Update for “Black Monday”
Here’s complete rundown for “black Monday”. (And it may not be over yet).
The Chargers fired Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith. They had a record of 7-9, which was worse than last year.
The Arizona Cardinals fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves. Their record was 5-11 with only one win in the last 12 games. Whisenhunt coached his team to the Super Bowl in 2008, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Lovie Smith’s nine year tenure with the Chicago Bears is over. The Bears had a winning season, 10-6, but failed to make the playoffs for the 5th time in 6 years. He led them to one Super Bowl, losing to the Indianapolis Colts.
Kansas City released Romeo Crennel after a 2 and 14 season. Management is still undecided about general manager Scott Pioli.
The Buffalo Bills parted ways with coach Chan Gailey after a season of 6-10. The fate of general manager Buddy Nix, who hired Gailey, is still in question.
It was assumed although the latter part of the season that Andy Reid would not be back in Philadelphia. He won’t be. After a season of 4-12, his fate was sealed. He coached the Eagles for 14 years.
The New York Jets decided to retain Rex Ryan, (why???), but released general manager Mike Tannenbaum. Assistant coaches are still awaiting their fate.
After a 5-11 season, the Cleveland Browns parted ways with Pat Shurmur. General manager Tom Heckert Jr. was also told to “pack his bags”.
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired general manager Gene Smith after a 2-14 season. The future of head coach Mike Mularkey rests with the new GM.
Now we have to wait and see who replaces these men, and if there will be more changes in the next few days.