Five NFL Head Coaches, Three GMs Fired on 'Black Monday'

11:34 AM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
After nine seasons with the team, Lovie Smith has reportedly been fired by the Chicago Bears. (Photo: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)
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Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports


  • A handful of coaches and general managers are expected to be fired Monday
  • Andy Reid and Lovie Smith among big name coaches to be fired
  • New York Jets fire general manager Mike Tannenbaum, keep coach Rex Ryan

The Black Monday firings are in full swing.

In addition to Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, whose 14-year tenure with the team officially ended Monday morning, a number of NFL coaches and general managers will be starting the New Year looking for employment after failing to meet ownership's standards this season.

Report: Lovie Smith is out in Chicago

Despite a 10-6 record in 2012 and a nine-season tenure that included three playoff appearances and a trip to the Super Bowl, Lovie Smith has been fired in Chicago, according to an NFL Network report.

Buffalo Bills get rid of head coach Chan Gailey
After three years with the Bills and a 16-32 record, head coach Chan Gailey has been "relieved of his duties as head coach."

Kansas City Chiefs fire head coach Romeo Crennel, remain undetermined on GM Pioli

After a league-worst 2-14 record, the Chiefs have fired Romeo Crennel after one full year on the job.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Romeo, both personally and professionally," Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. "He is an accomplished coach, a man of great character and he helped guide our football team through some extremely challenging circumstances this season. However, I am embarrassed by the poor product we gave our fans this season, and I believe we have no choice but to move the franchise in a different direction. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Chiefs."

Hunt also said that no final determination has been made on the status of general manager Scott Pioli.

Philadelphia Eagles make it official, end Andy Reid's 14-year tenure with team

As reported Sunday, the Eagles formally fired Andy Reid Monday morning.

"Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come," owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement on the team's website. "But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Coach Reid leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future."

New York Jets fire general manager Mike Tannenbaum
Owner Woody Johnson didn't waste any time finding a fall guy for the team's disappointing 6-10 season.

In a statement, Johnson said, "This morning, I informed Mike Tannenbaum that he will not return for the 2013 season. Mike devoted 15 years of service to the Jets, and I want to thank him for his hard work and dedication. Although he helped guide us to two consecutive AFC Championship games, we are not where we want to be, and a new General Manager will be critical to getting this team back on the right track."

Johnson also said that Rex Ryan "will remain the head coach of our football team."

Cleveland Browns fire head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert

The Browns have fired the coach after two seasons on the job, in which he posted a 9-23 record. The move was expected after the team changed ownership this season. Shurmur told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer Sunday that he hadn't spoken to new owner Jimmy Haslam in "quite some time." Despite drafting a solid young nucleus that includes running back Trent Richardson and defensive tackle Jabaal Sheard, general manager Tom Heckert is also out.

Gene Smith out as Jacksonville Jaguars general manager

The Jaguars have removed Smith after a franchise worst 2-14 record, according to a team statement. Smith, 48, held the position since 2009. His replacement will be responsible for choosing the second overall pick in the 2013 and also will likely be tasked with the unenviable decision of whether to bring Tim Tebow back to his hometown. Coach Mike Mularkey's job appears safe for now.

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