Black Monday Blog: Who’s Next?


Find out the latest moves from the NFL’s “Black Monday”.

There were whispers that Tomsula undermined Harbaugh when he was in San Francisco in an attempt to get the head coaching job.

  • The Tennessee Titans have just announced that they are parting ways with general manager Ruston Webster.

“Additionally, I would like to thank Ruston Webster for all of his efforts with our franchise, as he is a man of great character and integrity and someone for whom we I have tremendous respect. Our mission is to become one of the elite franchises in the National Football League, and we have fallen short of this goal in recent years. We are in the search process for our head coaching and general manager positions. We share our fans’ frustration about the team’s recent performance, and we are committed to doing everything we can to return our team to a perennial postseason contender.”

Webster was in his fourth year as the team’s GM and the team had a 5-27 record over the last two seasons while playing in one of the worst divisions in football, the AFC South.

He fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt earlier this year, and interim head coach Mike Mularkey is still being considered for the full-time head coaching job.

“Obviously I would like to have the opportunity to sit down and talk about it,’’ Mularkey said. “There is a good nucleus here, there are a lot of young players, a lot of good. I think we are very close here and I would like the opportunity to talk about it.”

  • The New York Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin have parted ways.  The two-time Super Bowl winning head coach had been in New York since 2004 and was the third-longest tenured head coach with his team.

Coughlin was in a no-win position as the Giants roster is one of the very worst in the NFL outside of Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr.  He did a solid job to squeeze six wins out of this team and to be in just about every game.

  • Safe for now:  San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy and Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell.

McCoy had to deal with a myriad of injuries and kept his team competitive in most of their games.  A bigger share of the blame for their 4-12 season should go to general manager Tom Telesco, who hasn’t hit on all that many of his picks and hasn’t provided many playmakers for Philip Rivers.

Caldwell is getting a lot of credit for keeping the Lions competitive after their 1-7 start.  Where he did get the team to finish the second half strong (6-2), he was the same head coach that navigated them to that start.  Caldwell has a team that is fit to compete for the playoffs and he fell woefully short.  They pretty much have to make the playoffs next year to keep Caldwell employed.


About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.