As the season starts to wind down, the noise around many NFL head coaches is going to get louder. While some of the rumors will just be hot air, several coaches are going to lose their job on Black Monday. That's the Monday after the NFL season ends when several coaches are fired each season. While every coach listed may not lose their job, at least a few will. With that in mind, here's our list of the 5 NFL Coaches Most Likely To Get Fired On Black Monday:
5. Mike McCoy, Chargers
The Chargers were hoping for a playoff run this season, which makes their 3-10 record even more disappointing. After back-to-back 9-7 records, more was expected from McCoy and the Chargers this season. He has just two years left on his deal and the Chargers have yet to extend him. They might decide to can him on Black Monday, especially if the Chargers continue to struggle. The local papers are already calling for his head.
4. Chuck Pagano, Colts
The Colts are fighting for their playoff lives and a game this weekend against the Houston Texans could determine who wins the AFC South. If the Colts don't make the playoffs season, it'd be a shock if Pagano wasn't dumped. His contract expires after the season, so it's unlikely he'll be back barring a deep playoff run.
3. Jim Caldwell, Lions
Part of the blame belongs to offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who had done a terrible job this season and is now out of work, but the buck stops with the head coach. The Lions had playoff expectations this season, but Caldwell's team was the last one in the league to pick up a victory. After a 1-7 start to the season, it seemed like Caldwell might not even last the season. Three straight wins gave him and the Lions hope, but back-to-back losses could spell the end of Caldwell's tenure.
2. Mike Pettine, Browns
Mike Pettine's seat is growing hotter with each loss, as the Browns have posted a dreadful 3-10 record on the season. Thanks to some questionable coaching decisions, his job is jeopardy. It appears inevitable that he'll be ousted by the end of the season or even before that. Our sources indicate that the Browns are going to offer Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer the most lucrative coaching deal in NFL history, and Pettine's ouster will be the official start of that courtship.
1. Jim Tomsula, 49ers
Tomsula might be the most unqualified head coach in recent NFL history. He was a defensive coach in NFL Europe, the D-League of the NFL, for seven years, and was a defensive line coach for a Division II school. He was an NFL Europe head coach for a season before taking over as the 49ers' defensive line coach in 2007, but has yet to prove himself capable of handling an NFL head coaching gig. The 49ers' have struggled this season and might just end up costing Tomsula his job.Back to the NFL Newsfeed