Change is in the air. “Black Monday” arrived in the NFL the day after the regular season ended with a barrage of big changes beginning around the league.
One week later, the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans were looking for new head coaches, and the Bears, Vikings, Giants and Las Vegas Raiders were looking for new general managers.
The Bears had requested interviews with at least 15 GM candidates and 10 coaching candidates.
As a new cycle of redundancies and employment income, we are tracking all the latest initiatives.
Las Vegas Raiders fired general manager Mike Mayock, announced the team.
Scoopet: Mayock was the Raiders GM for three seasons and his team went 25-24, including 10-7 in 2021. The decision comes a day after a 26-19 playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Raiders’ only postseason appearance during Mayock’s tenure. Mayock has previously been a draft analyst at the NFL Network and a television reviewer. Raiders coach Jon Gruden resigned in October after some of Gruden’s old emails containing racist, homophobic and misogynistic language surfaced. Interim coach Rich Bisaccia led the team to a record of 7-5 the rest of the way. The Raiders interview GM candidates and coach, though has not announced what Bisaccia’s future is with the team.
The Houston Texans fired coach David Culley after one season.
Scoopet: The Texans finished 4-13 in the only season under Culley, 66, a longtime NFL assistant in his first job as head coach. The Texans played without Deshaun Watson in the midst of allegations of sexual assault against the quarterback. Starting quarterback in Week 1, Tyrod Taylor, played only six games due to injury, and the Texans turned to rookie Davis Mills to start 11 games.
Since 1994, Culley has been the wide receiver coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, with whom he was also assistant head coach, quarterback coach at Buffalo Bills and assistant head coach / wide. Recipients coach / pass game coordinator with Baltimore Ravens.
Carolina Panthers interview Bears Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor, according to ESPN.
Scoopet: Tabor was the coordinator of Bears special teams for all four seasons under Matt Nagy, and he served as interim head coach for a match in 2021 when Nagy had COVID-19. He was previously the Cleveland Brown’s special teams coordinator for seven seasons, spanning several head coaches.
The Chicago Bears added two more names to their general manager interview pool.
Scoopet: The Bears have requested an interview with Pittsburgh Steelers vice president of football and business administration Omar Khan and New England Patriots senior consultant Eliot Wolf, ESPN reported. Khan had GM interviews last year with the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. Wolf, son of former Green Bay Packers GM Ron Wolf, has worked with the Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns.
Here are the updated candidate lists:
The Chicago Bears’ list of wanted interviews has reached at least 8 general manager candidates and 9 coaching candidates.
Scoopet: The recently fired Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores was a big name that appeared on a long list of candidates that the Bears have contacted about interviews.
NFL Network reported The Bears set up the interview with Flores, who went 24-25 in three seasons with the Dolphins. His last two seasons were winning seasons, but the Dolphins did not make it to the playoffs.
Here are the other coaching candidates who have reportedly been asked:
Former Houston Texans CEO Rick Smith is among the biggest names expected to be interviewed by the Bears. Here is a list of others:
The New York Giants fired coach Joe Judge after two seasons.
Scoopet: In his first NFL head coach stay, Judge went 40, 10-23, including 4-13 in 2021. When playing without quarterback Daniel Jones, the Giants lost their last six games with an overall score of 163-56. After the 29-3 loss to the Bears in Week 17, Judge went on an 11-minute altercation to defend his team while talking to the media.
It’s the second major Giants move in two days after general manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement on Monday. With Judge out, there are now seven NFL head coach jobs available.
The Chicago Bears fired general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy.
Scoopet: Pace is out in Chicago after seven seasons where his team went 48-65, qualifying for the postseason twice and failing to achieve a playoff victory. In his first NFL head coach stay, Nagy finished 34-31 with two playoff losses over four seasons.
The Bears never found the right fit between Nagy and a quarterback during his tenure, running through Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. Nagy’s attacks remained solid in the bottom third of the league in many categories. That The Bears finished 6-11 this season.
The Bears have contacted former Eagles coach Doug Pederson to schedule an interview for their head coach role, according to a league source. An ESPN report also indicated that the Bears have requested permission to interview Buffalo Bill’s defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for the job. The team, according to the NFL Network, has also asked to speak with Colts director of college scouting Morocco Brown for the GM opening.
The Minnesota Vikings fired general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer
Scoopet: Spielman has been with the Vikings since 2006, first as vice president of player staff and then as general manager since 2012. During that time, the Vikings went 132-123-2 with six playoff appearances.
Zimmer, a longtime NFL defensive coordinator, became the Vikings’ head coach in 2014. He led three seasons with 10 or more wins, three playoff appearances and two playoff wins. The Vikings finished 8-9 after one victory over the Bears on Sunday.
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement after four seasons in that role.
Scoopet: In 2018, Gettleman became general manager of an organization he had spent 13 years previously in front office roles. But his efforts to revive the franchise failed as the Giants experienced their worst four-year losing streak in the team’s history.
The Giants went 19-46 under Gettleman’s guard, including a 4-13 faceplant this season, with the offense ending last in the NFC in both total yardage and scoring. Gettleman announced his retirement Monday, but could have been fired if he had not. The future of coach Joe Judge remains uncertain and may depend on what happens to their intensified GM search.
The Miami Dolphins fired coach Brian Flores after three seasons.
Scoopet: Flores was fired in his third season despite winning back-to-back seasons. The Dolphins had 5-11 in his first year, 10-6 in 2020 and 9-8 this season, but they did not reach the playoffs during his tenure.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross issued a statement saying he “decided that the key dynamics of our football organization did not work at a level I wish it should be and felt that this decision was in the best interests of the Miami Dolphins” interest.” General manager Chris Grier will remain with the team in his current role, ESPN reported.
The Denver Broncos have fired head coach Vic Fangio after three seasons.
Scoopet: Fangio did not record a winning season in his three in Denver. He finished 19-30 in his first stay as NFL head coach, including 7-10 this season. Fangio, 63, was a defensive coordinator in the NFL for 19 seasons, including four in Chicago, before joining the Broncos in 2019.
Fangio’s defense this season ranked in the top 10 in yards and allowed points. But the Broncos offense has not produced well enough under Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock, the latest in a revolving door of quarterbacks in Denver in recent years.
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The Jaguars have conducted at least five interviews to replace Urban Meyer.
Scoopet: The Jaguars fired Urban Meyer on December 16 after just 13 games with the team.
The team has already gone deep into their quest to replace him and has reportedly interviewed former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson, former Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
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