Black Monday Is Upon Us (UPDATE)

2010 is upon us and many of you are still hung over from that New Year’s Eve Bash. Well, sober up my friend. It’s Black Monday, and it is likely to be a bloodbath. We’ll update this space all day with the latest firings and rumors (y’all know we love us some rumors). So let’s get to it.

Jim Zorn
Predictably, Jim Zorn losing his job kicks things off on this year’s Black Monday. The Washington Post has the coverage of the firing in the wee hours of the morning.

The Washington Redskins fired Coach Jim Zorn Monday morning, ending Zorn’s two-year stint that began with his surprising elevation from an obscure quarterbacks coach and finished with a dismissal that seemed inevitable after the Redskins’ four-win season.

“The status quo is not acceptable,” General Manager Bruce Allen said in a statement. “I felt it was necessary to not waste a moment of time to begin building this team into a winner.”

Jack Del Rio
A coach that had a very undermanned team on the brink of a playoff berth couldn’t possibly be fired, right? Wrong. But that’s only if you believe this National Football Post report.

According to NFP’s Michael Lombardi’s sources close to the Jags, owner Wayne Weaver “is not happy with how (Del Rio) treats people, his work ethic, his involvement in the community and the direction of the franchise. It’s been said the Jags don’t have the money to fire Del Rio, but if Weaver does have an interest in selling the team, hiring a big-name coach is the best way to add value to the franchise. There may be an initial cost, but bringing in the right coach will increase the overall value of the team.”

Chew on those, and wait for seconds.

Ready for more?

Tom Cable
You really didn’t think that a Black Monday could pass without Al Davis jumping in the fray, did you? The San Jose Mercury News has the scoop.

All signs point to the Raiders joining a growing contingent that is severing ties with Cable these days and seeking a different connection.

In the Raiders’ case, that means parting ways with coach Tom Cable and hitching their floundering franchise to another coach who has a fresh set of ideas and the patience to put up with quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

Managing general partner Al Davis has yet to weigh in publicly on the matter.

However, several people close to Davis say he is inclined to fire Cable and hire a new coach for the sixth time since Jon Gruden was jettisoned after the 2001 season.

Ah, yes. The blood is beginning to flow.

Buffalo’s entire coaching staff
Fox Sport’s Jay Glazer has the details of the Bills completely cleaning house.

On Monday the Bills fired their entire coaching staff — including interim head coach Perry Fewell, has learned. Fewell, however, is expected to officially interview Monday for the Bills’ permanent head-coaching position.

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