Ben McAdoo is long gone. He was the first coach fired in 2017 , let go Dec. 4 after a 2-10 start. His 28 games were the fewest for a Giants coach since 1930. New general manager Dave Gettleman, who replaced Jerry Reese, already has started cleaning house. Gettleman and the next coach will have to decide what to do with Eli Manning.
Bruce Arians declined to announce a decision on his future following a 26-22 victory at Seattle. Is Marvin Lewis really walking away after 15 seasons and 125 wins? He doesn’t know. No one knows as Lewis is scheduled to meet with owner Mike Brown to discuss his future.
Pagano was fired Sunday, two hours after the Colts beat Houston in the finale. Indianapolis missed the playoffs each of the last three years, the first time that’s happened since a seven-year drought from 1988 to 1994. The next coach surely will want to know more about the health and future of quarterback Andrew Luck.
Here’s a look at the teams making moves:
Elway decides to keep Broncos coach Joseph after 5-11 season
John Elway is giving Vance Joseph another chance. The Broncos general manager decided to retain his rookie head coach Monday following a 5-11 season that was in many ways the franchise’s worst since Denver’s dismal AFL days in the 1960s.
“Vance and I had a great talk this morning about our plan to attack this offseason and get better as a team,” Elway tweeted . “We believe in Vance as our head coach. Together, we’ll put in the work to improve in all areas and win in 2018.”
Aiding that effort, they’ll have the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft in April. Plus, Elway is expected to embark on yet another veteran QB search after watching his offense regress under the turnstile trio of Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch, all of them his draft picks.
What Elway won’t have to do now is go looking for his fourth head coach in five years. Choosing continuity over change, though, still means Joseph has to do things differently. He’ll have to coach both his players and his staff better than he did in his first season, for one. And he went right to work shaking up that staff, firing special teams coordinator Brock Olivo, longtime receivers coach Tyke Tolbert and O-line coach Jeff Davidson.
Arians retires after 5 seasons in Arizona
Bruce Arians, one of the NFL’s biggest personalities, is retiring from coaching after five mostly successful and usually entertaining seasons as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. The 65-year-old two-time NFL Coach of the Year, known for his Kangol-style hats, colorful vocabulary and wide-open “no risk it, no biscuit” offense, announced the decision in an emotional session with the media on Monday.
“It’s been an unbelievable journey,” he said. “The tears you see are really tears of joy and peace. I’ll miss the players. I’ll miss coming out of the locker room hearing the national anthem because it still gets to me.”
Arians said he told the players of his decision Sunday after the team’s 26-24 win at Seattle and the players never leaked it to reporters.
“And they lied to you because of that,” he said. “There’s really no greater feeling in the world to know your players have your back.”
Of the reason for the retirement, Arians said, “Family’s a big one.”
Arians won a franchise-record 50 games in his five seasons with Arizona.
Lions fire coach Jim Caldwell after missing playoffs
Jim Caldwell may have been the Detroit Lions’ most successful coach in the Super Bowl era. That was not enough to save his job.
The Lions fired Caldwell on Monday after a season in which the team raised hopes before fading and missing the playoffs with a 9-7 record. They also fired offensive line coach Ron Prince, keeping the rest of the assistants under contract in case the next coach wants to retain any of them.
Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford called Caldwell “one of the finest leaders we’ve ever had as our head coach.”
“Not only did he guide us on the field to three winning seasons, but he also set a standard of excellence off the field that had a tremendous impact on everyone in our organization and our entire community,” Ford said in a statement.
Lions general manager Bob Quinn said he wants a coach to take the team to the next level — postseason victories and championships. Quinn added that he fired Caldwell, in part, because he thought the team was capable of winning more than nine games in each of the last two seasons.
Bears fire coach John Fox after a 5-11 season
The Chicago Bears fired John Fox on Monday after three losing seasons, ending one of the least successful coaching stints in team history.
The dismissal came one day after the Bears lost at NFC North champion Minnesota to finish 5-11. “Today is the tough part of our results-oriented business,” Fox said in a statement.
Chicago has had four consecutive losing seasons — each with 10 or more losses. The Bears haven’t finished above .500 since they let Lovie Smith go following a 10-6 finish in 2012. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 2010.
Fox was 14-34 in his three years with Chicago, a .292 winning percentage that ranks as the second lowest for the Bears. Only Abe Gibron was worse — 11-30-1 (.274) from 1972-74.
For the next head coach, topping the to-do list will be getting the most out of Mitchell Trubisky. After all, general manager Ryan Pace staked his reputation to the quarterback when he traded up a spot with San Francisco to draft him with the No. 2 overall pick last spring.
Fox is 133-123 in 16 seasons as a head coach and is one of six coaches to lead two teams to Super Bowl appearances, joining Don Shula, Bill Parcells, Dan Reeves, Dick Vermeil and Mike Holmgren.
Raiders fire coach Jack Del Rio after 6-10 season
Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was fired Sunday after his third year when the impressive turnaround job he engineered for his hometown team collapsed with a disappointing six-win season.
Del Rio said owner Mark Davis told him after the team’s season-ending 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that he would not be retained as coach in Oakland.
Del Rio had signed a four-year contract extension last February after Oakland ended a 13-year playoff drought with a 12-win season.
“He told me he loved me and appreciated all that I did, but felt like we weren’t going in the right direction,” Del Rio said.
“He felt he needed a change, and I told him how much I appreciated the opportunity he gave me. I mean that. Very grateful. My childhood team, but it’s a results business. I understand that.
“I appreciate the players and coaches and all the hard work, all the effort and energy. I do believe we have established a solid nucleus. Whoever comes in here has a chance to take that nucleus and go to special places, and I’ll be pulling for them.”
The Raiders followed up the successful 2016 by becoming one of the league’s disappointing teams. Oakland went 6-10 for the second biggest one-season drop in wins in franchise history, leading to Del Rio’s firing.
Davis said he will not have any other statement until after a new coach has hired, but speculation is already rampant that Jon Gruden will be back for a second stint.
Gruden was traded by the Raiders to Tampa Bay following the 2001 season and beat Oakland for the Super Bowl title the following season. He was fired by the Buccaneers following the 2008 season and has been in the broadcast booth since then. ESPN reported Saturday that the Raiders were interested in bringing Gruden back.
Fate of Several NFL Coaches after NFL 2017 Regular Season. Todd Bowles, Adam Gase and Dirk Koetter are coming back. Jack Del Rio, Chuck Pagano, and others are out. It’s shaping up to be another “Black Monday” for the league.