Teams that missed the NFL playoffs are wasting no time getting started on their rebuilding. A busy Black Monday has coaches and GMs out the door. Here's the latest:
After nine seasons, the 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 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 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 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 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 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 coach Mike Mularkey appears to rest with whomever is hired to replace Smith. Full story.