Three Coaches Fired in One Day; NFL Franchises Take Massive Steps After End of Regular Season

Published 01/10/2022, 1:38 PM EST


As the NFL regular season has come to an end after 17 long weeks. Many teams have ended in disappointment while some are contented with their success. Some have even reached a point of breakdown while some are on the verge of greatness. And the morning that followed the season finale reflected upon these all.

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On one hand, Pittsburgh Steelers feel hyped up for their magical ticket to the playoffs. On the other hand, teams have fired off their head coaches for the lack of desired results. Below are the teams who have parted ways with their head coaches after the end of the 2021 regular season.

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The Chicago Bears fire Matt Nagy

Chicago Bears have finally parted ways with head coach Matt Nagy after spending four seasons together. Nagy during his first season with the Bears ended in an astounding 12- 4 record. Nagy was praised for it and was also honored with the NFL Coach of the Year award that season. However, he has since failed to replicate that result.

He ended in a mediocre 8-8 record both in 2019 and 2020. But his 2021 season has worsened even more since he finished with a mere 6-11 record. The franchise also thought of firing Matt Nagy after the Thanksgiving game, but that didn’t happen at that time. However, Nagy wasn’t the only one to get fired. Since general manager, Ryan Pace also met the same fate.

The Miami Dolphins fire Brian Flores

Miami Dolphins fired head coach Brian Flores after three seasons together. Flores during his tenure led the Dolphins to two seasons with winning records but failing to make the playoffs. In his first season, Flores led the franchise to a 5-11 record, following which he gave a career-best 10-6 record in his second season as the head coach and then a 9-8 record in 2021.

The firing of HC Brian Flores came as a shock to the league since he came close to making the playoffs for the second time. But his dismissal was a byproduct of his failing relations with the general manager Chris Grier and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Following the dismissal of HC Flores, the Dolphins owner Stephen Ross falsified the rumors for his inclination towards filling up the vacancy with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

The Minnesota Vikings fire Mike Zimmer

Minnesota Vikings after an 8-9 losing record in the 2021 season decided to make drastic changes in the franchise before heading towards the 2022 season. As a result head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman were fired from their respective duties. Zimmer finished his eight-year-long tenure with the Vikings with a 72-56-1 record.

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Mike Zimmer became the head coach of the Vikings in 2014 and has led the franchise to three playoff seasons, which includes the 2017 NFC Championship. However, Zimmer failed to make the playoffs for the previous two seasons, and the Vikings ownership group decided to make a fresh start for the 2022 season.

NFL prepares for the playoffs

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Although many teams have started to pack their bags after the season finale, there are some teams who still have greatness to achieve. And with the end of the 2021 regular season, the teams look forward to the Wild Car Round next Sunday.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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