The LA Rams are about to end their 2023 regular season with a road game against their NFC West Division rivals, the San Francisco 49ers. And today's game not only marks the end of the regular season as well as the start of the postseason, but it also is the harbinger of another NFL annual event. the day known as the NFL Black Monday.
After all regular season games have been completed, teams that did not manage to earn the opportunity to compete in the NFL Playoffs have meetings with their coaching staff to determine the future and direction of their ongoing relationship. Because the Monday after the end of the NFL regular season typically results in the firing of a significant number of NFL head coaches, and subsequently a large number of coaches from their staff, the day has earned the name of NFL Black Monday.
We will follow up the matter with a list of and likelihood of the Rams losing coaches in the imminent NFL coaching carousel, let's take a moment to explore some of the NFL teams that may be in the market for an entirely new coaching staff, or at least seeking to upgrade some of their coaches after a disappointing 2023 NFL season. Thankfully, we needn't reinvent the wheel. ESPN's NFL Insider, Adam Schefter, has already written a solid piece about NFL teams and head coaches that may part ways after the 2023 NFL season concludes. So let's go over his list:
- New England Patriots (4-12) - HC Bill Belichick
- Tennessee Titans (5-11) - HC Mike Vrabel
- Washington Commanders (4-12) - HC Ron Rivera
- Dallas Cowboys (11-5) - HC Mike McCarthy
- Atlanta Falcons (7-9) - HC Arthur Smith
- Carolina Panthers (2-14) - GM Scott Fitterer/Interim HC Chris Tabor
- New Orleans Saints (8-8) - HC Dennis Allen
- Las Vegas Raiders (7-9) - Interim HC Antonio Pierce
- Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) - Interim HC Giff Smith
- Chicago Bears (7-9) - HC Matt Eberflus
- Denver Broncos (8-8) - GM George Paton
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8) - HC Todd Bowles
The LA Rams are not only vulnerable to other NFL teams viewing the LA Rams as a superstore for finding a potential new head coach, but the Rams positional coaches have been the favored choice for other NFL teams in need of new offensive and defensive coordinators.
We will have time after Week 18 to explore which Rams coaches may be poached by other teams. But I have to admit that even in seeing the list of teams that may consider tweaking their coaching staff, if not making sweeping changes, that it appears that the LA Rams are going to be hammered once more by other teams in search of a winning formula.
But let's save that discussion for another day.