Black Monday Tracker: Follow NFL head coaching changes

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It’s Black Monday in the NFL, meaning several coaches, general managers — and teams — are waiting to see what their futures hold.

Some coaches didn’t even make it to Monday before being fired, and, of course, Black Monday came a week early for Chip Kelly, who was fired by the Eagles on the verge of finishing his third season. Below is all the latest on head coaches and general managers around the NFL:

9:40 p.m. ET: In a stunning turn of events, the Colts announced a surprise contract extension with Chuck Pagano after it was widely believed for months that Pagano would be relieved of his duties at the end of the season even if the Colts made the playoffs. After Indianapolis fell short of the postseason, Pagano’s exit seemed to be a mere formality, but now he’ll get a chance to reverse his and the franchise’s fortune with a healthy Andrew Luck in 2016.

FIRED: Chargers offensive coordinator Reich

3:53 p.m. ET: The Chargers have fired offensive coordinator Frank Reich, according to reports. Head coach Mike McCoy is safe regardless of whether the team plays in San Diego or Los Angles next year, a source tells ProFootballTalk.

Coughlin steps down as Giants coach

2:20 p.m. ET: Tom Coughlin has stepped down as head coach of the New York Giants. He won two Super Bowls in 12 seasons as Giants head coach.

In a statement, Coughlin said, “I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is not a sad occasion for me. I have spent 15 years with this organization as an assistant and head coach and was fortunate to be part of three Super Bowl winning teams.”

Coughlin reportedly may not retire and is open to “the right opportunity.”

1:40 p.m. ET: After firing Jim Tomsula on Sunday, 49ers CEO Jed York said Monday that Trent Baalke will stay as the team’s GM and will hire the Niners’ next coach. One scenario to keep an eye on: The Niners going after Saints coach Sean Payton.

1:08 p.m. ET: Where the Chargers play next year remains to be seen, but Mike McCoy is being kept on as head coach despite a 4-12 season.

1:00 p.m. ET: The Dolphins beat the Patriots on Sunday, but the folks in Miami still reportedly want to speak with New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

FIRED: Titans toss GM Webster

12:22 p.m. ET: The writing was on the wall for Ruston Webster after head coach Ken Whisenhunt was fired during the season. The Titans fired Webster on Monday. Steve Underwood has been permanently promoted to President and CEO of the team.

HIRED: Dolphins tab Grier as new GM

11:47 a.m. ET: That didn’t take long. Chris Grier is the new general manager of the Miami Dolphins, the team announced Monday. The Dolphins fired Dennis Hickey as GM only two days ago.

 

10:36 a.m. ET: All signs are pointing to Tom Coughlin resigning as head coach of the New York Giants after missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Coughlin will reportedly meet with ownership at 1 p.m. ET.

10:11 a.m. ET: What will happen to Jeff Fisher in St. Louis after the Rams went 7-9? His job could be safe due to the team’s geographic uncertainty. A move to Los Angeles looks more than possible for the Rams.

8:39 a.m. ET: Mike Shanahan will interview with the Dolphins for their head-coaching vacancy on Tuesday, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports.

7:14 a.m. ET: Chip Kelly has reached out to the 49ers to tell them that he’d like to coach them, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Kelly was fired last week by the Eagles after missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

6:29 a.m. ET: Jason Garrett isn’t leaving Dallas, according to Jerry Jones: “There’s no thought of replacing Jason. At all.”

SUNDAY EARLY-BIRD ACTION

FIRED: 49ers part with Tomsula

10:06 p.m. ET: Jim Tomsula‘s tenure in San Francisco has officially ended after only one season. Tomsula exits after a tumultuous 5-11 season. He was with the organization for nine years.

8:53 p.m. ET: The Eagles will reportedly pursue coach Sean Payton if he does not stay on as Saints coach. Payton reportedly has a Monday meeting with Saints GM Mickey Loomis.

FIRED: Pettine, Farmer out at Cleveland

7:09 p.m. ET: The Browns have fired head coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer. Pettine was 10-22 in two years as head coach in Cleveland. Doug Marrone will reportedly be the first person interviewed for the head-coaching vacancy, but Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam denies that. Haslam quickly promoted the Browns’ general counsel, Sashi Brown, to executive director of football operations and gave Brown control of the 53-man roster.

Sunday Night Football odds: Eagles laying touchdown against Cowboys

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The fact that the Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a bye while the Dallas Cowboys had a short week to work on their road woes should tip off straight-up bettors, but the spread might be another story.

The Eagles, led by quarterback Carson Wentz, are 7-point favorites on the Sunday Night Football odds against the Cowboys with a 43.5-point total at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Philadelphia is 16-3 straight-up and 12-6-1 against the spread in its last 19 games after having at least a full week off, while Dallas is 0-9 SU in its last nine games after playing the Monday prior.

Dallas carries a good head-to-head trend of being 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six road games at Philadelphia, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, and is also 6-3 ATS in its last nine road games as an underdog of 6.5 or more points.

The Cowboys are 3-5 both SU and ATS after a home loss against the Houston Texans on Monday. Dallas and quarterback Dak Prescott have habitually struggled to score points on the road, and a nicked-up offensive line faces a very strong Eagles defensive line led by tackle Fletcher Cox. For all the formidability of its front four, though, the Eagles are giving up 4.5 yards per rush and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott should find some room to the outside as both a rusher and pass receiver.

Dallas will be without wide receiver Tavon Austin (groin) and will need more out of Amari Cooper in the passing phase as the ex-Oakland Raider enters his second game for the Cowboys.

The Eagles, who are 4-4 SU and 3-5 ATS and need the win to have any reasonable chance at defending their Super Bowl crown, are 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS over their last eight games at night. Bettors’ confidence in the Eagles’ offensive capabilities might come down to the health of right tackle Lane Johnson (knee), who is expected to play and provide resistance to the Dallas pass rush.

Quarterback Carson Wentz now has wide receiver Golden Tate, recently acquired via trade, in his arsenal against a Cowboys pass defense that allows the sixth-worst opponents’ passer rating (101.1) in the NFL.

The ground game has generated middling results for the Eagles, who are still hoping either Corey Clement or Wendell Smallwood can take a lead role. Dallas also allows the second-least yards per rush in the NFL, which is a small reason to think the Cowboys will offer some resistance by forcing Wentz into obvious passing downs.

Wentz will likely face some long-yardage scenarios, though, as the Cowboys allow the second-least yards per carry.

There are pronounced UNDER trends in this matchup. The total has gone UNDER in the Cowboys’ last three games against the Eagles, with an average combined score of 30.67 points. The total has gone UNDER in the Cowboys’ last eight games on the road, with an average combined score of 31.25 points. And the total has gone UNDER in eight of the Eagles’ last nine games at home, with an average combined score of 31.89 points.

For more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes or Spotify or listen to it at OddsShark.libsyn.com.

NFL Week 6 odds: Bengals, Eagles, Patriots are all betting favorites

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The Cincinnati Bengals usually handle struggling teams, but it’s fair to wonder if that trend will be cancelled out by their long-running difficulties against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Bengals, led by quarterback Andy Dalton, are 2.5-point favorites against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the NFL Week 6 odds with a 53-point total at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

According to the OddsShark NFL Database, it is only the sixth time in the last 14 seasons that the AFC North-leading Bengals are favored at home against the Steelers, but they are 14-4 straight-up in their last 18 home games against teams with losing records, and are also 6-1 SU and against the spread in their last seven games.

The Steelers, 2-2-1 SU on the season, have dominated the matchup with a 16-2 SU record in their last 18 road games against the Bengals, but they are also 1-6 ATS in their last seven games in the early afternoon.

The Philadelphia Eagles are 3-point road favorites against the New York Giants  with a 43-point total for the Thursday Night Football matchup. The Eagles are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games against the Giants. The total has gone OVER in the Eagles’ last five games against the Giants, with an average combined score of 54.6. The Giants are 2-8 SU and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.

The Seattle Seahawks are 3-point favorites against the Oakland Raiders with a 48-point total in a matchup at Wembley Stadium in London. The Seahawks, who will be idle in Week 7, are 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games before a bye. The Raiders are 2-5 SU and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games before a bye. The total has gone UNDER in 10 of the Raiders’ last 12 games, with an average combined score of 43.33.

The Chicago Bears are 3-point road favorites against the Miami Dolphins with a 42-point total. The Bears are 1-9 SU in their last 10 games on the road against teams with winning records. The total has gone UNDER in five of the Bears’ last seven games, with an average combined score of 37.43. The Dolphins are 0-7-1 ATS in their last eight games at home after consecutive road games.

The Washington Redskins are 1-point favorites against the Carolina Panthers with a 44.5-point total. The Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against the Redskins. The Redskins are 3-10 SU in their last 13 games in Week 6. The total has gone UNDER in four of the Redskins’ last five games in the early afternoon.

The Los Angeles Rams are 7-point road favorites against the Denver Broncos with a 52.5-point total. The Rams are 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in the late afternoon. The total has gone OVER in eight of the Rams’ last 10 games on the road, with an average combined score of 54.5. The Broncos are 4-13 SU and 2-14-1 ATS in their last 17 games.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are 3-point road favorites against the Dallas Cowboys with a 40.5-point total. The Jaguars are 4-22 SU and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games in the late afternoon. The Cowboys are 0-5 SU and ATS in their last five games in the late afternoon.

The New England Patriots are 3.5-point favorites against the Kansas City Chiefs with a 59.5-point total in the Sunday Night Football matchup. The Chiefs have covered in every game so far this season and are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games after consecutive ATS wins. The total has gone OVER in 10 of the Chiefs’ last 14 games at night. The Patriots are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games at night.

And the Green Bay Packers are 9.5-point road favorites against the San Francisco 49ers with a 46.5-point total for Monday night’s game. The 49ers are 0-14 SU and 5-9 ATS in their last 14 road games as an underdog of 7.5 or more points. The Packers are 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 home games as a favorite of 7.5 or more points.

For more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes or Spotify or listen to it at OddsShark.libsyn.com.