Black Monday in the NFL has started for 2022, but what actually is it? Which teams are already looking to fill their vacancies.
At the start of any NFL season, the target for each franchise is clear: get to the post-season.
Go and win the Super Bowl – or at the very least give it a good go and end the season with a bit of credibility.
Coaches will have formed game plans for each opponent, with some coming off – and others not quite.
The tale of the tape is usually found in the final division rankings at the end of the regular season.
The 2021/22 regular season ended on Sunday, 9th January, as some NFL black Monday 2022 approached.
But what actually is NFL black Monday, and what has happened in it in 2022, so far?
NFL black Monday explained
Black Monday is the name given in the NFL to the first Monday after the end of the regular season.
Teams that have failed to qualify for the post-season begin their inquests as to why they did not make it through.
Usually, it ends with the head coach and other key team members being sacked as the franchise looks to bring in fresh ideas for a playoff push the following campaign.
In 2021, two coaches – Anthony Lynn and Doug Marrone of the Los Angeles Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars were shown the door.
This year, six coaches have already been fired – some on Black Monday in the NFL, and others before the traditional date in 2022.
Who has been fired already?
Predictably, the six teams who have released their head coach are all teams who failed to make the post season.
As of 12pm ET on Monday, 10th January the teams who have fired/sacked their coaches either on or before Black Monday in the NFL are listed.
They are as follows, with each team’s final position also stated:
- Brian Flores – Miami Dolphins – third – AFC West
- Vic Fangio – Denver Broncos – fourth – AFC West (below)
- Mike Zimmer – Minnesota Vikings- second – NFC North
- Matt Nagy – Chicago Bears – third – NFC North
- Urban Meyer – Jacksonville Jaguars – fourth – AFC South
Jon Gruden also left his post as coach of the Oakland Raiders.
In October 2021, offensive emails he had written surfaced, and he resigned mid-season.