Seven NFL Head Coaches Fire As Regular Season Comes To An EndUNDATED (AP) - It took less than 24 hours for the NFL's regular-season to end before seven head coaches, five general managers and one chief operating officer were told their services were no longer needed.
The list includes head coaches Andy Reid of Philadelphia and Chicago's Lovie Smith, each of whom led their teams to Super Bowls and leave with winning records. Reid is the winningest coach in Eagles history, going 140-102 with nine playoff appearances, including a trip to the Super Bowl after the 2004 season. But the team hasn't won a playoff game since 2008 and just capped a 4-12 season with a 42-7 loss to the New York Giants. Smith spent nine years with the Bears and produced an 81-63 record, three division titles and two appearances in the NFC championship game. He led the 2006 Super Bowl and posted a 10-6 record this year, but the team missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years.
San Diego, Arizona and Cleveland completely cleaned house. The Chargers dismissed coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith, the Cardinals sacked field general Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves, and the Browns let go coach Pat Shurmer and general manager Tom Heckert. Other NFL coaching casualties were Romeo Crennel in Kansas City and Chan Gailey in Buffalo.
The New York Jets and Tennessee Titans dumped high-ranking executives and kept their head coaches. General manager Mike Tannenbaum cleared out his Jets office and Titans COO Mike Reinfeldt was asked to leave. Jets coach Rex Ryan and Titans coach Mike Munchak avoided the purge. Also, Jacksonville fired GM Gene Smith, and coach Mike Mularkey could go soon, too.
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