‘Black Monday’ comes every year, where we see a cavalcade of head coaches lose their jobs, and the 2018 edition has now come and it hasn’t limited itself just to the head coach. The Detroit Lions fired Jim Caldwell after four seasons, John Fox was fired by the Chicago Bears after three last-place seasons, and Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians announced his retirement, leaving the organization as the winningest coach in franchise history, with a 50-32-1 record, including playoffs.

But that was not all the changes, as Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees announced his retirement, the Green Bay Packers fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers and reassigned their longtime general manager Ted Thompson, and the Denver Broncos fired six position coaches while retaining their head coach Vance Joseph.

Caldwell, 62, had winning seasons in three of his four years in Detroit, but the Lions missed the playoffs twice in the past three years, including this season, when they went 9-7. The Lions also fired offensive line coach Ron Prince on Monday, a source confirmed to ESPN. While he had a winning record overall, Caldwell was 4-23 against teams over .500 in his tenure. In key games in 2017 down the stretch of the season, while fighting for a division title and playoff berth, the Lions lost to the Vikings on Thanksgiving and then had December losses to Baltimore and Cincinnati, essentially knocking Detroit out of playoff contention. Losses to good teams over Caldwell’s tenure — he had chances to win division titles in 2014 and 2016 but lost Week 17 games against Green Bay — played a factor in his dismissal.

Detroit has not won a playoff game since Jan. 5, 1992, against Dallas, and has not won a divisional title since 1993. Caldwell’s winning percentage of .563 was the highest of any coach who led the Lions for more than one season since Buddy Parker had a 47-23-2 record and .671 winning percentage from 1951 to 1956.

Fox, whose contract ran through the 2018 season, had a 14-34 record with the Bears since being hired in January 2015 after a four-year stint as coach of the Denver Broncos. Fox coached the Broncos to four consecutive division titles and a Super Bowl appearance, but he failed to duplicate that success with the Bears, who haven’t had a winning season since 2012 and have made the playoffs just once in the past 11 seasons. He owns a career record of 133-123 in 16 seasons with Chicago, Denver and the Carolina Panthers. Fox’s .292 winning percentage is second worst in franchise history to Abe Gibron, who went 11-30-1 (.274) from 1972 to ’74. The Bears particularly struggled against their division rivals under Fox, going 3-15 against NFC North opponents over the past three seasons.

Arians said he didn’t make his final decision to retire until Phil Dawson’s 42-yard field goal went through the uprights at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Sunday night. He told his team after Arizona’s 26-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, and the players kept it a secret until he announced it late Monday morning. Arians, 65, said there “are so many reasons for the decision” but reaffirmed that family was the biggest one. He began thinking seriously about retirement during the summer when, at his lake home in Georgia, his wife, Chris, pointed out that their son, Jake, was going to be turning 40 years old soon.

Arians leaves the Cardinals as the coach with the most wins in franchise history. He established a culture of winning in 2013 that lasted for his first three seasons and included a historic run to the NFC Championship Game during the 2015 playoffs. Arizona lost that game to the Carolina Panthers. The Cardinals have struggled the past two seasons, winning just 15 games over that span. They followed a 7-8-1 record in 2016 with an 8-8 record in 2017. Injuries took their toll on the Cardinals this season. They lost running back David Johnson in Week 1 and quarterback Carson Palmer in Week 7, forcing Arians to restructure his offensive plans for the season.

Arians retires with two Super Bowl wins on his résumé during his eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers as wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator, a job in which he succeeded Ken Whisenhunt, whom Arians later followed as the head coach in Arizona in 2013. Arians retires with two Super Bowl wins on his résumé during his eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers as wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator, a job in which he succeeded Ken Whisenhunt, whom Arians later followed as the head coach in Arizona in 2013.

Arians’ coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech in 1975. In 1983, at age 30, he was hired as the head coach at Temple University, where he spent six seasons on the sideline. After he was fired in 1988, he wouldn’t become a head coach again for 25 years. While he was the Indianapolis Colts’ offensive coordinator in 2012, Arians took over as the interim head coach while Chuck Pagano took a leave to undergo treatment for leukemia. Arians went 9-3 and became the first interim head coach to win Coach of the Year. After years of being passed over for head-coaching jobs, he was hired by the Cardinals on Jan. 17, 2013, making him a first-time head coach at age 60. From there, Arians did everything his way. He hired a staff made up of longtime friends, close allies and former players.

In 2010, Pees joined Baltimore as the team’s linebackers coach and was elevated to defensive coordinator in 2012. In his first year on the job, Pees helped the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory over the 49ers in linebacker Ray Lewis’ final season with the team. In 2017, Pees’ unit allowed the sixth-fewest points and generated a league-high 34 takeaways.

Capers had been the Packers defensive coordinator for nine seasons, eight of which have seen the team make the playoffs largely due to the offense, not the defense. He has had the task of leading a defense for a franchise that largely eschews free agent help. He’s mostly coached players Thompson‘s brought in through the draft, and the results have not been especially solid in recent years. Both the 2016 and 2017 Green Bay defenses have ranked 22nd in total defense, while the 2015 unit ranked 15th. Capers’ units have been tasked with operating on a team led by Aaron Rodgers and have naturally been viewed as the weaker part of the Packers during the All-Pro-caliber quarterback’s run. Thompson, though, has used steady draft resources to aid the unit in recent years, using first- or second-round picks on the likes of Kenny Clark, Damarious Randall, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Kevin King, Quinten Rollins and Josh Jones. Injuries have also limited Green Bay’s defenses in recent years.

Thompson has operated as the team’s general manager since 2005 and has been with the team through two stints since 1992. In his first NFL Draft, Thompson selected Aaron Rodgers with the 24th overall pick. Green Bay has been among the best teams in the draft since Thompson’s arrival, plucking stars like Clay Matthews and Jordy Nelson. Under Thompson’s watch, the team advanced to the playoffs nine times and won the Super Bowl in 2010. The Packers missed the postseason for the first time since 2008 when it finished 7-9 in 2017. He is expected to take on a new role in the organization, and director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst, director of football operations Eliot Wolf and vice president of football administration/player finance Russ Ball are all expected to vie for the general manager position.

While Joseph was rumored to only last one season as Broncos head coach, at the last minute team president John Elway decided to keep him but gut his current coaching staff. Offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, running backs coach Eric Studesville, assistant defensive backs coach Johnnie Lynn, outside linebackers coach Fred Pagac, and special teams coordinator Brock Olivo were all let go on Monday.

A former Browns and Panthers offensive coordinator, Davidson will be on the move for a third straight offseason. He coached the Chargers’ O-line in 2016 under Mike McCoy, who also coached alongside Davidson in Carolina. The Broncos firing McCoy did not bode well for Davidson. The Broncos have not deployed a particularly good offensive line over the past three seasons. The unit’s undergone frequent changes in that span. Denver could well be searching for a new right tackle for the fifth straight season and may be in the market for a new left guard.

Studesville was the Broncos’ longest-tenured assistant and was the team’s interim coach after Josh McDaniels‘ tenure ended late in the 2010 season. Tolbert served as wideouts coach since the ’11 campaign, joining when John Fox‘s tenure began. Studesville declined an interview for the Jets’ OC vacancy last year and was fired despite the Broncos’ rushing attack climbing from the No. 27 to No. 12 between 2016 and ’17. This season marked the first since 2011 the Broncos didn’t have a 1,000-yard receiver. Studesville is already on several team’s short list to be their head coach, including the New York Giants.

Davidson and Olivo had been hired by Joseph last year. Tolbert was one of the Broncos’ most-tenured assistant coaches, having been on Fox’s first staff in Denver in 2011 as both Tolbert and Studesville were on the Broncos’ staff for Super Bowl XLVIII and Super Bowl 50. The changes reflect at least some of the struggles the Broncos had on offense as well as special teams that were the major catalysts in an eight-game losing streak this season, the team’s longest since 1967. Anderson, however, was one of nine running backs in the league to top 1,000 yards, something Anderson credited Studesville with since it was Studesville who helped Anderson retool his offseason workouts to include cycling.

The Broncos’ special teams were also a consistent problem all season, as opponents blocked two punts, kicker Brandon McManus missed eight field goals as five of those misses came in the first six weeks of the season, and wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was demoted twice as the team’s punt returner because of fumbling problems. McKenzie muffed six punts this season. Olivo was in his first season as an NFL coordinator and before Joseph had hired him he had spent three seasons as an assistant to Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub. Toub, who interviewed for the Broncos’ head coaching job when Joseph was hired, is generally regarded as the top special teams coach in the league. The Broncos lost their season-finale to the Chiefs Sunday and just days before the loss Olivo had talked about facing his mentor after such a difficult season on special teams for the Broncos.

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