Sean Payton despises the term "Black Monday." And he's one of the coaches who always survives it.
Six head coaches were fired as the NFL season concluded, four of them on Monday. Two others, Mike McCarthy in Green Bay and Hue Jackson in Cleveland, didn't make it that far.
Saints coach Payton, finishing his 13th season in New Orleans and now owning the second-longest tenure with a team after Cincinnati fired Marvin Lewis, had some strong words about how the coaching carousel gets derailed every year.
"Our owners' network that they own have created this," Payton said, referring to NFL Network that is owned by the league, "marketed this and sold this 'Black Monday,' and that's just disappointing."
In reference to Lewis, who was with the Bengals since 2003, but went an all-time worst 0-7 in the playoffs, Payton added: "He's been a fabulous coach, but I don't want to comment on anyone or all of them (who were fired)."
Bengals owner Mike Brown will decide whether to bring in an outsider to shake things up or stay the course with someone who is familiar.
Lewis said, "I didn't deliver what the No. 1 goal is, and that's to be world champions, and we did not get that done. A lot of positives, but that's the one goal as a coach you look forward to doing. Mike and I both decided it's time.''
Payton added that the whole Black Monday scene, which some media outlets promote the way they do actual competition, is "ridiculous."
Steve Wilks, fired after a 3-13 record in his first — and only — season in Arizona, might be a case in point. Barring a full-out revolt by the players, how is one year enough to judge a head coach's capabilities?
Also fired on Monday were Vance Joseph in Denver and Adam Gase in Miami. On Sunday night, Todd Bowles with the Jets and Dirk Koetter with the Bucs were let go.
A year ago, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, Arizona and the New York Giants made changes. That's 14 franchises out of 32 with different head coaches since 2016.
Eagles tap Foles
Nick Foles will lead the Philadelphia Eagles into the playoffs.
Coach Doug Pederson said Foles is "feeling good" after suffering a chest injury and will start when the Eagles (9-7) face the Bears (12-4) in an NFC wild-card game next Sunday.
"We'll take care of him and make sure he's ready," Pederson.
Pederson said Nate Sudfeld is the backup as of right now and couldn't provide an update on Carson Wentz's back injury. He wouldn't commit to starting Foles if the Eagles advance.