On Monday, members of the Shutdown Corner team circulated emails on the coaches who are most likely to find themselves unemployed next week, after their respective final games of the season. But on a list of seven names, Philadelphia Eagles’ coach Chip Kelly was not included.
On Tuesday night, though, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie shocked the NFL when it was announced that he’d “released” Kelly, cutting him loose before his third season in Philadelphia had ended, and less than a year after giving Kelly full control of the roster. In a press conference, Lurie acknowledged that it was a gamble to hire Kelly away from the University of Oregon three years ago, when he had no experience at the pro level, and the risk/reward proposition didn’t work out in the Eagles’ favor.
So that brings us to three head coaching openings – in Philadelphia, Tennessee and Miami – and we are still four days from Black Monday. Could there be as many as seven more openings?
The other coaches on the hot seat as we head into the final weekend of the 2015 regular season, ranked from hottest seat (in other words, most likely to be unemployed) to warmest seat (i.e. he may not be on his way out after all).
Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis What a season the Colts have had. On Tuesday, they had to sign two quarterbacks off the street, Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley, to give them three healthy bodies at the position, along with Stephen Morris, signed off Philly’s practice squad last week.