Well, it wasn’t quite the version of “Black Monday” that we are use to seeing, but two coaches were shown the door on the first Monday following the NFl Regular season, and there is sure to be more to follow as the days continue. Denny Green of the Cardinals and Jim Mora Jr. of the Falcons were both let go on Monday, and by the end of the week we should have 2-3 more openings for NFL head coaching jobs.
Can’t say that I was shocked to see Green and Mora released Monday. Green was supposed to be the guy to lead the Cards to playoff games and division titles in the NFC West, but instead it was more of the same old Cardinals, even with a new stadium and a fan base that was all set to embrace the team. Arizona was 5-11 this past season, and started out the season 1-0 and then lost 8 straight to basically end their season. Green never could find his stride in Arizona, and with a young team there is no excuse that they are as bad as they were. This firing is not a shock whatsoever.
Mora was a coach that seemed to be headed for greatness after the Falcons made the NFC title game under him his first season. It all went downhill from there, as they went 8-8 in his second year and then 7-9 this year. So much was made that Mora worked his players too hard in July and August that many said they wore down in November and December. Also his realtionship Michael Vick was strained at best. The Falcons should make a run at Ken Wisenhunt, Steelers offensive coordinator, who has ties to the Atlanta area.
You can bet that with these two firings some more may follow. Art Shell should be next in Oakland. I am willing to bet that Nick Saban runs from Miami to coach Alabama. Saban was just 15-17 in two seasons with the Dolphins, and with a chance to make $40 mil and likely have a job for 10 years with Alabama, I would jump at it.
Bill Cowher is all but resigned in Pittsburgh, and I still say that Russ Grimm should get the nod there as new head coach. Tom Coughlin and his Giants better have a good outing Sunday vs the Eagles, or he might be looking for work. How about Charlie Weiss in New York as the Giants new coach? Of course another coach that should be on watch is always Romeo Crennel in Cleveland, who has won 10 games in two years and is 1-11 in the division. I still thinks he stays one more year then the Browns make a mega-push for Cowher.