Much like how December 26th is the day of returns in the retail world, the Monday after the final week of NFL regular season games is the day many under-performing franchises seek change. On this Black Monday for the National Football League, 13 men (7 coaches, 6 general managers) were relieved of their duties.
Probably the most shocking news of the day came out of Chicago, where Lovie Smith was dismissed from a 10-win Bears team (elbeit one that, after starting 7-1, finished the season 3-5 and missed out on the playoffs).
In not-so-shocking-but-still-quite-spectacular news, the 14-season Andy Reid dictatorship has ended. We looked into some possibilities of ‘Life After Andy’ some time ago, and it shouldn’t be long before a replacement is named. Here’s to much needed change in the city of brotherly love.
These are just a few of the moves made today. There’s quite a lot to keep track of today and moving forward, but that’s what we (and CBSSports.com) are here for. Here’s a list of the coaches and general managers who’ve been moved from the hot seat to the dumpster, and others who are still in bubbling hot water. We’ll update this as more are announced.
|Phialdelphia Eagles||Andy Reid||Head Coach||Fired||CBS Sports, NBC 10 Philly|
|San Diego Chargers||Norv Turner||Head Coach||Fired||CBS Sports|
|San Diego Chargers||A.J. Smith||General Manager||Fired||CBS Sports|
|Cleveland Browns||Pat Shurmur||Head Coach||Fired||Cleveland Plain Dealer|
|Cleveland Browns||Tom Heckert||General Manager||Fired||Cleveland Plain Dealer|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Romeo Crennel||Head Coach||Fired||CBS Sports|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Scott Pioli||General Manager||Fired after Reid hiring||ESPN|
|Arizona Cardinals||Ken Wisenhunt||Head Coach||Fired||CBS Sports|
|Arizona Cardinals||Rod Graves||General Manager||Fired||CBS Sports|
|New York Jets||Rex Ryan||Head Coach||Safe!||NY Daily News|
|New York Jets||Mike Tannenbaum||General Manager||Fired||NY Daily News|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Mike Mularkey||Head Coach||Safe! (for now)||CBS Sports|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Gene Smith||General Manager||Fired||NFL.com|
|Carolina Panthers||Ron Rivera||Head Coach||Still on the hot seat|
|Carolina Panthers||Marty Hurney||General Manager||Fired||CBS Sports|
|Chicago Bears||Lovie Smith||Head Coach||Fired||Chicago Tribune|
|Buffalo Bills||Chan Gailey||Head Coach||Fired||CBS Sports|
|Buffalo Bills||Buddy Nix||General Manager||TBD||Buffalo Rumblings|
|Tennessee Titans||Mike Munchak||Head Coach||Safe!||CBS Sports|
|Tennessee Titans||Ruston Webster||General Manager||Safe!||Yahoo! Sports|