Black Monday came through like a hurricane this season. Coaches and GMs were dropping like Walmart prices as teams fired them in hopes to keep up with the Joneses and the Seahawks by upgrading their sideline. Andy Reid was up first and started the domino effect around the league as he parted ways with the Philadelphia Eagles after 14 years and being the NFL's longest-tenured coach.
Despite its name, Black Monday isn't all doom and gloom. Black Monday means firings, but it also means hiring and opportunity. Cleaning out the sidelines makes room for fresh, new talent to revitalize a team, or a fired head coach could simply join another squad that has an opening.
“Depending on what the Eagles decide to do with the last year of his contract I think [Andy Reid in San Diego] could be a situation that might be a fit,” Steve Beuerlein said. “He's got a home in Southern California as it is right now.”
This firing could be a blessing in disguise for Reid. He could trade cold Philly winters for year-round sunshine and maybe even learn to surf. Do wetsuits come in size Reid?
Another firing that created immense opportunity is with the Bears. Firing Lovie Smith gives Chicago the chance to regain the identity it had in the first half of the season. That identity got the Bears a 7-1 record. Along the way they forgot who they were and had an epic second-half collapse losing five out of six at one point.
“You look at what they have done under Lovie on the offensive side and it has been terrible,” Phil Simms said. “They have been in the 20s or dead last in offensive rank many years.”
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However, the offense led by veteran quarterback Jay Cutler is the redeeming factor that makes this team a desirable place to be for any coach. A new coach could breathe life into Cutler's routine and make the Bears the playoff squad they were destined to be this season
That also goes for the situation in San Diego. With a veteran quarterback like Philip Rivers, someone like Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Brue Arians could come in, hone his talent and turn it into something special, Simms said.
Those are just some of the scenarios we could see happen due to Black Monday fallout. There will be more to come from this dizzying coaching carousel, and you can keep up with all the movement on the Eye On Football Coaching Hot Seat Tracker. See which coaches and GMs are fired, safe or bubblicious (on the bubble and could go one way of the other).
Here's to a Terrific Tuesday.