The NFL regular season is over, and the firings of coaches and general managers have begun.
inevitable, when the NFL season is over, coaches and general managers get fired. On average, seven head coaches receive a pink slip within the immediate 72 hours of the culmination of the regular season. We’ll give a breakdown of the franchises that have or will potentially make changes on the sideline or in the front office.
The Bills already jettisoned head coach Rex Ryan (along with his twin brother Rob) before the Week 17 finale, just shy of two seasons on the job. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn was named the Interim head coach and is reputedly the frontrunner to be named head coach very soon, as other teams are interested in him. Lynn jumpstarted the offense as the coordinator and the players respect him. So, there’s not likely to be much of a story here moving forward.
San Francisco 49ers
General Manager Trent Baalke announced that he was fired after another loss on the final Sunday. Baalke, who has been running their football operation since 2010 (as an interim for one year, then got the permanent job in 2011), has not drafted well and has made many questionable signings. Not long afterwards, head coach Chip Kelly was also given his walking papers. The team didn’t even wait until Monday to decide to start the process of moving on to its third head coach in as many years.
There’s always a shocker, isn’t there? While not a firing, there has been a coaching change in Denver, just one-year removed from a Super Bowl championship. Head coach Gary Kubiak has resigned from his post as Denver’s head coach. Kubiak has dealt with health issues in the recent past, and has decided to walk away from one of the more stressful jobs in the planet. With a legit defense, a young quarterback to groom and a supportive front office, this is a prime location for any potential candidate.
Colts’ owner Jim Irsay has been openly critical of the team’s on-field results…and rightfully so. The is expected to show GM Ryan Grigson the door, while hiding on to had coach Chuck Pagano. If one had to go, it makes sense that Grigson would be the one bounced. Pagano has his warts, but the quality of the roster is highly questionable outside of quarterback Andrew Luck. Also, there is s litany of failed first round draft picks under Grigson.
Gus Bradley was fired immediately after a Week 15 loss to Houston. Former Buffalo Bills’ washout Doug Marrone is the interim head coach, but is not likely to be retained. The Jags have a solid young core of players and a top five draft pick to attract a new coach. The big questions are whether a new coach believes he can salvage quarterback Blake Bortles…and if not, will he be given the autonomy to move on at the position.
New York Jets
The Jets have announced that had coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan will both return next season. 2017 may be a prove-it-or-lose-it year for both men. With no clear answer-or plan-at quarterback and numerous hold on the roster, success will be a hearty task for the Jets next season.
Head coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace are both expected to return in 2017. Again, answering the questions at quarterback will be paramount this offseason. There are promising young players on both sides of the ball in Chicago, however.
San Diego Chargers
The Chargers gave coach Mike McCoy the ax after a season-ending loss to Kansas City. McCoy finishes with a 27-37 regular-season record and a 1-1 record in the postseason. Those two playoff games came way back in 2013, though, with the Bolts winning just nine games over their past two campaigns. Now the Chargers must find a new coach, as well as figure out just where they’ll be playing in 2017.
Los Angeles Rams
Jeff Fisher was fired several weeks ago and Jim Fassell is the interim head coach. With a young high draft pick a quarterback, a young stud running back and key building blocks on defense, this could be an enticing job opening. Plus you get to live in L.A. One drawback is that the fan base is very fickle and a bit impatient.
Stay in tuned, as we will keep you posted on any and all updates in regards to NFL head coach and GM moves.