Black Monday is a busy day in the NFL — coaches are fired, families are uprooted, and changes are being made in all organizations across the league. We’ll bring you all the latest NFL news and rumors as they happen, so stay tuned throughout the day. The information below is current as of 5:19 PM ET.
The latest NFL Black Monday news and rumors
Just before 12 p.m. EST, on ESPN Adam Schefter reported That Arizona Cardinals fired head coach Cliff Kingsbury. Just 10 months ago, he signed a contract extension through the 2027 season. Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell has been searching extensively over the past several weeks, according to several sources. Bidwell also said during his press conference Monday that QB Kyler Murray will have input on the next head coach.
The Cardinals announced General Manager Seif Kim decided to step down to focus on his health. To date, they have asked permission to interview 49ers Director of Professional Personnel Ran Karthon, 49ers Assistant General Manager Adam Peters, Bears Assistant General Manager Ian Cunningham, and Titans Player Personnel Director Monty Osenfurt.
The Falcons’ defensive coordinator, Dean Pease, informed the players this morning that he is retiring. NFL Media’s Reporting by Tom Bellisero The Falcons are expected to throw a wide net and are looking for the next defensive coordinator.
In other Falcons news, they have named Greg Peddlers their new president. Rich McKay will remain CEO of the Falcons with continued oversight of football operations. In addition, he will assume CEO duties at AMBSE, the parent company of the Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and MLS Atlanta United.
With the Panthers’ season now over, they’ll turn their attention to looking for head coaches. FOX’s Jay Glazer reports that Harbaugh has already spoken to Panthers owner David Tepper. Glazer also reported that they will be interviewing former Colts head coach Frank Reich.
Additionally, CBS Sports’ Reporting by Josina Anderson Jim Caldwell will be interviewing the team today (Monday, January 9th).
On Monday morning, the Cleveland Browns announced that defensive coordinator Joe Woods had been relieved of his duties. The Browns gave up 331.5 yards per game and 22.4 points per game, which put them near the middle of the pack in the league.
after several hours, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Browns had requested an interview with Patriots linebackers coach Jerrod Mayo and former Dolphins and current Steelers LB coach Brian Flores. They also asked permission to interview Seahawks assistant defensive coach Sean Desai and former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.
The Denver Broncos will be busy as they search for their next head coach. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that Jim Harbaugh is scheduled to be interviewed this week and they’ve done it He asked for permission To interview Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Rapoport also notes that Rams defensive coordinator Rahim Morris would be a candidate for the position.
But all eyes will be on Sean Payton. multiple reports, Including this from NFL Media’s Ian RapoportHe stated that the Broncos had received permission from the New Orleans Saints to meet Payton for their head coaching position. Moreover, the two teams seem to understand and agree on the form of trade compensation. NFL rules state that January 17 is the first date on which an in-person interview is allowed.
No deal is in place, but the Broncos are expected to meet the Saints’ asking price, a rumored first-round pick and more. Talks are in the preliminary stages between the Broncos and Saints, but one of the prerequisites for the Saints granting permissions to teams to interview Payton is that the other team will need to agree to compensation first.
Since Payton is under contract with the Saints, New Orleans controls his rights and, therefore, will be a major player in the Payton lottery. Here more about Payton and his coaching career.
Late Sunday evening, the Houston Texans announced that they had fired head coach Lovie Smith. Smith follows another coach at Houston after firing David Cooley after last season. Houston was 3-13-1 under Smith, including a win over the Colts in Week 18 that saw them lose the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
So far, Texans have asked to interview the following: Eagles OC Shane Steichen, Lions OC Ben Johnson, 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans, Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon, and Broncos DC Ejiro Evero.
Here is our top Five candidates to replace Lovie Smith In Houston, with Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon an early favorite to get the job.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Colts submitted requests to the Lions to interview defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and offensive coordinator Ben Johnson for the head coaching job. They have also requested permission to meet with Rams defensive coordinator Rahim Morris and Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.
According to multiple reports, the Colts are expected to do an extensive search for their next coach. No word yet if Interim High Commissioner Jeff Saturday will be interviewed.
Los Angeles Rams
According to ESPN’s Adam SchefterMcVay’s future with the Rams is in doubt. Sources told Shifter that McVay will take some time out after Sunday’s regular season games against the Seattle Seahawks to see if he returns for the 2023 season.
McVay has faced several personal and professional circumstances that have arisen in the past year, all of which have weighed heavily on him in the process. McVay, who is only 36 years old, will likely startle many when he walks away.
FOX’s Jay Glazer said many in the organization expect McVay to leave, and it won’t be long after the regular season is over.
After winning the Super Bowl last year, the Rams were plagued with a slew of injuries and didn’t have a first-round pick for the next several years. In addition, they are facing a 2023 salary cap, and changes to the coaching staff are expected. All of this will come into play as McVeigh contemplates his future.
If McVay walks away, the Rams will control his rights until the end of his contract, which is the end of the 2026 regular season.
New England Patriots
In a press conference earlier this morning, Bill Belichick announced that he will be returning for his 24th season as head coach of the New England Patriots. Belichick hasn’t offered any hints about his coordinators’ future, especially on the offensive side with Matt Patricia and Joe Judge.
“Every decision we made has always been a goal to do the best thing for the football team,” Belichick said. “That’s the way it’s always been,” he said, “and that’s how things are going to go forward.” “At different decision points, you have different opportunities. As they advance, or they come, we will continue to evaluate them.”
On Monday afternoon, the Giants fired four assistant coaches – OC Todd Downing, OL Coach Keith Carter, secondary coach Anthony Midgett, and assistant offensive skills Eric Frazier. Tennessee also began the process of finding its next general manager. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that they requested an interview with the following:
- Glen Cook
Cleveland Browns Assistant General Manager
- Ian Cunningham
Chicago Bears Assistant General Manager
- Ryan Cowden
Titans Interim General Manager and Vice President of Personnel
- Monty Ossenfurt
Titans Player Manager
- Adam Peters
49ers assistant general manager
- Karthon ran
49ers professional personnel manager
- Malik Boyd
Senior Professional Staff Billing Manager
- Quentin Harris
Cardinals Vice President of Player Personnel
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