Three NFL coaches have lost their jobs on a day known as ‘Black Monday’ because of it’s history of sackings. Miami Dolphins parted ways with Brian Flores, Minnesota Vikings sacked head coach Mike Zimmer and Chicago Bears fired Matt Nagy after all three teams missed out on the play-offs.
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Miami Dolphins parted ways with Brian Flores, Minnesota Vikings sacked head coach Mike Zimmer and Chicago Bears fired Matt Nagy after all three teams missed out on the play-offs.
The Vikings and Bears also relieved respective general managers Rick Spielman and Ryan Pace of their duties.
‘Black Monday’ is the day after the final match of the NFL regular season, when owners traditionally sack coaches and general managers of underperforming teams. The term was first used in the late 1990s by newspapers in the United States.
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The Vikings, who appointed Zimmer in 2014, have missed the play-offs in three of the past four years.
“While these decisions are not easy, we believe it is time for new leadership to elevate our team so we can consistently contend for championships,” said Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf.
The trio of coach departures came a day after the Denver Broncos parted ways with head coach Vic Fangio.
The NFL regular-season has come to a close, and with it likely comes some changing of the guard among current head coaches.
Every year, “Black Monday,” the first Monday following the conclusion of the regular season, sees a wave of head coaches and front office executives let go as teams that had disappointing seasons start to change up the leadership within the organization.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is a University of Michigan alumnus; the school means a lot to him, as does its football program, which won the Big Ten championship this season.
Hours after firing head coach Brian Flores on Monday after three seasons with the franchise, Ross shot down rumors of his interest in filling the vacancy with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who said he would entertain NFL offers this offseason.