BLACK MONDAY: NFL FIRINGS

2023-01-10 · 3 min read · NFL/Football
Lovie Smith- Houston Texans and Kliff Kingsbury

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A look at some of the firings following the end of the NFL regular season
Monday is already a day we all despise regardless of what we do for a living but if you’re an NFL head coach, that day after the regular season ends can feel like you’re walking on death row about to be metaphorically executed.
There are sure to be more dismissals in the coming weeks, along with some big names coming forward to take over, it seems as well.
Here’s a list of some of the head coaches and coordinators who were relieved of their duties following the end of Week 18.
Lovie Smith- Houston Texans
Nearly a calendar year after dismissing David Culley after just one season on the job, it was one and done for Lovie Smith, whose Texans defeated the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
While technically, his dismissal wasn’t on Black Monday; he was the first to be relieved of his head coaching duties following the conclusion of the regular season.
Smith finished 3-13-1 in his only season in charge, and while he won’t be back next year, the Texans will have to pay the 64-year-old some pretty good dough, as he had two years remaining on his contract.
Houston was among the league’s worst in just about every statistical category, both offensively and defensively, and GM Nick Caserio will now be searching for a third head coach in three seasons on the job which is pretty incredible.
Kliff Kingsbury- Arizona Cardinals
Arizona decided Kingsbury had done enough to get the boot in the desert on Monday, dismissing him after four seasons at the helm.
The move comes just 10 months after he and GM Steve Keim had signed contract extensions with the club until 2027, so if it’s any consolation like Lovie, Kingsbury will be getting some pretty good compensation himself.
The Cardinals were a dismal 4-13 in 2022, with Kingsbury finishing his time in Arizona with a record of 28-37-1.
They have missed the playoffs in six of the last seven campaigns, failing to capture the NFC West since 2015, while the offense struggled without DeAndre Hopkins early on.
Kyler Murray got hurt in the later stages of the season, and the Cards averaged 20.0 points per game, and 323.5 yards per game in 2022, both lows under Kingsbury.
Keim by the way, is also stepping down from his role as GM.
Todd Downing- Offensive Coordinator- Tennessee Titans
Mike Vrabel is making significant changes to the Titans staff following his first losing season in the Music City.
After Arthur Smith’s transition to head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Todd Downing became the offensive coordinator for Tennessee, who struggled mightily down the stretch of the regular season.
While their collapse is not entirely down to him, as Tennessee had many injuries to contend with, Downing’s offense never got going and became almost exclusively reliant on Derrick Henry, while Malik Willis showed he’s not ready to make the jump to the pro’s just yet.
In November, the 42-year-old Downing also dealt with an off-field issue for driving under the influence.
All in all, it was a messy season for Downing as offensive coordinator.
Joe Woods- Defensive coordinator Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns are shaking up their coaching staff, relieving defensive coordinator Joe Woods of his duties.
He joined the team under head coach Kevin Stefanski in 2020 and his defensive unit have experienced its share of ups and downs over the past few campaigns.
They never had much consistency on defense in 2022, ranked 19th in points allowed, 12th in yards conceded and 25th in rushing yards allowed while also giving up the seventh-most passing yards in the NFL.
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