Black Monday is a somber day in the NFL, as coaches are fired, families are uprooted, and changes are made across the league. We’ll be bringing you the most recent NFL news and rumors as they break, so check back throughout the day. The data below is up to date as of 11:12 p.m. ET.
Keep an eye out for our 2023 NFL Head Coach and General Manager Interview Tracker, which will be updated on a regular basis until every position is filled.
The most recent Black Monday NFL news and rumors
Cardinals of Arizona
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported shortly before 12 p.m. ET that the Arizona Cardinals fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury. He signed a contract extension through the 2027 season just ten months ago. According to multiple sources, Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has been conducting extensive research for the past several weeks. During his Monday press conference, Bidwill also stated that QB Kyler Murray will have input on the next head coach.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, current Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph will be considered for the head coaching position. More on the top Cardinals head coach candidates can be found here.
The Cardinals also announced that general manager Seve Keim will step down in order to focus on his health. They’ve asked to interview the 49ers’ Director of Pro Personnel Ran Carthon, the 49ers’ Assistant General Manager Adam Peters, the Bears’ Assistant General Manager Ian Cunningham, and the Titans’ Director of Player Personnel Monti Ossenfort so far. They also interviewed two internal candidates, Quentin Harris (VP of Player Personnel) and Adrian Wilson.
Dean Pees, the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, announced his retirement to the team’s players this morning. According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, the Falcons intend to cast a wide net in their search for their next defensive coordinator.
In other Falcons news, Greg Beadlers was named president. Rich McKay will remain the Falcons’ CEO and will continue to oversee football operations. He will also take over as CEO of AMBSE, the parent company of the Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and MLS Atlanta United.
Panthers of Carolina
With the season over, the Panthers will focus on the search for a new head coach. Jim Harbaugh has already spoken with Panthers owner David Tepper, according to FOX’s Jay Glazer. Glazer also stated that former Colts head coach Frank Reich will be interviewed. Of course, interim head coach Steve Wilks will be interviewed.
Multiple media outlets reported late Monday that the Panthers had asked to speak with Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey, Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, and Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.
Furthermore, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports that Jim Caldwell will be interviewed by the team today.
The Browns of Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns announced on Monday morning that they had relieved defensive coordinator Joe Woods of his duties. The Browns allowed 331.5 yards per game and 22.4 points per game, putting them in the middle of the league.
Several hours later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Browns have asked Patriots linebacker coach Jerod Mayo and former Dolphins head coach and current Steelers LB coach Brian Flores for interviews. They’ve also asked for permission to interview Sean Desai, the Seahawks’ associate head coach for defense, and Jim Schwartz, the former Lions head coach.
The Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos will be very busy as they search for their next head coach. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, they plan to interview Jim Harbaugh this week and have requested permission to interview Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Rapoport also mentions Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris as a possible candidate.
MORE: Where the Broncos’ Head Coach Search Stands
All eyes, however, will be on Sean Payton. According to multiple reports, including this one from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Broncos have received permission from the New Orleans Saints to interview Payton for the position of head coach. Furthermore, the two teams appear to understand and agree on the nature of the trade compensation. According to NFL rules, the first in-person interview would be allowed on January 17.
MORE: Where Does Sean Payton Plan to Coach in 2023?
There is no agreement in place, but the Broncos are expected to meet the Saints’ asking price, which is rumored to include a first-round draft pick and other assets. Conversations between the Broncos and Saints are still in the early stages, but a prerequisite for the Saints granting permission to teams to interview Payton was that the other team agree to the compensation first.
Because Payton is under contract with the Saints, New Orleans has complete control of his rights and will thus be a major player in the Payton sweepstakes. More on Payton and his coaching career can be found here.
Texans of Houston
The Houston Texans announced the firing of head coach Lovie Smith late Sunday evening. Smith is the second one-and-done head coach in Houston, following David Culley, who was fired after the season last year. Houston went 3-13-1 under Smith, including a Week 18 victory over the Colts that cost them the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
So far, the Texans have asked to interview the following people: Eagles OC Shane Steichen, Lions OC Ben Johnson, 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans, Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon, and Broncos DC Ejiro Evero.
Here are our top five candidates to succeed Lovie Smith in Houston, with Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon emerging as the early favorite.
Colts of Indianapolis
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Colts have asked the Lions to interview defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and offensive coordinator Ben Johnson for the position of head coach. They’ve also asked to speak with Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.
According to multiple reports, the Colts will conduct a broad search for their next head coach. No word yet on whether interim HC Jeff Saturday will be interviewed.
Rams of Los Angeles
McVay’s future with the Rams is in doubt, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. According to Schefter, McVay will decide whether to return for the 2023 season after Sunday’s regular-season games against the Seattle Seahawks.
McVay has faced a number of personal and professional challenges in the last year, all of which are weighing on him during this process. McVay, who is only 36 years old, would most likely astound many by walking away.
According to FOX’s Jay Glazer, many people in the organization expect McVay to leave soon after the regular season ends.
After winning the Super Bowl last year, the Rams were plagued by injuries and will not have a first-round draft pick for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, they are approaching the salary cap for 2023, and changes to the coaching staff are expected. All of this will be considered by McVay as he considers his future.
If McVay decides to leave, the Rams will retain control of his rights until the end of his contract, which is the end of the 2026 regular season.
The New England Patriots
Bill Belichick announced earlier this morning that he will return to lead the New England Patriots for his 24th season as head coach. Belichick made no mention of the future of his coordinators, particularly on the offensive side with Matt Patricia and Joe Judge.
“We’ve always made decisions with the intent of doing the best thing for the football team,” Belichick said. “That’s how it’s always been, and that’s how it will continue,” he said. “At various decision points, you have different options. We will continue to evaluate them as they progress or arrive.”
Titans of Tennessee
The Titans fired four assistant coaches on Monday, including offensive coordinator Todd Downing, offensive line coach Keith Carter, secondary coach Anthony Midget, and offensive skill assistant Erik Frazier. Tennessee has also begun the search for their next general manager. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, they’ve asked to interview the following people:
Assistant General Manager for the Cleveland Browns
Assistant General Manager of the Chicago Bears
Interim General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel for the Titans
Titans Director of Player Personnel Monti Ossenfort
Assistant General Manager of the San Francisco 49ers, Adam Peters
Ran Carthon, Director of Pro Personnel for the San Francisco 49ers
Senior Director of Pro Personnel Malik Boyd Bills
Cardinals Vice President of Player Personnel Quentin Harris