NFL Black Monday: Chicago's Lovie Smith among seven coaches fired

NFL Black Monday: Chicago's Lovie Smith among seven coaches fired

San Francisco : CA : USA | Dec 31, 2012 at 3:07 PM PST
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Chan Gailey, head coach of the Buffalo Bills, talks to Steve Johnson on the sidelines against the Chicago Bears

The US unemployment rate climbed a bit on Monday with the firing of seven NFL coaches, including the Chicago Bears' Lovie Smith with respectable 10-6 season record.

Chicago started the 2012 season with 7-1 but limped down the stretch and ultimately missed the NFL playoffs. That could be the reason why Smith was fired in Chicago despite posting 81-63 record in leading the team to an NFC championship and Super Bowl appearance in nine seasons.

But the firing of underachieving NFL head coaches is expected on the Monday after an awful season ends.

Philadelphia Eagles' Andy Reid, Buffalo Bills' Chan Gailey and Cleveland Browns' Pat Shurmur were all fired, along with Kansas City Chiefs' Romeo Crennel, San Diego Chargers' Norv Turner and Arizona Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt, bringing to seven the number of NFL teams with head-coaching vacancies.

The Cleveland Browns were expected to clean house Monday, letting go of both Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert. The team closed out the season Sunday with a 24-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports tweeted, "Black Monday begins. The Cleveland Browns have just fired HC Pat Shurmur"

Cleveland started this season 0-5, with rookies on offense lead by quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson. The Browns actually engineered a three-game winning streak late in the year and finished 5-11 record.

The news was quickly followed by Buffalo Bills 6-10, confirming they had sacked Chan Gailey after winning just 16 games in three seasons as head coach.

Philadelphia Eagles announced on Monday morning that the 14-year head coaching tenure of Andy Reid has ended. Reid joined the team in 1999 and recorded 140 victories, a franchise record and rank 22nd on the all-time NFL coaching list.

"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,” said team CEO Jeffrey Lurie. "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.”

Elsewhere in midland, Kansas City Chiefs' fired coach Romeo Crennel after finishing league's worst 2-14 season, that also earned the Chiefs the number one pick in 2013 NFL draft. The big question is how to use that first overall pick toward shaping the Chiefs’ rebuilding effort next season.

San Diego Chargers fired both coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith after the team went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

Then Arizona Cardinals capped the Black Monday , also fired coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves. The housecleaning by Cardinals followed a season that saw the team start 4-0 but lose 11 of its last 12 to finish 5-11.

However, New York Jets ended the speculation swirling around that Rex Ryan won't be back next season. But Tim Tebow will surely be gone after the Jets manhandling the quarterback. "Rex Ryan will remain the head coach of our football team. I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team," said Jets owner Woody Johnson on the team's website.

[Related: 2013 NFL Playoff Schedule released]


Now that we are going over the cliff, on the December 31 fiscal deadline, the Congress and President Obama hasn't yet come to some sort of agreement. The tax increases will start to take effect January 1, and it's just sad situation if your one of the seven NFL coaches that are unemployed in 2013.

But the good news is seven new NFL coaches will be hired when the new year comes to the right and deserving person. The problem on some of this NFL franchises and owners are their poor hiring selection strategy especially in coaching position . Take a look of Cleveland Browns who's been in the rebuilding mode in the last 15 years.

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