3 NFL General Managers That Should Be Fired on Black Monday

Max Staley
Les Snead's Rams are 8-7 in 2019.
Les Snead's Rams are 8-7 in 2019. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
facebooktwitterreddit

The NFL is an unforgiving league. Every year, a slew of coaches and general managers are let go at the end of the season. It tends to happen quickly, and the first Monday after Week 17 has earned the moniker "Black Monday."

This year doesn't appear to be much different, as there are a ton of general managers that could be on the hot seat come Monday. With that in mind, here are three NFL general managers that could be out of a job on Black Monday.

3. Les Snead, Los Angeles Rams

Les Snead gave Jared Goff an extension worth $134 million.
Les Snead gave Jared Goff an extension worth $134 million. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

This time last year, Les Snead's inclusion upon this list would've been unthinkable. The Los Angeles Rams were a force to be reckoned with, going 13-3 behind the NFL's second-best scoring offense in 2018. While Snead undeniably helped build one of the league's most talented rosters, things came crashing down in 2019. Thing is, the Rams don't have much flexibility to fix their issues, as Snead has made a ton of head-scratching decisions that have put Los Angeles in a bind. The Rams won't have their own first-round pick until 2022 (and haven't had one since 2016) and currently have the eighth-fewest available cap space. Unfortunately, most of that space will likely go to Jalen Ramsey in the offseason, and the Rams already have about 45 percent of their cap tied up in four players (Jared Goff, Aaron Donald, Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks). With limited draft capital and financial flexibility, the Rams appear to be locked into this roster. Snead's overly aggressive decision-making has torpedoed a franchise that looked poised to be contenders for the better part of a decade just a season ago.

2. David Caldwell, Jacksonville Jaguars

David Caldwell paid Nick Foles $88 million over four years this offseason.
David Caldwell paid Nick Foles $88 million over four years this offseason. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Tom Coughlin was recently let go as president of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and David Caldwell could be next. While Coughlin's dismissal was due to non-football related issues, Caldwell hasn't done a great job building this roster since Jacksonville's 2017 breakout campaign. The Jaguars have gone a combined 10-21 since that season, and Caldwell has tied the franchise to some middling passers. He gave Blake Bortles and Nick Foles a combined $142 million, and it's safe to say neither decision has worked out. Foles still has three years remaining on his $88 million deal, and paying a QB that much money to ride the pine certainly hurts. The Jaguars do have some nice pieces, but this team needs some new leadership in the front office.

1. Bob Quinn, Detroit Lions

Bob Quinn has been the Lions GM since 2016.
Bob Quinn has been the Lions GM since 2016. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Matthew Stafford was quietly playing at an elite level before he got hurt, but he was once again let down by a lackluster supporting cast. He still ranks top 5 in touchdown percentage, adjusted yards per attempt (AY/A) and yards per game. Despite that Herculean effort, the Detroit Lions were 3-4-1 before Stafford went down. While Bob Quinn went 9-7 in his first two years with the team, the Lions have gone 9-21-1 in the two subsequent seasons and this franchise is clearly trending in the wrong direction. With Stafford turning 32 years old before next season kicks off, the Lions' window to win is closing quickly, and they'd be wise to hire someone to maximize the twilight of Stafford's career.


Join FanDuel Sportsbook Today. New users get a risk-free bet up to $500. Join Now.


Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

facebooktwitterreddit