‘Black Monday’ for Many NFL Coaches
Disappointing seasons put these NFL head coaches in the hot seat as “Black Monday,” the day after the last regular season game, came around. Here is the list of coaches fired as of Monday morning (there might be more as the day rolls along).
–The Chargers’ Norv Turner, who went 7-9 in 2012 and 55-40 overall. He also went 3-3 in the playoffs during his tenure with San Diego. He started off by winning the AFC West for three straight seasons, but has finished second — and missed the playoffs — in the past three seasons.
–The Eagles’ Andy Reid 14 season tenure is over. His team went a disappointing 4-12 in 2012. He had an overall record of 129-88-1 in the regular season and 10-9 overall with Philadelphia.
–The Bears’ Lovie Smith, who spent 9 seasons with the team. His firing comes even after Chicago went 10-6 in 2012, although they missed the playoffs. He went a total of 80-63 in the regular season and 3-3 in the playoffs.
–The Chiefs’ Romeo Crennel, who was only in his first full season as head coach of the team. Kansas City was at the bottom of the league with a 2-14 record in 2012.
–The Bills’ Chan Gailey, who was in his third season with the team. With a 6-10 record in 2012, and similarly disappointing records in previous season, his Bills finished last in the AFC East each year he was head coach.
–The Browns’ Pat Shurmur, who was in his second season with the team. He had a 5-11 record in 2012, plus a 9-23 record overall.
–The Cardinals’ Ken Whisenhunt, who went 45-51 in his 6 seasons with the team. Arizona finished last in the NFC West this season.
Along with the head coach’s losing their jobs, many general managers around the league have also been fired. The Jets, Chargers, Chiefs, Browns and Jaguars have let their GM’s go.
The Oakland Raiders fired four assistant coaches while keeping head coach Dennis Allen, with the team going 4-12 in Allen’s first season. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, special teams coordinator Steve Hoffman, offensive line coach frank Pollack and linebackers coach Johnny Holland were all let go.