baker18
With another NFL season coming to a close the Famous "Black Monday" has been a rough one on coaches today as 8 head coaches saw their walking papers and more could be on the way. Here is my thoughts on the firings so far and what could be next for their teams.

AFC EAST:
Miami: After going 10-6 in his first year in Miami, Adam Gase fell off his last two seasons to go 23-25 before being let go today. Part of that record was due to a slew of injuries the past two seasons with Ryan Tannahill missing more games than playing and relying on CUttler and Osweiler in his absense. Gase appeared to be safe again this season until the team fell apart in December showing little effort in the process. With an uncertainty at QB and a team that struggled defensively, expect the Dolphins to take their time finding a new coach.

NY Jets: Much like Miami, Todd Bowels had a great first year as a head coach before three terrible seasons to end his tenure. This was by far his worst season as a coach, but largely due to a lack of talent and young roster around him. After not hiring an offensive minded head coach since Bill Parcells, expect the Jets to go i that direction this time around whether it comes from college ranks, a coordinator or MM type coach to help mold and be creative with Darnold. (Bowels will land as a d coordinator somewhere).

NFC EAST:
All coaches are safe at the moment. Potential firing could be Jay Gruden, but after the O line injuries and what happened with four qbs to end the season, he should be safe this season.

AFC NORTH:
Cincinnati: After 16 years leading the franchise, the NFL's second longest tenured coach Marvin Lewis is not returning next season. THis is a move long expected and possibly should have been made 2 seasons ago. The Bengals have pieces around and shouldnt have much trouble attracting a new head coach. Sources feel bringing back Hue Jackson may be the front runner. Lewis may retire from coaching given age.

Cleveland: The most intriguing job opening this offseason will be the Browns job. After firing Hue Jackson and Todd Haley in october, interm Head coach Gregg Williams helped lead the Browns to a 5-2 record down the stretch and will get strong consideration to return. I doubt that happens as Mike McCarthy appears to be the favortite to take the job with Bruce Ariens as an option. Question is will Williams and the new Offensive Coordinator remain on the staff.

Harbaugh saved his job in Baltimore by going with Lamar Jackson, while Mike Tomlin appears safe in Pittsburgh despite a free fall finish.

NFC NORTH:
Green Bay Packers: After 13 years, McCarthy was relieved of his duties with four games left in he season. Interm head coach Joe Philbin went 2-2 and will get a chance to interview and keep his job. However, Chuck Pagano and Jim Caldwell already interviewed with Josh McDaniels and Pat Fitzgerald a list of names still to come. This is a coveted job that will be filled, but it may take awhile as they need to be smart and try and get Rodgers one more SB shot.

Hot seat:
Detroit: Despite being his first season in Detroit, Matt Patricia went 6-10, but it was not a pretty season. Even with a 31-0 win at GB to end the year, rumors are swirling that players do not like playing for him.

Minnesota: Who would have ever thought Mike Zimmer would be on the hot seat entering this season. That is exactly the case after going 8-7-1 and failing to make the playoffs with an 84 million dollar QB. Not only that, they fired offensive coordinator John DiFlippo with three weeks left and promoted Kevin Stefanski to position. With just one year left on his contract, i expect Zimmer to be back, but unless he improves against winning teams, 2019 will be his last in purple.

AFC SOUTH:
All coaches are safe at the moment, but Doug Marrone in Jacksonville seems like the most likely to go. Much like Minnesota, they were one game away from the big game before crashing and burning this season. Part of that was qb play, part was injuries, but mostly it was a defense that was not nearly as good causing rifts in the locker room.

NFC SOUTH:
This is the most interesting division to me because as many as three coaches could be gone.
Tampa Bay: As of now, Dirk Koetter is the only coach no longer employed in this division following a second straight losing season. This move was evident a few weeks ago, despite competitive efforts from the Bucs most of he season. Bruce Ariens is a name high on the Bucs list because of his relationship with the GM.

Hot Seat:
Carolina: After impressing the league with a 6-2 start, the bottom fell out on Carolina as they dropped 6/7 games in a row to miss the playoffs. Ron Riveras seat was hot last season and it is about to melt under him now. The only thing saving him is Cam Newton as his shoulder injury may be enough to keep River boat Ron around in 2019. Look for him to try and lure Steve Wilks back for D Coordinator job.

Atlanta: After making the superbowl 2 seasons ago, Dan Quinn lost in the wildcard game last season before a forgettable year this year. Even with injuries on the defensive side of the ball and losing Davonte Freeman, the Falcons are too talented to be where they are. Quinn should get one more season to prove his worth.

AFC WEST:
Denver: After two subpar seasons, Vance Joseph will not be patrolling the sidelines anymore. The tough thing about his firing is that he was never put in position to succeed since Denver has been looking or a QB since Manning retired. With Keenum not being able to live up to what he did in Minnesota, the Broncos are in another situation to draft or sign a qb hoping to change fortunes of the franchise. Gary Kubiak who was the superbowl winning coach with Manning, is being lured back into becoming offensive coordinator with the next coach.

NFC WEST:
Arizona: To me the most shocking firing was that of the Cardinals letting Steve Wilks go after one season. Sure the Cardinals went 3-13 which was the worst record in the NFL, but he had to follow the success of Ariens which was not going to be easy. Not to mention a horrid defense, injuries to David Johnson on offense, and a QB carosal early that saw Sam Bradford not only lose his job to rookie Josh Rosen, but get cut in the process, Arizona let OC MIke McCoy go with them. Now with the franchise in absolute shambles the next head coach has to pick up the pieces and try to win games. Wilks wont be unemployed too long as he looks to have interest in returning to Carolina to become DC once agian.
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The Bengals hiring Hue Jackson to replace Marvin Lewis would be the most daft move I think I've ever heard of.
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In other interesting news, the Raiders are hiring NFL Network Draft analyst and color commentator Mike Mayock as GM.

There are rumors that Gruden is still calling the shots, but doesn't want to do all the scouting/draft-related legwork of a true personnel man.
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db11 wrote:
In other interesting news, the Raiders are hiring NFL Network Draft analyst and color commentator Mike Mayock as GM.

There are rumors that Gruden is still calling the shots, but doesn't want to do all the scouting/draft-related legwork of a true personnel man.

Just think where the Raiders were with McKenzie as the GM, then they bring in Gruden and everything falls apart. I think the NFL passed Gruden by while he was out of the league for so long. They'll be in trouble for a long while now, IMO.
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baker18
I agree hiring Hue Jackson in Cincy would not be smart, but the oganization loves him. There is a reason they brought him back after he was fired in Cleveland and when he was the offensive coordinator there, the Bengals were a solid team. Sometimes a certain situation doesnt work out as it didnt in cleveland, but he was 8-8 in his lone season in oakland. I think he may be ok in Cincy
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Miami: After going 10-6 in his first year in Miami, Adam Gase fell off his last two seasons to go 23-25 before being let go today. Part of that record was due to a slew of injuries the past two seasons with Ryan Tannahill missing more games than playing and relying on Cutler and Osweiler in his absence.


I like Adam Gase a LOT!!!!!

He has done some good things with aging QB's.


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baker18
Gase has done well with aging qb's. Had Peyton Manning at 35 and well. Had Cuttler in Chicago at age 31-32 and then in Miami at 34. Cuttler had his best years under Gase. Tannahill was great under Gase when healthy. 
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Just think where the Raiders were with McKenzie as the GM, then they bring in Gruden and everything falls apart. I think the NFL passed Gruden by while he was out of the league for so long. They'll be in trouble for a long while now, IMO.


Don't take this as me supporting Gruden, but where exactly did McKenzie have them?  The Raiders have 1 10 win season in the last 16 years and that is when Carr played out of his mind for a season.
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baker18
As 5 of the 8 open coaching jobs have been filled so far this is where we sit right now.

Denver: After letting go Vance Joseph, the Broncos convinced Gary Kubiak to come back as an offensive coordinator. That meant Denver could hire a defensive minded head coach which is exactly what they did bringing in Vic Fangio (Bears defensive coordinator). Denver still has a strong defense so if Fangio can improve on that mixed with Kubiak on offense Denver is trending up.

Tampa Bay : After originally stating he would only take the browns job, Bruce Arians is coming out of retirement to take the Bucs job. An offensive genious will have plenty of toys on that side of the ball to play. Adding Todd Bowles as defensive coordnator immediately sets them up as a team to watch next season.

Cleveland: Mike McCarthy surprisingly took his name out of their consideration leaving it down to Keven Stefanski, Gregg Williams and Freddie Kitchens. In the end, it is Kitchens getting promoted from OC to head coach looking to bulid on their stron finish.

Green Bay: This is an interesting hire for GB as they bring in Matt Lafleur. The former Tennessee offensive coordinator dint have the best success on offense this year, but working under both Kyle Shanahan and Sean McCvay has the Packers hopeful.

Arizona : Hiring Kingsbury is a surprising move, but could be smart at the same time. Didnt have a great record in college, but was an offensive genious somthing that the Cards lacked last year. He wont have Mahomes like he did in college so we will see how that translates.

Miami: They are still searchig, but it appears they are going offensive mindset once again. The top two names right now are Lincoln Riley and Eric Bienemy. WIth Riley unlikely to leave oklahoma, it appears Bienemy s the favorite.

NY Jets: One name and one name only is the favorite right now. Mike McCarthy. He said he only wants to be considered for Jets job meaning he wont talk to anyone else. If for some reason Jets dont want him, Todd Monkan and Baylor head coach and NYC native Matt Rhude are picking up steam.

Cincinnati: is the least appealing job and rightfully so given the loyalty of the ownership and unwillingness to focus more on wins then loyalty. Vance Joseph and Hue Jackson are constantly popping up which i feel would be a disaster. Bienemy is also on the list of candidates. One name that is under the Radar is Adam Gase, but he appears to be long shot right now
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