They call the Monday after the last NFL regular season weekend Black Monday in reference to the usual spate of head coach firings, and the league was back in the business of spinning the coaching carousel today.
Some prominent front-office executives also got their walking papers.
As expected, Steve Spagnuolo was told this morning that he was no longer wanted as the Rams' head coach, ending his three-year tenure after a two-year run as the Giants' highly successful defensive coordinator. The Rams also parted ways with general manager Billy Devaney.
The Bucs fired Raheem Morris after three seasons. The Bucs lost their last 10 games this year, and Morris was not expected to be retained.
And this afternoon, the Colts have swept out their front office, according to reports, as team president Bill Polian and his son, Chris, the general manager, have been dismissed.
There is no word yet on head coach Jim Caldwell, but his status is certainly in jeopardy now that the Colts will be bringing in someone else to run the front office.
The Dolphins and Jaguars already fired their respective coches, Tony Sparano and Jack Del Rio, and have commenced searching for new coaches. Another coach on the hot seat is Norv Turner of the Chargers, whose fate may not be known until later in the week.