Black Monday continues to strike the NFL landscape. Across the NFL teams are evaluating the past season and making changes in both their coaching staff and front offices. So far, a myriad of changes have already gripped the landscape of the NFL and more will come today or over the next few days. Here is a look at the updated information for “Black Monday” and what rumors are floating around about replacements.
We will start in Miami where the first wisps of rumors will not be excitingly enticing fans to start socking away money for season tickets.
Update Dolphins finished interviewing Todd Bowles today. Jeff Fisher rumored to be on interview radar this week.
Miami – Following the Dolphins 10-6 record, the team will interview Todd Bowles to remain the HC on a permanent level. They are also rumored to be looking at Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine of the NY Jets. In addition, it has been reported by ProfootballTalk.com that Miami has asked permission to interview Chicago Bears “Special Teams” coach Dave Toub. Yes, I did say special teams coach.
You know, I have been on Stephen Ross’ side in all of this mess but I have to say, putting your fingerprint on your team…FINALLY…and deciding that your first two coaching candidates is a defensive coordinator who teams rolled over this year and a special teams coach doesn’t make me feel like warm and cozy inside. Sounds like maybe Jeff Ireland really wants to maintain his upper hand.
St. Louis – Fired HC Steve Spagnuola and GM Bill Devaney. If the Chargers fire GM A.J. Smith, a rumored candidate for the same job in St. Louis, then it’s possible that he could coax close friend Gruden out of the TV box. Word is now surfacing that former Tennessee HC Jeff Fisher will interview with the Rams for the vacancy.
Buffalo Bills – Chan Gailey is safe but the teams DC is not. George Edwards was fired following a dismal season that saw the Bills start out hot and then tail off the rest of the season. In his place, former Miami Dolphins HC Dave Wannstedt was promoted to the coordinator’s position.
Tampa Bay – Raheem Morris was fired by the Buccaneers. No word yet on their plans
Jacksonville – The team is wasting no time replacing Jack Del-Rio who was fired four weeks ago. They have requested permission to interview Rod Chudzinski from Carolina, and Brian Schottenheimer from the Jets. There was also a rumor earlier that they were considering Jeff Fisher as well.
New York Jets – Following a season ending loss to Miami, many believed that OC Brian Schottenheimer would be fired. Today Rex Ryan and GM Tannenbaum both told media that Schottenheimer would be back next season barring an HC opportunity.
San Diego Chargers – The Chargers president, Dean Spanos, spoke to the media and told them he is going to wait a few days before deciding the future of Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith. On the inside, Phillip Rivers has been lobbying Spanos to keep Norv Turner for the last few weeks which may be one of the reasons that he is waiting out the next couple of days.
Indianapolis – Colt’s owner Jim Irsay fired long time executive Bill Polian and the teams GM, Polian’s son Chris, as well as the entire front office. For now, HC Jim Caldwell has not been fired but it as assumed that once new management is in place, Caldwell will also be gone. As it stands, if Caldwell does get fired, the Colts would likely have their pick of whatever HC candidates would be left, including the possibility of Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden. Indy is the prime team with a returning Peyton Manning and the first pick in the draft, as well as an owner who is widely respected in the NFL.