NFL firings: Tracking the moves
Teams that missed the NFL playoffs are wasting no time getting started on their rebuilding. A busy Black Monday saw seven coaches and five GMs out the door. And Tuesday brought more moves. Here’s the latest:
One day after firing head coach Chan Gailey, the Buffalo Bills have decided to keep the general manager who hired him.
A source confirmed to FOXSports.com that Buddy Nix will be retained despite the team’s 6-10 record in 2012. However, FOXSports.com has learned Bills executive Russ Brandon will be receiving a promotion that shall be announced at a Tuesday afternoon news conference. Full story.
A third straight season out of the playoffs has convinced San Diego Chargers president Dean Spanos to change direction. The team announced the firings of head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith following a 7-9 season. It was the third straight season the Chargers’ win total declined. Full story.
Three seasons without a playoff appearance was too long for Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves. As first reported by ESPN, Whisenhunt and Graves were fired after a 5-11 season marked by only one victory in the final 12 contests. The dismissal marks the end of Whisenhunt’s six-year tenure that included the only Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, during the 2008 season. Full story.
After nine seasons, the Chicago Bears have parted ways with head coach Lovie Smith. As first reported by NFL Network, Smith was fired by general manager Phil Emery.
Despite posting a 10-6 record, the Bears failed to reach the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons. Smith was 84-66 overall during his time in Chicago and led the team to a Super Bowl. Smith, though, wasn’t hired by Emery, who became the team’s general manager last year after the firing of Jerry Angelo. Full story.
Following a season of on-field failures and off-field tragedy, the Kansas City Chiefs have parted ways with head coach Romeo Crennel. The team announced Crennel was fired after a 2-14 season that will have the Chiefs picking first in the NFL Draft.
In a team-released statement, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said "no final determination" has been made on the status of general manager Scott Pioli. Full story.
The failure to break the NFL’s longest playoff drought, 13 seasons, cost Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey his job. As first reported by the Buffalo News, Gailey was fired following the completion of a 6-10 season. General manager Buddy Nix, who hired Gailey to replace Dick Jauron in January 2010, could be the next member of the team fired. Full story.
No head coach in Philadelphia Eagles history has enjoyed more success than Andy Reid. But Reid’s failure to win a Super Bowl and a 4-12 record in 2012 led to his ouster. Reid’s firing after 14 seasons as head coach was announced on the team’s web site. Full story.
Rex Ryan will return as New York Jets head coach, but he will be reporting to a new boss. The Jets announced that general manager Mike Tannenbaum was fired following a 6-10 season mired in controversy. Full story.
The Cleveland Browns fired coach Pat Shurmur following a 5-11 season. General manager Tom Heckert Jr. also was told he is being fired. The futures of Shurmur and Heckert came into question as soon as Jimmy Haslam purchased the Browns from Randy Lerner during the preseason. Full story.
Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith was dismissed following a 2-14 season that was the worst in the franchise’s 18-year history. Smith was promoted from a role in Jacksonville’s front office to general manager in January 2009. The future of head coach Mike Mularkey appears to rest with whomever is hired to replace Smith. Full story.