10 NFL Head Coaches That Will Be Sweating It Out On Black Monday

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10 NFL Head Coaches That Will Be Sweating It Out On Black Monday

10 NFL Head Coaches That Will Be Sweating It Out On Black Monday
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There’s just one week left in the NFL regular season, and that means we’re less than a week away from Black Monday, one of the ugliest days on the sports calendar as head coaches all across the league will be receiving their walking papers. It’s not always the most enjoyable day of the year especially if you’re a head coach, but it does create a lot of conversation and controversy. It is one of the most important days of the year, whether teams choose to make a coaching change or not.

In an average year, about six coaches are let go, although we saw eight coaching changes last offseason as exactly one-quarter of the NFL brought in a new head coach. This year, there’s a chance that we could see an equal, if not greater number of coaches fired on Black Monday. The patience NFL franchises have for coaches that don’t win games and reach the playoffs appears to be decreasing with each passing year, and even coaches that make the playoffs or just missed out may have something to worry about next Monday.

Thus, I have come up with a list of 10 coaches that will be sweating out Black Monday, worried that they’ll be among the coaches that are let go and hoping that they’ll have another season to get things turned around. Not everyone on this list may end up being fired, but they should all be worried.

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10. Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons

10. Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons
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Smith shouldn’t worry too much, but he also shouldn’t feel good on Black Monday considering the season his team has had. Firing Smith would be a radical move for an organization that was one game away from the Super Bowl last season and still has a window to make a run, but crazier things have happened.

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9. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants

9. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants
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It would be a travesty if a coach of Coughlin’s standing were to be fired, but things get overblown in New York easily, and there’s no denying that there’s a lot of frustration surrounding the Giants these days. It might be in the best interest of everybody for Coughlin to move on, and it wouldn’t be unheard of for him to be fired after the kind of season the Giants have had.

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8. Mike Munchak, Tennessee Titans

8. Mike Munchak, Tennessee Titans
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There’s plenty of justification for keeping Munchak, despite a losing record over his first three seasons in Tennessee. The Titans played well early in the season before Jake Locker went down with an injury, and had Locker not been injured, Munchak might have the Titans in the midst of the playoff race. But with the way the season has ended, Munchak appears to be in trouble and should feel quite uneasy heading into Black Monday.

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7. Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders

7. Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders
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After just two seasons, Allen’s tenure in Oakland could be over. There have been some signs of progress, but a pair of 4-12 seasons will likely be all the Raiders need to see to send Allen packing as he’ll likely be fired and go back to being a defensive coordinator.

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6. Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings

6. Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings
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The Vikings have played well down the stretch and are a little better than their record indicates, but Frazier is in trouble nonetheless. He could get some leeway because he did get Minnesota to the playoffs last season and has had to deal with uncertainty at the quarterback position, but in three-plus seasons, he’s more than 10 games under .500. That’s enough justification to fire him if the Vikings want to move in a new direction.

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5. Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5. Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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At the midway point in the season, firing Schiano seemed like a certainty. However, with a better second half of the season, Schiano gave himself a fighting chance to save his job. That said, another season in Tampa is far from certain and Schiano should not be feeling too secure on Black Monday, especially after fans put up a billboard calling for him to be fired. Being fired may not be such a bad thing anyway; Schiano could go back to college where he belongs, as he never should have been made an NFL head coach to begin with.

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4. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

4. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
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It’s all going to come down to Sunday’s game against the Eagles for Garrett. Regardless of what Jerry Jones has said in the past, if the Cowboys lose and miss the playoffs, Garrett will likely be fired. There’s always a chance that Jones sticks by his word and brings Garrett back no matter what happens, but the only way for Garrett to feel safe is to beat Philadelphia. He’ll either spend Black Monday preparing for a playoff game or getting called into Jones’ office to be fired.

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3. Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions

3. Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions
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There should be little doubt that Schwartz is done in Detroit. A month ago, the Lions practically had the division won, and now they're already out of playoff contention by Week 17, and in a division in which their two competitors were both without their starting quarterbacks for significant chunks of the season. The Lions have way too much talent to not win the NFC North this year, and because they didn't, Schwartz is in for a rough Black Monday.

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2. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins

2. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins
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At this point, Shanahan knows it’s coming; in fact, he could have easily been fired a few weeks ago instead of the team waiting until after the season. Forget all the drama regarding Daniel Snyder and Robert Griffin III -- the Redskins could potentially lose their final eight games of the season, and that should be enough to give Shanahan his pink slip on Black Monday regardless of his track record.

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1. Rex Ryan, New York Jets

1. Rex Ryan, New York Jets
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Black Monday will not be kind to Ryan, although he’s so delusional that he probably doesn’t even realize that he’s about to get fired. The Jets had us fooled for a little while, creating the allusion that they were a decent team, but they’ve been a disaster during the second half of the season. Despite all of Ryan’s bravado over the years, his reign in New York will soon be over.


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