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The Journal Gazette

Monday, January 01, 2018 12:20 pm

Bears, Lions coaches fired

MARK MASKE, CINDY BOREN, DES BIELER and BRYAN FLAHERTY | Washington Post

John Fox and Jim Caldwell were the next head coaches to go as the firing-and-hiring season for NFL head coaches began in earnest with the close of the regular season.

The Chicago Bears parted with Fox after a 5-11 season and the Lions dropped Caldwell after a 9-7 finish, marking two changes in the NFC North's four teams.

Those firings came early on New Year's Day and followed the dismissals of Jack Del Rio by the Raiders and Chuck Pagano by the Colts on New Year's Eve.

One NFL coach -- Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants -- had already been fired before Sunday's regular season finales, and more activity is expected, with as many as eight to 10 coaching jobs expected to open up.

For some, their futures became clearer over the weekend.

Arizona's Bruce Arians is likely to either be fired or resign, while Houston's Bill O'Brien is likely to keep his job.

Philadelphia's defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz, reportedly will interview for the Giants' job while Dom Capers's disappointing Packers defense is expected to bring an end to his time in Green Bay.