NFL Head Coach Firings

Grace Higgins | December 31st, 2019

On what is known as “Black Monday” in the NFL world, multiple head coaches were fired, with some organizations already finding their new head coach.

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After an embarrassing season-ending loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns relieved head coach Freddie Kitchens of his duties. The Browns were 7-8-1 in 2018, leading to high hopes for the 2019 season, which ended with a disastrous 6-10 record. Once Kitchens was fired, numerous prospects were rumored to be in the running for the job, which include Mike McCarthy, Greg Roman, and Josh McDaniels. The Browns need an offensive minded head coach who can work with quarterback Baker Mayfield and push him to the next level.

During this season, the New York Giants were on a 10-game losing streak at one point. Since the start of the 2018 season, Pat Shurmur is 9-23 with the team, which was bad enough for the Giants ownership to decide to fire him. Although no one expected this Giants team to accomplish much, the team is clearly in need of a change, and the head coach is the obvious scapegoat to start with. Rumored candidates include Mike McCarthy, Josh McDaniels, and Wink Martindale. For most of these teams with young quarterbacks, both McCarthy and McDaniels are the perfect fit to groom the talent of a young quarterback, especially if it’s an already talented quarterback like Daniel Jones and Mayfield.

The Washington Redskins fired Jay Gruden earlier in the season and hired Ron Rivera immediately after the season ended. The Redskins job wasn’t a sought after one, but ownership is always visibly fighting for playoff relevancy. Rivera accepted a five-year deal with the Redskins. The team is a mix of young talent and veteran players, both groups trying to prove their place in the league.

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