I noted in my Monday morning column today that it’s the worst day of the NFL year: Black Monday, when coaches and executives lose their job.
This Black Monday is even crueler than most.
Before noon, six NFL teams had fired their head coaches: The Bills fired Chan Gailey, the Bears fired Lovie Smith, the Chiefs fired Romeo Crennel, the Browns fired Pat Shurmur and the Eagles fired Andy Reid, and although the Chargers haven’t formally announced that Norv Turner is fired, everyone in San Diego knows that decision has already been made and is just being announced later in the day because the Chargers are on Pacific time.
Four general managers — Cleveland’s Tom Heckert, San Diego’s A.J. Smith, Jacksonville’s Gene Smith and the Jets’ Mike Tannenbaum — are also out.
Coaches who haven’t yet learned their fates include Arizona’s Ken Whisenhunt, Carolina’s Ron Rivera and Jacksonville’s Mike Mularkey.
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