The NFL playoff race is red-hot this time of year, but for the teams that aren’t playing in January, there’s a different game going on. For fans of teams that won’t go to the playoffs, this is generally the time to start filling out draft boards and free agency wish lists. It’s also the time to look for new coaches once Black Monday passes.
Only one head coach has been fired midseason this year: But plenty more will soon join them on Black Monday, the traditional firing day in the NFL.
It’s the day after the end of the regular season, when most bad teams fire their head coach and start searching for a new one. Of course, the name Black Monday is a bit of hyperbole, especially when compared to other days with a similar name. It’s a head coach looking for a new job, not the stock market crashing or customers rioting at retail stores the day after Thanksgiving. Nevertheless, the name stuck and has become something of a minor tradition in the NFL.
Black Monday, much like Christmas, seems to come earlier every year. Last season, we saw three head coach firings before the end of the season, when the Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills, and Jacksonville Jaguars dismissed Jeff Fisher, Rex Ryan, and Gus Bradley, respectively. In 2015, Joe Philbin, Ken Whisenhunt, and Chip Kelly all got their walking papers well before Week 17.
Guice announced his decision late Wednesday afternoon in a video posted on Twitter. The junior rushed for 3,074 yards and 29 touchdowns on 471 career carries, starting most of the past two seasons for his hometown Tigers. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Rick Barry Jersey rates Guice as the No. 3 draft-eligible running back for 2018.
Elite Youth Tyler Higbee Jersey Guice earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2016 and second-team honors this past season. In 2016, he became just the second SEC player to record at least 250 rushing yards in more than two consecutive games. Taking over midseason for the injured Leonard Founette, Guice led the SEC in rushing yards (1,387) and yards per carry (7.6). He had five 100-yard performances this past season, including a 276-yard effort against Ole Miss.
It has always been my dream to be able to attend LSU, Guice said in the video. Having he opportunity to play for this storied university was truly an honor. … Nothing will ever replace LSU in my heart because you had a big part in raising me from a young boy to becoming a man.
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