BUFFALO – For the first time in nearly 20 years Buffalo Bills fans didn’t have to worry about watching their head coach get canned.
Four teams did fire their head coaches on “Black Monday” as the National Football League moved from the regular season to the playoffs.
Chuck Pagano of the 4-12 of Indianapolis Colts, John Fox of the 5-11 Chicago Bears, Jack Del Rio of the 6-10 Oakland Raiders and Jim Caldwell of the Detroit Lions were sent packing after their teams missed the playoffs and were a general disappointment through the 16-game season.
Buffalo Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott was not answering questions about his future on Monday, instead he was addressing questions about his running back LeSean McCoy who injured his ankle on Sunday.
“We’ll see,” McDermott said. “We’re continuing to go through the medical evaluation on that.”
If McCoy cannot play, the Bills have only two healthy running backs on their roster: Mike Tolbert and Marcus Murphy.
Both the Bills and Jaguars haven’t participated in playoff action. For Buffalo it’s their first playoff berth in 17 seasons. For Jacksonville it’s their first playoff appearance in 10 seasons.