Several NFL coaches out of work as Black Monday comes

December 29th, 2014 by Staff

Smith won 66 games in seven seasons with Atlanta. The Falcons made the playoffs several times under Smith.

( NEW YORK – It’s Black Monday in the NFL, the day when the ax falls on the league’s underachieving head coaches and executives.
Check below for updates on all the NFL’s coaching and general manager moves:

• The Bears have fired general manager Phil Emery, according to ESPN and other outlets, and Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reports that head coach Marc Trestman is out as well.

Trestman is 13-19 in two years as the Bears’ coach, and the team bottomed out with a 5-11 record this season.
Emery will be remembered in Chicago as the GM who shackled the Bears to a contract with Jay Cutler that paid a guaranteed $38 million on signing, with another $10 million becoming guaranteed in March.

• The Atlanta Falcons cut loose head coach Mike Smith following a Monday morning meeting with owner Arthur Blank. Smith was 66-46 in seven seasons with the Falcons, but 10-22 the last two years.
Despite a losing record, Atlanta went into Sunday’s season finale with a chance to win the NFC South division. However, the Falcons lost 34-3 at home to Carolina, finishing 6-10 and missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

• The first coach fired Monday was the New York Jets’ Rex Ryan, who lost his jobalong with general manager John Idzik. Ryan was 46-50 in six seasons with the Jets, reaching the AFC title game in his first two years before slipping into mediocrity, including a 4-12 finish this year.

• The first coaching change actually came Sunday, though it wasn’t technically a firing. The San Francisco 49ers announced that the club was “mutually parting ways” with Jim Harbaugh after four seasons.
Harbaugh went 49-22-1 with the 49ers, including three trips to the NFC championship game and a Super Bowl berth after the 2012 season. His departure from San Francisco clears the way for his apparently inevitable hiring at the University of Michigan, his alma mater.

• Other coaches who could be on the chopping block include the New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin, the Chicago Bears’ Marc Trestman and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Gus Bradley, among others. The Oakland Raiders also are not expected to retain interim coach Tony Sparano, who took over for the fired Dennis Allen in September.

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