The Houston Texans fired coach David Culley and a Chicago Bears coordinator has an interview. Here’s the latest from the NFL’s fire-and-hire cycle.

Change is in the air. “Black Monday” arrived in the NFL the day after the regular season ended with a wave of major changes beginning in the league.

On Thursday, the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans were looking for new head coaches and the Bears, Vikings and Giants were looking for new CEOs.

The Bears have set up interviews with at least 11 GM candidates and nine coaching candidates.

As a new cycle of layoffs and hirings continues, we are monitoring all the latest moves.


The Houston Texans fired coach David Culley after one season.

The scoop: The Texans finished 4-13 in the lone season under Culley, 66, a longtime NFL assistant in his first job as a head coach. The Texans were playing without Deshaun Watson amid sexual assault allegations against the quarterback. Week 1 starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor only played six games due to injury, and the Texans turned to rookie Davis Mills to start 11 games.

Since 1994, Culley has been a receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, with whom he has also served as an assistant head coach, quarterbacks coach with the Buffalo Bills and assistant head coach/wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens.

Carolina Panthers interview Chris Tabor, Bears special teams coordinator, according to ESPN.

The scoop: Tabor served as the Bears’ special teams coordinator for all four seasons under Matt Nagy, and he served as interim head coach for one game in 2021 when Nagy had COVID-19. He was previously Cleveland Brown’s special teams coordinator for seven seasons, spanning multiple head coaches.


The Chicago Bears added two more names to their general manager interview pool.

The scoop: The Bears have requested an interview with Pittsburgh Steelers vice president of football and business administration Omar Khan and New England Patriots senior consultant Eliot Wolf, ESPN reported. Khan had talks with GM last year with the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. Wolf, the son of former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf, worked with the Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns.

Here are the updated lists of candidates:

General Managers



The Chicago Bears list of requested interviews reached at least 8 general manager candidates and 9 coaching candidates.

The scoop: Recently fired Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores was a big name to appear in a long list of candidates the Bears contacted for interviews.

The NFL Network reported the Bears set up the interview with Flores, who went 24-25 in three seasons with the Dolphins. His last two seasons were victorious, but the Dolphins did not make the playoffs.

Here are the other candidate coaches who would have been solicited:

Former Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith is among the biggest names expected to interview the Bears. Here is a list of others:

The New York Giants fired coach Joe Judge after two seasons.

The scoop: In his first stint as head coach in the NFL, Judge, 40, went 10-23, including 4-13 in 2021. Playing without quarterback Daniel Jones down the stretch, the Giants lost their last six games by a combined score of 163-56. Following the 29-3 loss to the Bears in Week 17, Judge went on an 11-minute rant defending his team while speaking to the media.

It’s the Giants’ second big move in two days after general manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement on Monday. With Judge out, there are now seven NFL head coaching positions open.


The Chicago Bears have fired general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy.

The scoop: Pace is out in Chicago after seven seasons in which his teams went 48-65, made the playoffs twice and failed to record a playoff win. In his first stint as head coach in the NFL, Nagy finished 34-31 with two playoff losses in four seasons.

The Bears never found the right balance between Nagy and a quarterback during his tenure, going through Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. Nagy’s offense remained stuck in the bottom third of the league in many categories. The Bears finished 6-11 this season.

The Bears have contacted former Eagles coach Doug Pederson to schedule an interview for their role as head coach, according to a league source. An ESPN report also said the Bears have requested permission to interview Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for the job. The team, according to NFL Network, also requested to speak with Colts college scouting director Morocco Brown for the GM opener.

Minnesota Vikings fired general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer

The scoop: Spielman had been with the Vikings since 2006, first as vice president of player personnel and then as general manager since 2012. In that time, the Vikings went 132-123-2 with six playoff appearances .

Zimmer, a longtime NFL defensive coordinator, became the Vikings head coach in 2014. He has led three 10-or-more win seasons, three playoff appearances and two playoff wins. The Vikings finished 8-9 after a win over the Bears on Sunday.

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has announced his retirement after four seasons in the role.

The scoop: In 2018, Gettleman became chief executive of an organization where he had spent 13 years previously in front office roles. But his efforts to resurrect the franchise failed, with the Giants experiencing their worst four-year losing streak in team history.

The Giants went 19-46 under Gettleman’s watch, including a 4-13 faceplant this season in which the offense finished last in the NFC in total yardage and scoring. Gettleman announced his retirement on Monday but could have been fired had he not done so. Coach Joe Judge’s future remains uncertain and could depend on what happens as their search for GM intensifies.

The Miami Dolphins fired coach Brian Flores after three seasons.

The scoop: Flores was fired in his third season despite back-to-back winning seasons. The Dolphins were 5-11 in his freshman year, 10-6 in 2020 and 9-8 this season, but they did not make the playoffs during his tenure.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross released a statement saying he “has determined that the key dynamic of our football organization is not working at the level I want it to be and has felt that this decision is in the best interest of the Miami Dolphins”. General manager Chris Grier will remain with the team in his current role, ESPN reported.


The Denver Broncos fired head coach Vic Fangio after three seasons.

The scoop: Fangio hasn’t recorded a winning season in his three in Denver. He finished 19-30 in his first stint as NFL head coach, including 7-10 this season. Fangio, 63, served as defensive coordinator in the NFL for 19 seasons, including four in Chicago, before joining the Broncos in 2019.

Fangio’s defense has ranked in the top 10 in yards and points allowed this season. But the Broncos’ offense hasn’t produced well enough under Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock, the latest in a revolving door of quarterbacks in Denver in recent years.

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The Jaguars conducted at least five interviews to replace Urban Meyer.

The scoop: The Jaguars fired Urban Meyer on December 16 after just 13 games with the team.

The team has already deepened its search for a replacement, interviewing former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson, former Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen. Moore.

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