The regular season is over, playoff entrants for the 2022 NFL season have been determined.
Franchises that will miss the playoffs and, after a disappointing season, can already start planning for the upcoming season on Monday are also certain.
The first Monday after the end of the regular season, known as “Black Monday”, is therefore a day when things are traditionally busy and when some coaches of unsuccessful teams are fired.
ran summarizes current events in the live ticker.
+++ January 9, 5:55 p.m.: Cardinals sack Kingsbury – chief executive Keim resigns +++
The Arizona Cardinals are leaving head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim. The Cardinals confirmed it the day after the end of the regular season.
Kingsbury, who only signed a contract extension until 2027 about ten months ago, finished the season with a record four wins and 13 losses. He has been the Cardinals head coach since 2019.
Keim has served as GM since 2013 and now wants to focus on his health. The 50-year-old had already distanced himself from the team during the season. At that time, health problems were cited as reasons.
+++ Jan. 9, 4:00 p.m.: Broncos dig in Quinn +++
Dan Quinn was one of the Denver Broncos’ top picks last year. And he’s also the current defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys this year. The Broncos therefore officially asked the Cowboys if they could speak to Quinn. Reporting by NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
Quinn was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 2015 to 2020, with whom he reached the Super Bowl once. In 2021, he was hired by the Cowboys.
+++ January 9, 7:00 a.m.: Houston Texans fired head coach Lovie Smith +++
As the Houston Texans have officially confirmed, head coach Lovie Smith has been fired. Several insiders had previously reported that there would likely be a split between the two parties.
Smith, who was released as head coach after just one season, still managed to win the Texans 32:31 over the Indianapolis Colts on the final day of the game, but still finished the season with a record of three wins, 13 losses and one draw.
At the end of last season, Smith succeeded David Culley, also released after a season with the Texans. The 64-year-old had three years left on his contract in Houston.
Shortly after the dismissal, the first successors are already exchanged. Jonathan Gannon (defensive coordinator, Philadelphia Eagles) and DeMeco Ryans (defensive coordinator, San Francisco 49ers) are candidates, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
+++ January 8, 11:00 p.m.: Evero talks to the Broncos +++
It’s a short talk: Ejiro Evero will talk to the Denver Broncos about the head coaching vacancy. As KUSA reported, the current defensive coordinator is the first candidate the franchise will interview. The conversation should take place this week.
Evero joined DC this season with the Broncos, who will also be in talks with Jim Harbaugh and Sean Payton.
+++ January 8, 8:00 p.m.: The Panthers talk to Caldwell and Reich +++
The Carolina Panthers want to plan their future as head coach after the end of the regular season. According to Fox, they talk to Jim Caldwell and Frank Reich for this.
The Panthers parted ways with Matt Rhule after five games, after which Steve Wilks took over on an interim basis. It is also marketed as a possible long-term solution.
+++ January 8, 7:00 p.m.: Are Texans cleaning up? +++
Are the Houston Texans in the midst of a reorganization? As Fox reports, GM Nick Caserio’s chair is wobbling alarmingly. But coach Lovie Smith also has to worry about his job, they say. Ergo: anything is possible. Smith is gone, Caserio is gone or even both – we should know more on Monday.
+++ January 8, 6:15 p.m.: ran-Prognosis: It’s going to be wild! +++
With multiple teams, the head coach falters. For the Houston Texans, the firing of Lovie Smith seems almost inevitable after a season of just two wins. But Kliff Kingsbury also trembles with the Arizona Cardinals, Josh McDaniels (Las Vegas Raiders), Ron Rivera (Washington Commanders) and Kevin Stefanski (Cleveland Browns) also have to worry about their jobs.
On the other hand, the Denver Broncos, for example, are looking for a head coach after Nathaniel Hackett was fired after Week 16. Among other things, Jim Harbaugh is traded here.
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