The Monday after week 17 is known as "Black Monday" because there are usually a lot of coaches and GMs that are canned. It doesn't seem like either of those will happen in Tennessee, unfortunately, but we will be keeping track of everything that happens around the league.
The first domino to fall was Jim Harbaugh leaving San Francisco. He is expected to go to Michigan, where they are already seeing an uptick in recruiting, and get a truckload of money. It should be fun watching him and Urbs mix it up on Saturdays.
The next move came this morning with Jay Glazer reporting that Rex Ryan has been fired in New York:
Rex Ryan was just informed that he has been fired. Black Monday has begun— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 29, 2014
Ryan won't be out of work long. He could find a defensive coordinator job today if he wanted it. There is also some chatter that he could do TV for a year. I think his name makes sense in Chicago if the Bears end up firing Marc Trestman. They love the Ryan boys in Chicago with all of the success Buddy had there in the early-mid 80s. Buddy was the architect of that 1985 Chicago Bears defense that a lot of people think is the best defense in NFL history.
There will be more to come. We will keep this thread updated as the day goes along.
Ian Rapoport is reporting that Mike Smith is out in Atlanta:
The #Falcons will announce the firing of coach Mike Smith at their press conference source says. It’s over.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2014
That Falcons job is a very attractive job. They have a ton of talent down there.
The Chicago Bears have also fired GM Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Late to the party but source confirms to <a href="https://twitter.com/NFLonFOX">@NFLonFOX</a> that <a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoBears">@ChicagoBears</a> have fired HC Marc Trestman & GM Phil Emery</p>— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) <a href="https://twitter.com/alexmarvez/status/549575157128646656">December 29, 2014</a></blockquote>
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That is another interesting job. They have a lot of talent on offense, but Jay Cutler is a coach killer. I would love to have that job if I am able to trade Cutler.