his job on Sunday, and three coaches who didn’t even make it through the season: Bill O’Brien of the Houston Texans, Dan Quinn of the Atlanta Falcons and Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions.
The Jaguars won their first game of the season against the Colts, sparking a wave of Minshew Madness headlines about the triumph of their colorful quarterback Gardner Minshew. They then lost 15 games in a row. This marked the end of the line for Marrone, the former Buffalo Bills head coach who got the Jaguars to the A.. F.. . C.. . Championship game in his first season but has been 12-36 since then. The jaguars ???? The 1-15 record will give them the top pick in this year’s draft, a selection they’ll likely use for Trevor Lawrence of Clemson. Goodbye, Minshew Madness.
Despite a winning streak at the end of the four games, the Chargers fired Anthony Lynn after four seasons. In his second season he had led the team to a 4-12 record and his first playoff spot in five years. But he followed suit with 5-11 and 7-9 records, and on Monday, despite praise from Chargers owner Dean Spanos, he was told he was out.
Lynn’s fate seemed sealed after the Chargers lost 45-0 to a not particularly good Patriot team in early December. Winning four when it didn’t matter wasn’t enough to save him. However, it could have resulted in the job at Chargers being the only position that could be particularly enticing to unemployed coaches, especially since the advent of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert could make a turnaround a lot easier.
Gase was fired on Sunday, not long after the Jets lost to the Patriots. The team finished the season 2-14 after a 0-13 start. Gase was expected to be an offensive guru, but he was 9-23 years old in both of his seasons and young quarterback Sam Darnold was struggling. After the Browns made the playoffs after 17 years, the Jets now have the longest run in which they missed the playoffs, 10 seasons. The next longest playoff drought is five.
Bill Oâ ???? Brien was fired by the Texans after a 4-0 start. Oâ ???? Brien was 52-48 with four playoff appearances and two playoff wins, and he had won the A.. F.. . C.. . South four of the last five seasons. But his roster change as General Manager did not bring the success that was necessary to keep his job.
Dan Quinn was fired by the Falcons after two 7-9 seasons and then started with 0-5. In more than five seasons he was 43-42 with two playoff appearances and one loss to the Patriots in 2016 in the Super Bowl.
Matt Patricia was fired by the Lions after losing on Thanksgiving. In more than two seasons he was 13-29-1. The Lions finished 5-11 and are still aiming for their second playoff win since 1957.
Four other teams that have broken bad records are not expected to fire their head coaches.
The Bengals (4-11-1) had an exciting season with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, but despite that poor record, the team said on Monday that they would not sack coach Zac Taylor.
Doug Pederson is still revered in Philadelphia for his 2017 Super Bowl season, and despite some grumbling around his town and locker room, he is expected to keep his job despite the Eagles finishing 4-11-1 terrible breakup.
The Panthers and Broncos were 5-11 this season, but Matt Rhule and Vic Fangio are likely to stay, too.
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