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    NFL’s ‘Black Monday’

    Andy Reid, Lovie Smith among NFL firings

    Andy Reid lost his final game as Eagles coach 42-7 to the Giants on Sunday.
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    Andy Reid lost his final game as Eagles coach 42-7 to the Giants on Sunday.

    With the NFL regular season over, the day following the season finales turned into an especially bloody “Black Monday” around the league. By early afternoon, seven head coaches and five general managers were fired. Check here for updates from around the league:

    Eagles dismiss Andy Reid

    The Eagles parted ways with the NFL’s longest-tenured head coach in Andy Reid on Monday.

    Reid endured the worst season of his 14-year tenure in Philadelphia this season in a 4-12 campaign that was marked by the death of his son, Garrett, during training camp at a team facility. His final season ended in a 42-7 loss to the Giants on Sunday.


    The Eagles entered the 2011 season as a self-appointed “dream team” that was expected to contend for the playoffs, but then went 12-20 over Reid’s final two seasons.

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    “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,” team owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “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.”

    Reid went 130-93 in his 14 seasons, with nine playoff appearances. His Eagles lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.

    Reid’s departure makes Bill Belichick the NFL’s longest-tenured head coach. He has been in New England since 2000.

    Bears fire Lovie Smith

    Lovie Smith went from riding high above the NFL with a 7-1 record in early November to being out of a job in less than two months.


    The Bears fired Smith on Monday after a late-season freefall that left the Bears on the outside of the playoff field. The Bears won their final two games to finish 10-6, but couldn’t recover from a 1-5 stretch in November and December that doomed their postseason chances.

    Smith had been the Bears’ head coach since 2004 and went 81-63, including a trip to Super Bowl XLI. But the Bears missed the playoffs in five of his final six seasons.

    “It’s going to be a sad day at Halas Hall,” Bears quarterback Jay Cutler told the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday.

    Cardinals can Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves

    A Super Bowl berth in the 2008 season wasn’t enough to prevent a housecleaning in Arizona. The Cardinals fired both head coach Ken Whisenhunt and personnel chief Rod Graves on Monday, one day after closing a 5-11 season.

    Whisenhunt led the Cardinals to their first-ever Super Bowl berth in the 2008 season, but the departure of QB Kurt Warner a year later led to a massive deterioration of his team. Whisenhunt shuffled among myriad starters, including former Patriot Brian Hoyer on Sunday, but never found a quarterback he could win consistently with.


    The Cardinals went 18-30 over the past three seasons after Whisenhunt started his career with a 27-21 record and two playoff berths in his first three seasons.

    Graves had led the Cardinals personnel department since 2003 and helped change a culture of losing in the desert, but his inability to acquire a quarterback to replace Warner helped doom him.

    Chargers fire Norv Turner and A.J. Smith

    The Chargers ended the six-year tenure of head coach Norv Turner on Monday when they dismissed him and general manager A.J. Smith following a 7-9 season.

    Turner got a reprieve last January after his team rallied with four wins in its final five games of an 8-8 season. But he and Smith did not have the same good fortune this year. Their teams, which went a combined 32-16 in Turner’s first three seasons, went 24-24 in the last three years.

    The Chargers seemed poised for a Super Bowl run early in Turner’s tenure, but seemed to fall in clutch situations, including the AFC title game at New England after the 2007 season.

    “Both Norv and A.J. are consummate NFL professionals, and they understand that in this league, the bottom-line is winning,” team president Dean Spanos said. “My only goal is the Super Bowl, and that is why I have decided to move in a new direction.”

    Smith became the Chargers GM in 2003 and oversaw five AFC West championships. He also acquired QB Philip Rivers in a draft-day trade in 2004.

    Romeo Crennel ousted in Kansas City, Scott Pioli’s status uncertain

    Former Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel reached the end of his tenure with the Chiefs. The team dismissed Crennel, but said it had not yet made a decision on the fate of general manager Scott Pioli, another former Bill Belichick disciple.

    “I am embarrassed by the poor product we gave our fans this season, and I believe we have no choice but to move the franchise in a different direction. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Chiefs. The entire football operation will remain under review, and there may be additional changes to come,” owner Clark Hunt said.

    Crennel, 65, went 2-14 with the Chiefs this season, his first full season as the team’s coach after becoming the interim coach following Todd Haley’s dismissal last year.

    The Chiefs have gone 23-41 (an average of fewer than six wins per season) since Pioli arrived prior to the 2009 season.

    Bills fire Chan Gailey as head coach

    Chan Gailey’s three-season stint leading the Bills ended without him ever winning more than six games in one year.

    The Bills fired Gailey Monday with a one-sentence statement, a day after he beat the Jets in the season finale. He finished 6-10 for the second straight year, and went 16-32 in three seasons with Buffalo.

    More change could come in Buffalo, with the fate of GM Buddy Nix still uncertain. Roster turnover is also likely, with the fate of starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick also shaky.

    Jets fire Mike Tannenbaum, will keep Rex Ryan

    There is change coming to the New York Jets, but it won’t involve head coach Rex Ryan. Team owner Woody Johnson dismissed general manager Mike Tannenbaum on Monday, while recommitting himself to Ryan after a 6-10 finish.

    “I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team,” Johnson said of Ryan.

    Tannenbaum, who once worked as an assistant under Bill Belichick when the Patriots coach led the Cleveland Browns in the 1990s, was the architect of the Jets’ roster and had been with the team for 15 years. He had been GM since 2006.

    Said Johnson of Tannenbaum: “Although he helped guide us to two consecutive AFC Championship games, we are not where we want to be, and a new general manager will be critical to getting this team back on the right track.”

    Browns fire coach Pat Shurmur, GM Tom Heckert

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    Pat Shurmur coached his final game for the Browns on Sunday.

    New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is undergoing a housecleaning.

    The team dismissed coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert a day after completing a 5-11 campaign. Both men had deep ties to departed former team president Mike Holmgren, who left after Haslam took control of the team during the regular season.

    Both Shurmur and Heckert were expected to be purged, as Haslam and new team CEO Joe Banner will likely hire their own team to oversee yet another reconstruction of the Browns, who have reached the playoffs just once since re-entering the NFL in 1999.

    “This decision was not an easy one because of my relationship with Tom and Pat and the fact that they are both quality people,” Banner said. “Ultimately our objective is to put together an organization that will be the best at everything we do. On the field, our only goal is trying to win championships.

    Shurmur went 9-23 in two seasons as the Browns’ coach.

    Jaguars dismiss GM Gene Smith

    The Jaguars fired general manager Gene Smith on Monday after four disappointing seasons, including the worst year in franchise history. Coach Mike Mularkey could be next.

    Owner Shad Khan is waiting to decide Mularkey’s fate until he hires a new general manager, which could happen this week. Mularkey failed to make the Jaguars (2-14) better in his first season, setting a team record for losses and dropping eight games by 16 or more points.

    Smith was the architect of the roster. He had been with the team since its inception in 1994, working his way up from regional scout to general manager. He became GM in 2009, compiling a 22-42 record while failing to acquire a single player who made the Pro Bowl.

    ‘‘Now it is time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to begin a new chapter,’’ Khan said in a statement. ‘‘We’re not looking back. I’ve made it clear from Day One that we pledge nothing less than to deliver the first Super Bowl championship to Jacksonville. Our fans have been remarkably loyal over the years, and they were truly outstanding this past season. We simply must do better for our fans.’’

    Khan said the search for a new GM will begin immediately.

    Arizona director of player personnel Jason Licht, San Francisco director of player personnel Tom Gamble and Atlanta director of player personnel David Caldwell have been mentioned as potential replacements.

    Raiders fire assistant coaches

    The Oakland Raiders fired offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and three other assistants a day after finishing their 10th straight season without a playoff berth.

    Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that special teams coordinator Steve Hoffman, offensive line coach Frank Pollack and linebackers coach Johnny Holland also have been fired.

    Allen said it was a difficult decision and he appreciated the contributions the four coaches made this past season.

    After finishing 8-8 the past two seasons, the Raiders went just 4-12 in Allen’s first season as head coach.