The human element behind NFL coaching changes

Sometimes, particularly on this day, the day after the regular season ends, when there are mass firings, NFL coaches are dehumanized. But sometimes it’s also worth pointing out that human beings are losing their jobs, families are being asked to relocate, and it is not an easy time for anyone.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is familiar with the process. His father was in coaching, and Belichick once was fired himself in Cleveland. When he was asked about The Fifth Quarter, the day after the regular season ends, Belichick struck a note that people should remember.

“I would just say, having been in coaching for a long time and growing up in a coaching family, it’s something that I’ve unfortunately been a part of really my whole life — either in my family directly or with friends and associates at other teams,” Belichick said. “It’s an annual thing at the end of the year and it’s part of a coach’s life and it’s part of the job.

“Most of us have been there at least once during the course of their career. I understand that is part of it. It’s a tough day I think for all coaches when those things happen because we have all been a part of those in one way or another and you don’t like to see that happen to anybody. But you know it’s going to happen and it happens every year. It seems like it happens quite a bit in some years and it looks like this is one of those years.”

Since the start of the season there have been six coaching changes. There will be more. It brings hope to some fans, but it brings sadness to NFL families.

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