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Cheese Curds, 12/31: Black Monday got started early this year

Four job openings exist now, with more sure to come later today.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at New York Jets Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

This year, two teams fired their head coaches prior to week 17. The Cleveland Browns canned Hue Jackson after eight weeks, while our Green Bay Packers sacked Mike McCarthy following an abulysmal week 13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

However, a few other teams decided to make their changes at that position immediately following their week 17 games, rather than waiting for the day after, often referred to as "Black Monday." Among the several they have made those decisions public already, two have fired their coaches, and as the day goes on we should hear about a few more teams doing so.

Some of those fired individuals will be in line for head coaching jobs as soon as 2019 (Mike McCarthy in Cleveland, perhaps?) while others will likely have to take coordinator or position coach jobs for the time being.

We're treating today's curds as a Black Monday primer to prepare everyone for what may transpire today.

Todd Bowles has been fired by the Jets | Gang Green Nation

Bowles was dealt a poor hand, and while it seems unlikely that he'll get another head coaching job this offseason, he should get some interviews at the very least. If not a head coach, Bowles could definitely be a candidate for a defensive coordinator job if the Packers' new head coach does not retain Mike Pettine.

Buccaneers fire Dirk Koetter | Bucs Nation

Koetter lasted three years in Tampa as the head coach, and he made Ryan Fitzpatrick into a hugely productive passer. However, the Bucs' defenses were abysmal and a seed cond straight losing season was not going to be tolerated.

Adam Gase's future in doubt in Miami |

Keep an eye on Gase, Broncos coach Vance Joseph, and Arizona's Steve Wilks as some of the top candidates to be let go today.

Packers could do clean sweep after blowout loss |

There are still some fine coaches on this Packers staff - OL coach James Campen for one, probably Joe Whitt as another - but after Sunday's listless performance, would it surprise anyone if they were all gone in a few weeks?

Corey Linsley extends Ironman steak on Packers' offensive line |

For a second straight year, Linsley did not miss a single snap. That alone is worthy of praise, but he is certainly playing like one of the best centers in the league and is entirely deserving of a Pro Bowl spot, despite being voted only as an alternate.

NFL head coaching candidates: names to know in 2019 |

To close it out for today, here's a look at several of the names who will interest teams around the league that end up in the hunt for new head coaches.