Monday, December 31, 2012
"Black Monday": Who's In and Who's Out as NFL Head Coach
With the 2012 regular season wrapped up Sunday night, the NFL is still making huge headlines on Monday. In what has been dubbed "Black Monday," there have been five head coaches officially fired, three general managers ousted and reports of at least one more coach and GM pair getting the axe.
No longer the longest tenured coach in the NFL, the Eagles have parted ways with Andy Reid. He finishes with a 130-93-1 record, but in the past few seasons has managed to do absolutely nothing with his team. He leaves with a franchise record 10 playoff wins as a head coach, and this is a perfect example of the 'what have you done for me lately' mentality in professional sports.
Former Patriots defensive coordinator and now former Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel has been relieved of his command. He bows out with a 28-55 record, and hopefully he can find another job soon because the top line of his Wikipedia page is just sad.
As a Bills fan, I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this. Chan Gailey has been thrown out of Buffalo, and one can only hope he takes his defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt with him. The Bills were 16-32 under Gailey's guidance, and even though I'm biased, I think all they need is another piece or two, like that defensive coordinator, and they're easily up from a 6-10 season to 8-8 or better.
After missing the playoffs for five of the past six seasons, the Bears have finally cut ties with head coach Lovie Smith. Coaching since 1980, he has been a head coach since 2004 in Chicago, leading them to an NFC Championship in 2006. Its tough to win ballgames when your quarterback is Jay Cutler, but that will no longer be Smith's concern.
The Browns are undergoing a complete overhaul after firing not only head coach Pat Shurmur, but also GM Tom Heckert. Shurmer finished with a 9-23 record in Cleveland, and Heckert never really had a shot either, with the two of them only combining for five years of experience in the Cleveland system.
The Jets also fired their GM, Mike Tannenbaum, but chose to keep the village idiot Rex Ryan. The Jets skidded to a 6-10 season, which seemed like an 0-16 season the way the media portrayed them. Refusing to play Tim Tebow when Mark Sanchez gave up four turnovers? That's just embarrassing. Oh well, its hilarious to watch them fail, anyway.
Finally, sources say that the San Diego Chargers will parts ways with GM A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner, but no official announcement has been made as of yet. In his past three seasons, Turner has gone 24-24 with a turnover differential of -11. Can't win football games that way.
All this news comes just one day after the season concluded, so it is unknown if more moves or firings are on the way, but I don't think we'll be hearing any of it until after the postseason.