"Black Monday" is the day after the final game of the NFL's regular season where coaches lose jobs. It's known as THE worst day of the year for people who work in the league.
There are now five, count 'em FIVE, open coaching spots in the NFL. The first three listed below were fired on Black Monday. The big losers are:
1) Rex Ryan, NY Jets
2) Marc Trestman, Chicago Bears
3) Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons.
4) Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers (Fired on Sunday)
5) Dennis Allen, Raiders (Let go in the middle of the NFL season)
Who shined on Black Monday?
Many say it was Virginia McCaskey, the 91-year-old owner of the NFL's Chicago Bears. Her son, George McCaskey, current chairman of the Bears, reports that mom is "pissed off". George was asked Monday how she had reacted to the Bears’ awful 5-11 season and subsequently giving the head coach and GM the ax.
“She agrees with the decisions that have been made. She’s pissed off. I can’t think of a 91-year-old woman that that description applies to, but in this case I can’t think of a more accurate description." her son reported. "She’s been on this earth for eight of the Bears’ nine championships, and she wants more."
It's clear that mamma is driving her son to make sweeping changes. Oh to be a fly on the wall at the McCaskey Christmas family dinner last week!
GM’s John Idzik of the Jets joins GM Phil Emery of the Bears in getting the ax yesterday.
OK, enough bummer news, bring on the Super Bowl!