Black Monday entered on a whisper and exited with a shrug.
There are six head-coaching vacancies -- and with the exception of Jack Del Rio getting the pink slip in Oakland -- there were very few surprises. More startling was the coaches that are keeping their jobs -- I'm looking at you, Hue Jackson!
Who knew a winning percentage of .031 was a sign of optimism in Cleveland?
Online sportsbook BookMaker.eu has released odds on four teams in need of new head honchos -- the Giants, Colts, Lions and Bears. Let's break down the contenders and hopefully find a bargain in the mix.
Who will be the Giants head coach in Week 1 of the 2018 regular season?
Josh McDaniels: +200
Jim Schwartz: +300
Mike Shula: +800
Matt Patricia: +820
Steve Wilks: +900
Mike Munchak: +1200
Mike Smith: +15000
Brian Kelly: +20000
Nick Saban: +50000
Ben McAdoo was let go before the Giants' Week 14 game and Steve Spagnuolo filled in admirably, going 1-3 in the interim.
The Giants' offense plummeted from fourth-best in 2015 at 26.2 points per game to this year's 15.4 clip -- second-worst in the NFL, ahead of only the Browns.
With Eli Manning's future shrouded in mystery, Big Blue might take a chance on an offensive savant like Patriots coordinator Josh McDaniels, who had a 11-17 record at Denver; or Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula, the son of longtime NFL Coach Don Shula.
Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich is another intriguing possibility. He was instrumental in shaping second-year quarterback Carson Wentz into an MVP-caliber player.
And then there's Nick Saban at 500/1. If Alabama wins another national title, does he dash for one last shot at NFL glory? It's not that inconceivable.
Who will be the Colts head coach in Week 1 of the 2018 regular season?
Josh McDaniels: +800
David Shaw: +900
Todd Haley: +900
Frank Reich: +950
Pat Shurmur: +1200
Tom Cable: +1200
Jim Harbaugh: +1500
Dave Toub: +1500
Matt Nagy: +2000
Chuck Pagano is gone after a six-year stint in Indy. The 4-12 Colts never jelled under backup signal caller Jacoby Brissett and hope to get Andrew Luck back under center for the start of 2018.
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While McDaniels and Reich are top contenders, could Jim Harbaugh be persuaded to return to Indy, where he spent his final good years under Ted Marchibroda? Harbaugh's contract, which pays him about $7 million a year, runs through 2021. Despite a disappointing (by Wolverines fans' standards) 8-5 season, he seems content to don the maize and blue for a while.
Harbaugh is the second of two Stanford coaches in the running as current Cardinal David Shaw is at +900. Shaw is just 45 and already has a lifetime 73-22 record at Stanford. But with a projected sub-top 50 2018 recruiting class, he might try to git while the getting's good.
Who will be the Lions head coach in Week 1 of the 2018 regular season?
Matt Patricia: +430
Steve Wilks: +825
Mike Vrabel: +935
Teryl Austin: +1585
Pat Shurmur: +1585
Dave Toub: +1820
Mike Smith: +2150
Since Calvin Johnson's retirement, the Lions haven't had much of an identity. Sure, Matthew Stafford remains the face of the team, but their once-vaunted defense allowed 23.5 points a game in 2017 -- 21st-best in the league.
Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel has molded one of the NFL's staunchest defenses, but has struggled to keep it healthy. The Lions also ranked sixth-worst in yards allowed, conceding an unsightly 356 per game. Shoring up the defense should be a top priority in Detroit, and Vrabel's championship pedigree is a seemingly perfect fit.
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is another strong contender despite no head-coaching experience. With an uneven defense most of the year, New England relied heavily on its offense to close out games. Still, Patricia's bend-don't-break approach was good for fifth-best in the league at 18.5 points per game.
Who will be the Bears head coach in Week 1 of the 2018 regular season?
Josh McDaniels: +600
Pat Shurmur: +600
Frank Reich: +800
David Shaw: +900
Dave Toub: +1100
Mike Shula: +1200
Todd Haley: +1500
Jim Bob Cooter: +1500
Pat Shurmur is a name that jumps out from the lot. Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky didn't wow the Bears with his arm, throwing just seven touchdown passes -- and seven picks. Not once in his 12 games did he throw multiple TD scores. Sure, Chicago's receivers are subpar but even bad quarterbacks manage to find the end zone more than once every two weeks.
As the offensive coordinator for division rival Minnesota, Shurmur has a great track record with turning backup quarterbacks into elite players. Case Keenum, who was a career 9-15 starter before 2017, led Minnesota to a 13-3 record and first-round bye.
Then there's Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who has restored the roar in Carolina.
Also in the mix is another divisional coordinator, Jim Bob Cooter, who as the Lions' offensive coordinator was seventh in the league in scoring at 25.6 points a game. With the franchise's future under center and an elite running back in Jordan Howard, an upgrade in receiving corps could lift Chicago out of the NFC North cellar.