The NFL coaching carousel is upon us with the conclusion of the regular season, as plenty of teams will begin to make decisions on the future of their franchise. The Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars began the process of searching for their next coach during the season with the in-season firings of Jon Gruden and Urban Meyer. (Jacksonville has already begun the process of searching for their next head coach.)
The Denver Broncos didn’t waste any time in firing Vic Fangio, making them the third team that will be looking for a new head coach in 2022. The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago bears are two other teams that made a decision on their coaches, moving on from Mike Zimmer and Matt Nagy, respectively.
With all the coaches on the move around the NFL, we’ll be tracking every single firing around the league (and the coaches who are going to be retained). To keep you up to date on the latest firings, rumors and hirings, make sure to keep tabs on the coaching tracker below.
- Fired: Brian Flores
- Hired: TBD
Flores never made the playoffs in three seasons in Miami, but he’ll be one of the most sought after candidates in this hiring cycle. He’s the only head coach to start a season 1-7 and finish with a winning record (2021), as the Dolphins went 24-25 in his three seasons — with two winning campaigns. Flores went 24-18 in his final 42 games as a head coach.
The firing of Flores is the most surprising of this head coaching cycle, even if the Dolphins never had an offense ranked above 22nd in his three seasons at the helm. Miami has uncertainty at quarterback with Tua Tagovailoa and a poor offensive line, a task the next head coach will have to inherit. Flores overachieved in Miami, despite the Dolphins trying to stock up draft capital and missing on free agent signings over the last three years.
- Fired: Mike Zimmer
- Hired: TBD
The Vikings fired Zimmer on Monday after eight seasons leading the franchise. While Zimmer finished 72-56-1 in his tenure, the Vikings were just 15-18 over the last two seasons and failed to make the playoffs both seasons. Minnesota is just 33-31 since losing in the NFC Championship Game in the 2017 season, having the 27th ranked defense in 2020 and the 30th ranked defense in 2021.
Minnesota has a quarterback in Kirk Cousins and a high-powered offense, yet Cousins has a $45 million cap number for 2022. The next head coach of the Vikings will be tasked with fixing a defense that has been one of the worst in the NFL the last two years and how to manage the Cousins situation (which will be the task of the next general manager going forward as Rick Spielman was also fired).
- Fired: Matt Nagy
- Hired: TBD
The Bears moved on from Nagy after four seasons leading the franchise, as Nagy finished with a 34-31 record with only one losing season (2021). Nagy lead the Bears to the NFC North title in his first season and won coach of the year, but went just 20-27 since. He was tasked with developing quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, but the Bears moved on from him despite making the playoffs in two of Trubisky’s three…