The NFL is not a league known for patience.
Coaches can be fired after just one season, as recently seen with David Culley.
They can also be like Urban Meyer and get fired during their first season.
Owners want results and that is why the Monday after the conclusion of the regular season is annually known as “Black Monday”.
Yet the league took it to a whole new level in 2022.
Culley was the latest head coach to lose his job, bringing the numbers of openings to a shocking total.
A quarter of the NFL has a full-time head coaching vacancy:
– Raiders (Rich Bisaccia is currently the interim head coach)
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 13, 2022
Eight NFL teams are currently in need of a head coach.
We can even say seven if the Las Vegas Raiders want to keep Rich Bisaccia on in a full-time capacity.
Eight or seven, this is a shocking total and speaks to the state of pressure for NFL head coaches.
Another Wild Offseason Of Change
This latest round of firings even featured some big surprises.
Brian Flores was fired by the Miami Dolphins after posting back-to-back winning seasons.
The New York Giants fired Joe Judge because of an absolute collapse in the final month of the year.
And of course, we have to mention Meyer as a surprise even though it happened months ago.
Then there are the likes of Matt Nagy, Mike Zimmer, and Vic Fangio, who wore out their welcome in their respective cities.
What this situation has created is a frenzy of head coaching interviews.
When the Texans hired David Culley, they only guaranteed him two years of money; they knew there always was the real chance he would be one and done. As one league source texted about his one-year tenure, “I knew it when he was hired.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2022
Everyone from current coordinators, to former head coaches, to college coaches are showing up in rumors and reports about leading one of the franchises in need of a new leader.
While this total is shocking, the trend won’t stop any time soon.
Owners want Super Bowl wins and new fads pop up often as well.
Just a few years ago everyone was trying to find the next Sean McVay.
Now, teams may be in on someone like Todd Bowles who has proven to be a defensive genius.
The only question now is if any more firings will roll in.
The process seemed to be over, only for Culley to lose his job Thursday.