The day following the regular season’s final Sunday of games generally brings a multitude of firings and resignations both for coaches and in front offices. 2016’s “Black Monday” was an odd one because firings began as early as Saturday.
‘Phins Axe Hickey, Promote Grier
The Miami Dolphins fired general manager Dennis Hickey on Saturday, and promoted Chris Grier to GM two days later. Grier has spent 16 seasons with the Dolphins, which includes the previous nine spent as the team’s Director of College Scouting.
Browns Fire Pettine, Farmer
The Cleveland Browns announced that they fired head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer on Sunday night. Farmer and Pettine spent two years in their respective roles. On Tuesday, the Browns announced that they hired Paul DePodesta as the team’s Chief Strategy Officer. DePodesta has 20 years of experience in MLB—not NFL—front offices.
Niners Fire Tomsula
The San Francisco 49ers fired head coach Jim Tomsula. The former defensive line coach spent just one year as the Niners’ head coach. The team retained general manager Trent Baalke.
Coughlin Steps Down
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin stepped down on Monday. Coughlin spent 15 years with the Giants, and the team won three Super Bowls during that span. Coughlin was head coach for 12 years and won two Super Bowls in that role,
Eagles Fire Kelly
Prior to their Week 17 matchup against the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles fired head coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles were 6-9 under Kelly in 2015.