Black Monday is a sobering day in the NFL — coaches are fired, families will be uprooted, and changes are being made across league organizations. We’ll bring you the latest NFL news and rumors as they happen, so check back throughout the day. The information below is current as of 5:19 p.m. ET.
Latest NFL Black Monday news and rumors
Shortly before 12 p.m. ET, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Arizona Cardinals fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Just 10 months ago, he signed a contract extension through the 2027 season. Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has done extensive research over the past few weeks, according to multiple sources. Bidwill also said in his Monday press conference that QB Kyler Murray will have a say in the next head coach.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says that the Cardinals’ current defensive coordinator, Vance Joseph, will have a long wait for the head coaching job. We have more on the Cardinals’ top head coach candidates.
The cardinals also announced that managing director Seve Keim has decided to step down to focus on his health. So far, they have requested permission to interview 49ers Director of Professional Personnel Ran Carthon, 49ers Assistant General Manager Adam Peters, Bears Assistant General Manager Ian Cunningham and Titans Director of Player Personnel Monti Ossenfort.
Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees informed the players this morning that he was retiring. NFL Media Reports by Tom Pelissero that the Falcons expect to cast a wide net and search for their next defensive coordinator.
In other Falcons news, they named Greg Beadlers their new president. Rich McKay will remain CEO of the Falcons with continued oversight of football operations. Additionally, he will serve as CEO of AMBSE, the parent company of the Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and MLS Atlanta United.
With the Panthers’ season now over, they will turn to his search for a head coach. FOX’s Jay Glazer reported that Harbaugh had previously spoken to Panthers owner David Tepper. Glazer also announced that they will be interviewing former Colts head coach Frank Reich.
Additionally, CBS Sports’ Reporting by Josina Anderson who Jim Caldwell will be interviewing with the team today (Monday, January 9).
On Monday morning, the Cleveland Browns announced that they had relieved defensive coordinator Joe Woods of his duties. The Browns gave up 331.5 yards per game and 22.4 points per game, which ranked them in the middle of the pack in the league.
A few hours later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Browns have requested an interview with Patriots linebacker coach Jerod Mayo and former Dolphins head coach and current Steelers LB coach Brian Flores. They also requested permission to interview Seahawks assistant head coach for defense Sean Desai and former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.
The Denver Broncos are going to be busy as they search for their next head coach. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that they are set to interview Jim Harbaugh this week and have permission requested to interview Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Rapoport also notes that Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris will be a candidate for the job.
FOLLOWING: Where it all stands with the Broncos head coach search
But all eyes will be on Sean Payton. Multiple reports, including this one from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, indicate that the Broncos have received permission from the New Orleans Saints to interview Payton for their vacant head coaching position. Also, both teams seem to understand and agree on what trade compensation would look like. NFL rules state that Jan. 17 is the earliest date an in-person interview would be allowed.
FOLLOWING: Where will Sean Payton be coaching in 2023?
There’s no deal in place, but the Broncos are expected to hit the Saints’ asking price, which would be a first-round pick and more. Conversations are in their early stages between the Broncos and Saints, but a precondition for the Saints to allow teams to interview Payton was that the other team would have to agree to compensation first.
Since Payton is under contract with the Saints, New Orleans controls his rights and will therefore be a major player in Payton’s draw. Learn more about Payton and his coaching career.
Late Sunday night, the Houston Texans announced they had fired head coach Lovie Smith. Smith follows another unique head coach in Houston after David Culley was fired after last year’s season. Houston was 3-13-1 under Smith, including a win over the Colts in Week 18 that saw them lose the number one pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
So far, the Texans have asked to interview the following people: Eagles OC Shane Steichen, Lions OC Ben Johnson, 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans, Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon and Broncos DC Ejiro Evero.
Here are our top five candidates to replace Lovie Smith in Houston, with Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon an early favorite to land the job.
By ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Colts asked the Lions to interview defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and offensive coordinator Ben Johnson for their head coaching positions. They also requested permission to interview Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.
According to multiple reports, the Colts should conduct a broad search for their next head coach. It is not yet known if Acting HC Jeff Saturday will be interviewed.
Los Angeles Rams
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, McVay’s future with the Rams is uncertain. Sources tell Schefter that McVay will take some time after Sunday’s regular season games against the Seattle Seahawks to determine if he will return for the 2023 season.
McVay has had several personal and professional circumstances over the past year, all of which weigh on him during this process. McVay, just 36, would likely surprise many by walking away.
FOX’s Jay Glazer said many in the organization expect McVay to leave, and it won’t be too long after the regular season ends.
After winning the Super Bowl last year, the Rams have been plagued by a slew of injuries and don’t have a first-round pick for the next few years. Moreover, they face the 2023 salary cap and changes in the coaching staff are expected. All of that will be in play as McVay considers his future.
If McVay walks away, the Rams will control his rights until the end of his contract, which is the end of the 2026 regular season.
New England Patriots
During a press conference earlier this morning, Bill Belichick announced that he will be returning for his 24th season as head coach of the New England Patriots. Belichick gave no indication of the future of his coordinators, particularly on the offensive side with Matt Patricia and Joe Judge.
“Every decision we made was always with the intention of doing the best thing for the football team,” Belichick said. “That’s how it’s always been, and that’s how it will continue,” he said. “At different decision points, you have different opportunities. As these advance or arrive, we will continue to evaluate them.
On Monday afternoon, the Titans fired four assistant coaches – OC Todd Downing, OL coach Keith Carter, secondary coach Anthony Midget and offensive skills assistant Erik Frazier. Tennesse has also begun the process of finding its next general manager. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that they asked to interview the following people:
- Glenn Cook
Cleveland Browns Assistant General Manager
- Ian Cunningham
Chicago Bears Assistant General Manager
- Ryan Cowden
Titans Interim General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel
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Titans Director of Player Personnel
- Adam Peters
49ers Assistant General Manager
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49ers Director of Professional Personnel
- Malik Boyd
Bills Senior Director of Professional Staff
- Quentin Harris
Cardinals Vice President of Player Personnel