Black Monday 2012: NFL Firings
Bye-bye, so long and farewell. For many in the NFL, 2012 is ending on a not very up note. With the regular football season ending on Sunday, firings came on Monday at a furious clip.
Within a two-hour span Monday morning, the following ooaches were sacked: Andy Reid in Philadelphia, Lovie Smith in Chicago, Norv Turner in San Diego, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland, Romeo Crennel in Kansas City and Chan Gailey in Buffalo.
San Diego Coach Norv Turner Fired Image: © Sean M. Haffey/U-T San Diego/ZUMAPRESS.com
Reid was the longest tenured of the coaches, removed after 14 seasons with the Eagles and a Super Bowl appearance in 2005 (resulting in a loss to New England).
Smith spent nine seasons with the Chicago Bears, leading them to the Super Bowl in 2006 (with a loss to the Indianapolis Colts).
Though he also had a losing record, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan held onto his job while general manager Mike Tannenbaum was let go. Jacksonville fired its GM, Gene Smith, while coach Mike Mularkey could go soon as well.
The Chargers and Browns made it a clean sweep. San Diego dismissed GM A.J. Smith along with Turner. Cleveland fired GM Tom Heckert along with Shurmur.
And the hits just keep on coming. Monday afternoon, the Raiders fired OC Greg Knapp and three other assistants after 10th straight season with no playoffs
The Cardinals fired coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves, who had been with the franchise for 16 years, in their housecleaning. The 50-year-old Whisenhunt had more wins than any other coach in Cardinals history, going 45-51, 4-2 in the playoffs. He had a year, worth about $5.5 million, left on his contract.
USA Today has started a tracker that figures to be updated throughout the day.
So has SB Nation.
That's a lot of jobs to be filled. Any predictions who will land where?