Multiple NFL head coaches are expected to be fired on “Black Monday,” the day after the regular season ends when teams traditionally make changes. With speculation swirling, big names like Bill Belichick and Ron Rivera may be on the hot seat.
Patriots’ Bill Belichick Facing Uncertain Future
Bill Belichick has led the Patriots to 6 Super Bowl wins during his legendary 23-year tenure in New England. However, this season saw the Patriots finish 8-9 and miss the playoffs for the second time in three years. There is now uncertainty around Belichick’s future, with some speculating he may choose to walk away or be nudged into retirement by ownership.
Despite his unmatched success, Belichick is facing criticism for failures in the draft and free agency in recent years leading to a lack of talent on the roster. There have also been questions about his coaching staff hires and his struggles to develop Mac Jones at quarterback.
Sources say Belichick still has strong support from owner Robert Kraft who values the stability he has brought. But Kraft could make changes if it seems clear Belichick’s best days are behind him. Any decision is expected soon after the season ends.
Ron Rivera and Others on Shaky Ground
Ron Rivera, in his 4th year as Washington Commanders head coach, is widely expected to be fired after failing to reach the playoffs and finishing 8-8-1. Rivera was brought in to establish a winning culture but has a record of just 31-32-1.
Other coaches like the Colts’ Jeff Saturday and Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury are also in danger of being fired. Established coaches like Seattle’s Pete Carroll and Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel have their teams underperforming and could also face pressure.
Top coaching candidates to fill vacancies include former head coaches Brian Flores and Dan Quinn, current Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
What Comes Next
The day after the regular season, Black Monday, marks the mass firings of head coaches. After sweeping changes within front offices and coaching staffs, the long process begins of filling vacancies through interviews and hiring cycles over the coming weeks.
Teams will look to make splashy hires to revive struggling franchises. With up to 10 jobs potentially open, almost a third of the league could have new head coaches next season. The moves made will shape team trajectories for years and determine whether icons like Belichick depart or get more chances to cement their legacies.
Coaching Hot Seat Tracker
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*Record and playoff data as of 1/6/2024
This table tracks coaches rumored to be on the hot seat and could be fired on Black Monday. Temperature gauge indicates level of job security.
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