By Kinnon Rockness
It’s that time of year again. As NFL teams reach the end of the regular season during December and January, a wave of coaches with unfulfilled expectations are released from their positions. This term has been nicknamed “Black Monday” by the NFL community and comes with great anticipation.
To start off the trend, the Carolina Panthers fired their head coach, Ron Rivera, on Dec. 3. Owner David Tepper released Rivera of his duties after a 12-16 record over the past two seasons. Following the firing of Rivera, Tepper stated, “We are committed to building and maintaining a championship culture for our team and our fans.”
This leaves NFL fans with one question: Who will be next? It is quite evident which teams are struggling, but making changes in the coaching staff is not always the anecdote. At this point, predictions are being made about the fate of certain coaches. Here are some coaches that are walking the tightrope:
Marrone has led the Jacksonville Jaguars to a record of 4-8 so far in the 2018-2019 season. During his first year with Jacksonville in 2017, the Jaguars went 10-6 and made it to the AFC Championship game. Since then, they have gone 9-19 with a considerably talented amount of players on their roster. NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo states, “I think everyone is looking at this situation saying it’s a likely coaching change in Jacksonville.”
Quinn brought the Atlanta Falcons to Super Bowl LI in 2017, a historical game in which the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in the third quarter and went home empty-handed. Following this, the Falcons have not had a winning season and are currently 3-9. Falcons owner Arthur Blank met with the media and said, “I’m extraordinarily disappointed in the season… So, we’ll continue to look at everything we can and make the right decisions that we’re going to have to make. I’m not bashful about making those decisions.”
The New York Giants head coach has a career record of 7-21 and is currently 2-10 in the 2019-2020 season. The Giants’ future seemed bright heading into this season, as rookie quarterback Daniel Jones showed promising signs. Instead, Jones now has 11 interceptions and 15 fumbles over his past 11 games. Shurmur is now one game away from tying the franchise record for longest losing streak.
At this point, only the team managers are aware of what the future holds for these coaches, along with several others from different teams. Some may decide to hold off until the end of the season, while others will decide to put an end to their struggles right away. So for now, NFL fans should just sit back and enjoy the show that is to come.