Updated 10:36 a.m. MST
The Denver Broncos are 12-4 and won't be firing head coach John Fox (sorry haters).
Many other teams are not 12-4 and will be firing their head coaches today. Here we track the figurative bloodbath that is NFL Black Monday 2014, and discuss how the current openings relate to Broncos coordinators Adam Gase and Jack Del Rio (we'll talk about former Broncos coaches Josh McDaniels and Mike Shanahan as well).
It's very likely the Broncos will lose one or both of their coordinators this offseason. Here's how it breaks down so far. If you have a link that cites a connection between Gase/Del Rio and one of these openings, kindly leave it for us in the comments!
Mutually parted ways with Head Coach Jim Harbaugh
Gase drawing interest from Falcons, 49ers
The NFL's Black Monday is taking names, and the Denver Broncos could see collateral damage to its coaching staff.
This is thought to be a hot head coach opening with a solid young starting quarterback in Colin Kaepernick. The Broncos' Adam Gase has been tied to this inevitable opening over the past several weeks. Both Kyle and Mike Shanahan are names being dropped as well (thanks Ozark).
Fired Head Coach Mike Smith
The Falcons were a game away from winning the NFC South, which would have made for an awkward 2014 offseason. Do you fire a head coach
Fired GM Phil Emery
Fired Head Coach Marc Trestman
That Jay Cutler contract extension... oh man. It was eyebrow-raising-ly bad when it was signed a year ago, and now Chicago's GM and head coach are gone because of it. Both Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels have been linked to this opening; we have to believe the interest in the latter is more of a sure-fire way to scare Cutler out of town (kidding not kidding).
Realistically, #Bears stuck with Cutler for '15. May as well go all-in on Mike Shanahan. If Ws are the goal, there isn't a better option.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) December 29, 2014
Fired Head Coach Rex Ryan
A lot of Broncos fans want Denver to scoop of Sexy Rexy as defensive coordinator if Jack Del Rio leaves for a head coaching gig. I wouldn't mind that at all myself.
Fired Head Coach Dennis Allen (midseason)
The Denver Post reports that Jack Del Rio could be a hot candidate for the Raiders' job, a day after his defense crushed the Raiders 47-14.