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3 NFL Head Coaches Most Likely to Be Fired on Black Monday

Devon Platana
A look at three NFL head coaches most likely to be fired on Black Monday, including Matt Nagy, Mike Zimmer and Vic Fangio.
A look at three NFL head coaches most likely to be fired on Black Monday, including Matt Nagy, Mike Zimmer and Vic Fangio. / Jamie Sabau/GettyImages
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Week 18 of the 2021 NFL season is here, which means that the infamous Black Monday is around the corner. For those unaware, the term refers to the fact that several head coaches are usually fired on the first Monday after the final week of the regular season.

Two coaches already lost their jobs during the season and more will likely join them in the coming days. After all, several teams failed to meet expectations this year, with some coaches having been on the hot seat since before the campaign even began.

Here's a look at the three NFL head coaches who are most likely to be fired on Black Monday.

NFL Head Coaches Fired

1. Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears

Matt Nagy was one of the head coaches who was on thin ice before the season even began. Back-to-back 8-8 seasons meant that he had to prove to management that he was capable of results, however, he's failed to do so as the Chicago Bears are 6-10 ahead of Week 18. There were also reports earlier this week that the Bears have already decided that Nagy won't be back in 2022, which adds to the likelihood of a Black Monday firing. Considering how Chicago has a sub-.500 record in the last three seasons under Nagy (22-26), it'll hardly be a surprise if he's unemployed in a few days.

2. Vic Fangio, Denver Broncos

The 2021 campaign was Vic Fangio's third season as the Denver Broncos head coach. Unfortunately, the team has missed the playoffs in each of those years. Despite the Broncos having a promising defense over the last few seasons, Fangio was never able to get his team's offense going — proven by their 19.4 points per game this year (10th-worst). With the other three AFC West teams showing improvements this year, Denver can't risk falling behind even more. That's why it makes sense to look for a fresh start in 2022 with a new head coach.

3. Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings

Mike Zimmer has been the Minnesota Vikings coach since 2014, coaching them to a 71-56-1 record over that stretch. Keeping that in mind, the Vikings will finish with a below-.500 record for the second straight year and will miss the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons. He certainly didn't do anything to help his case when Minnesota gave the Detroit Lions their first win of the season. Management can't afford to waste their core's prime years with Zimmer's mediocre results, which is why he'll likely be on the way out on Black Monday.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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