A few days ago was Black Monday, which means absolutely nothing to those who don't follow the NFL. It's the Monday after the last day of the regular season, which is always Sunday, when unwanted coaches and coordinators of teams that didn't make the playoffs are fired. Let's take a look at some of Black Monday's victims and the positions they used to hold.
- Anthony Lynn, offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions: The writing was on the wall for him as soon as the head coach took over play calling duties midway through the season. It's not an acrimonious breakup, just a poor fit.
- Mike Zimmer, head coach of the Minnesota Vikings: It was his second season in a row below .500, missed the playoffs, his team runs hot and cold, and almost every game is a one possession game. He lost his spark, and now they're getting rid of him.
- Matt Nagy, head coach of the Chicago Bears: What do you with an offensively minded coach when your offense isn't what's keeping you in the game and your record keeps dropping through the 4 years he's been coach? Some fans went so far as to chant "Fire Nagy" as his kid's high school football game, which is a scumbag move. And now they have done so those chanting can shut up.
- Brian Flores, head coach of the Miami Dolphins: If you don't have a good relationship with your players and other staff, things are not going to go well. It's a lot easier to get rid of you than all of them. He did not get along with staff and the QB, so he got sacked.
- Joe Judge, head coach of the New York Giants: He got fired on Tuesday because one of the people who were going to fire him that day overslept, so they had to reschedule. He was with the team for 2 years and had a 10-23 record (0.303), which is definitely grounds for dismissal.
- Ryan Pace, former general manager of the Chicago Bears: See Matt Nagy, but he was also GM during the tenure of a previous coach (John Fox) as well. His record in total was 48-65 (.425), which is a good reason to sack him after 7 years.