NFL Black Monday: John Fox and Eric Mangini, Who Else is Newly Unemployed?
John Fox coached his last game in Carolina yesterday. Eric Mangini was fired today as coach of the Cleveland Browns. The two coaches now find themselves looking for new jobs as they move forward.
Fox and Mangini aren't the only coaches to find themselves unemployed today and there is going to be more joining them in the coming days. But as of now the list looks like this: Marvin Lewis, Fox and Mangini.
With a number of coaches jobs up in the air I've decided to take a look at what coaches could find themselves looking for a new job in a couple of days. And to take a peek at what coaches will find themselves with another head coaching position next season.
Lewis' contract ran up with Cincinnati after Sunday's game and it appears that he wants to go in a different direction. It's a shrewd move by Lewis, who could become a coveted coach despite a mediocre record with the Bengals.
If Lewis is unable to land a head coaching job this year he has the option to take a year off or become a coordinator. Either way his name will resurface in the future and this won't be his last head coaching job.
With Mangini getting fired from Cleveland, Fox becomes an interesting choice here. Fox is a conservative coach who has been to a Super Bowl and three NFC championship games. It also doesn't hurt that he has ties to Mike Holmgren.
Fox doesn't seem like the type of coach who would want to take a year off. If he's unable to land a head coaching position right away you can expect he finds work as a defensive coordinator.
Tennessee owner Bud Adams has to choose between Vince Young or his coach. In this case it may be a better decision for Fisher to walk away from the Titans with all the open positions available. Fisher has only been to one Super Bowl in his 17 years with the Titans and a mutual split may be best for both sides.
Adams hasn't given an indication on what he's going to do and this could play out for a week or two.
After another 5-11 season, Mangini got the boot from Cleveland. He isn't going to get another head coaching job for awhile in the NFL after getting fired for the second time.
If Mangini wants to be a head coach right away he'll have to head down to the college ranks otherwise he'll have to settle as a defensive coordinator or assistant with an NFL team. Mangini's best bet is to go the Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel route, who both have settled in as coordinators again.
Sparano's fate has yet to be decided, although it should be coming shortly. After back-to-back 7-9 seasons Sparano has to be expecting the worst, especially in today's age where coaches are fired left and right.
If I had to take a guess on this one I'd expect that Sparano gets canned. The 7-9 record is defensible but the 1-7 home record is what ultimately do Sparano in.
Coaches who kept their jobs
Tom Coughlin escaped the firing line and rightfully so. He's had one losing season—which was his first—with New York, yet for some reason he always finds himself on the hot seat. Four winning seasons in seven years to go with a Super Bowl hasn't been enough for Giant fans, but it's enough for the front office.
Gary Kubiak is a completely different story than Coughlin. There is no reason for this man to have a job after five seasons with the Texans in which the best record he led them to was 9-7.
But for some reason Bob McNair is going to stick with Kubiak and head into next season hoping that the Texans will finally breakthrough.
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