I guess waiting until Black Monday to fire coaches isn’t popular anymore, because there are already a handful of job openings in the NFL this year.
The Rams fired head coach Jeff Fisher a few weeks ago, the Jaguars fired Gus Bradley a couple of weeks ago, and the Bills fired Rex Ryan last week. That meant that three head coach openings already existed, and tonight the Chargers announced that they fired head coach Mike McCoy.
Furthermore, the 49ers are also undergoing some change. General manager Trent Baalke confirmed today that he has been fired, and the expectation is that head coach Chip Kelly will be fired as well.
That would make five head coach openings, and a sixth should become official soon. It sounds like Broncos coach Gary Kubiak will be retiring due to health reasons, and he told the team that today. He said that he’ll address it tomorrow, but players confirmed that he told them he’s stepping down.
So it’s likely that there will be at least six head coach openings to be filled in the NFL this year, and that’s not even mentioning other jobs that are being watched, such as Chuck Pagano’s situation in Indianapolis and Sean Payton’s situation in New Orleans. That will all make for a very interesting hiring season, and for the time being Colts fans are simply left waiting to find out whether their team will be getting involved in that as well or not.