Harbaugh sympathizes with fired coaches

Ravens coach feels for coaches affected by "Black Monday"

January 03, 2012|By Edward Lee

“Black Monday” in the NFL is the day after the end of the regular season when teams begin to question whether the coach they have is the right one for the future.

Two franchises, the St. Louis Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, decided to fire their coaches in Steve Spagnuolo and Raheem Morris, respectively.

That means that five teams – the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Miami Dolphins, the Rams and the Buccaneers – will be searching for new coaches in the offseason. Ravens coach John Harbaugh sympathized with his suddenly-unemployed peers.

“It’s a tough league and I think that guys do a great job – win or lose,” he said. “It’s really competitive and sometimes circumstances can catch up with the program and overwhelm it – not to say that it couldn’t be overcome. Sometimes decisions are made for whatever reasons. … You mentioned Steve specifically. Obviously I think Steve Spagnuolo is a great coach, and he will be heard from in this league often and – I guarantee you – with great success. He’ll be doing just fine.”

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