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Black Monday tracker: Which NFL teams and coaches have parted ways?

The day after the NFL's regular season ends is known as "Black Monday" around the league, because it's when many coaches will find out they have been fired. We'll be updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, with links to more in-depth posts on each major move.

1:00 p.m. ET: Tom Coughlin will officially return to the New York Giants despite missing the playoffs for the fifth time in six years. Most recent reports out of New York indicated Coughlin was safe.

10:30 a.m. ET: NFL Network's Albert Breer reported that Jim Harbaugh agreed to take the University of MIchigan head-coaching job, something that has been reportedly in the works for days. That officially takes Harbaugh off the market for any NFL teams with an opening.

9:45 a.m. ET: The Chicago Bears made a costly decision at quarterback, and it ended up costing coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery their jobs.

Trestman and Emery were fired after the Bears finished up their 5-11 season with a 13-9 loss at Minnesota. Less than a year ago the Bears signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a $126 million contract extension. But Cutler struggled, was benched and might be traded this offseason, which looked poorly on the GM and the coach. So the Bears have decided to start over at those spots.

9:30 a.m. ET: Considering the Atlanta Falcons had reportedly hired a search firm before the regular-season finale had even kicked off, it came as no surprise when the team announced coach Mike Smith had been fired.

Smith's career in Atlanta started well, with four playoff appearances in five seasons, although he had just one postseason win. A 10-22 record the past two years, finished by a terrible 34-3 loss to Carolina with the NFC South championship on the line Sunday, was too much for Smith to overcome. 

8:30 a.m. ET: The New York Jets cleaned house, not only firing head coach Rex Ryan but also informing general manager John Idzik he will not return either.

Ryan made the AFC championship game in each of his first two seasons, but that was the high point of his Jets tenure (other than perhaps his entertaining press conferences). The Jets stumbled to 4-12 this season. A big reason for that was the lack of talent that Idzik assembled in his two seasons as the team's GM. The failure of Geno Smith to develop as a legitimate starting NFL quarterback probably hurt the chances of Idzik or Ryan returning for another season.

Sunday: The San Francisco 49ers got a jump on Black Monday, announcing that they and coach Jim Harbaugh had mutually agreed to part ways just minutes after Harbaugh's postgame press conference. That clears the path for Harbaugh to make a move to the University of Michigan, which has been widely reported. 

Harbaugh leaves the 49ers with a 49-22-1 record, including a 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals in his final game on Sunday, and one NFC championship. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula have been speculated as possible in-house candidates to replace Harbaugh.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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