Sunday marked the end of the 2012 regular season and when Monday arrived it brought a lot of change and bad news for several coaches and general managers around the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals: Fire Coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves
Buffalo Bills: Fire Coach Chan Gailey after three seasons that went nowhere. The defense and quarterback play never improved. It’s unclear if general manager Buddy Nix will remain.
Chicago Bears: Give us a mild surprise, by firing coach Lovie Smith after three playoff appearances in nine years. General manager Phil Emery took the job last year and will hire his own man.
Cleveland Browns: Announced Monday that coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert both are out. They never had much of a chance once new owner Jimmy Haslam bought the team.
Philadelphia Eagles: Owner Jeffrey Lurie confirmed that head coach Andy Reid is gone after 14 seasons.
San Diego Chargers: Announced both head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith will not return for 2013. Former Green Bay Packers GM Ron Wolf has been brought in as a consultant to help search for the next leadership group.
Kansas City Chiefs: Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt have parted ways with head coach Romeo Crennel. The team said it has not made a final decision about GM Scott Pioli’s status. Hunt will lead the coaching search and then he and the new coach will discuss Pioli’s future. The Atlanta Falcons have granted permission for the Chiefs to interview offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter for their head coach vacancy. The interview will take place on Tuesday (Jan. 01, 2013). Koetter is permitted to interview this week because the Falcons have a first-round bye in the playoffs.
The Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars are still up in the air on the fate of there head coaches.