1:30 PM: Cardinals fire coach Whisenhunt, GM Graves
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have fired coach Ken Whisenhunt after six seasons that included the long-suffering franchise’s only Super Bowl appearance.
The team also ousted general manager Rod Graves, who had been with the franchise for 16 years. He’d been general manager since 2007.
The housecleaning by Cardinals President Michael Bidwill, son of team owner Bill Bidwill, followed a season that saw the team start 4-0 but lose 11 of its last 12 to finish 5-11.
The 50-year-old Whisenhunt had more wins than any other coach in Cardinals history, going 45-51, 4-2 in the playoffs. He had a year worth about $5.5 million left on his contract.
Of the team’s three winning seasons the past 28 years, two came with Whisenhunt as coach.
1:14 PM: Chargers fire coach Norv Turner, GM A.J. Smith
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers have fired general manager A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner after missing the playoffs for the third straight season.
Coming after a season of stunning come-from-ahead losses and increasing fan anger, the firings complete a startling fall for a team that won the AFC West from 2006-09.
The Chargers are the third team to fire Turner, who has an overall head coaching record of 114-122-1.
Despite having what was perceived as one of the NFL’s most-talented rosters for several seasons, Smith and Turner never got the Chargers to the Super Bowl.
11:02 AM: Bears fire Lovie Smith
Missing the playoffs for the second straight year has cost Bears coach Lovie Smith his job.
The Bears have fired Smith this morning, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The move comes a day after the team finished its second consecutive season out of the playoffs.
Although the Bears won their final two games to finish 10-6 and remain until playoff contention until Sunday afternoon, the Vikings beating the Packers to take the final wild card spot sealed Smith’s fate.
For more on this story visit: Michael David-Smith, NBC Sports Pro Football Talk
11:01 AM: GAILEY RELIEVED OF DUTIES AS HEAD COACH
ORCHARD PARK, NY – The Buffalo Bills today are announcing that Chan Gailey has been relieved of his duties as the team’s head coach.
Source: Buffalo Bills Media
10:08 AM: Andy Reid Is Officially Out As Eagles Coach
Andy Reid has been fired after 14 years as the team’s head coach. The team released a statement announcing Reid’s firing ahead of a press conference with owner Jeffrey Lurie that is scheduled for noon E.T. on Monday.
“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,” Lurie said in the statement. “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.”
For more on this story visit: Josh Alper, NBC Sports Pro Football Talk
9:24 AM: Chiefs fire Romeo Crennel
As expected, the Kansas City Chiefs are firing head coach Romeo Crennel but not firing General Manager Scott Pioli today.
We noted on Sunday that the talk in league circles was that Crennel was gone but Pioli was not, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday morning that that’s exactly the situation in Kansas City: The Chiefs will announce today that Crennel is out, but they won’t fire Pioli, at least not yet.
For more on this story visit: Michael David Smith, NBC Sports Pro Football Talk
9:13 AM: New York Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum Fired
Statement from New York Jets Chairman & CEO Woody Johnson
Our 2012 season was a disappointment to all of us. My goal every year as owner is to build a team that wins consistently. This year, we failed to achieve that goal.
This morning, I informed Mike Tannenbaum that he will not return for the 2013 season. Mike devoted 15 years of service to the Jets, and I want to thank him for his hard work and dedication. 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.
Starting immediately, we will conduct a search for a new General Manager. I’ve consulted with a number of football executives and I have also engaged the services of Korn/Ferry International, the same search firm that conducted the NFL Commissioner search in 2006. Our process with Korn/Ferry will be led by Jed Hughes, who heads their sports practice and who previously led the General Manager search for the Seattle Seahawks, among others. When we have updates on this process, we will provide them to our fans and the media.
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.
Like all Jets fans, I am disappointed with this year’s results. However, I am confident that this change will best position our team for greater success going forward.
Source: New York Jets Media
9:09 AM: Pat Shurmur Fired By Cleveland Browns
8:14 AM: JAGUARS PARTING WAYS WITH GENERAL MANAGER GENE SMITH
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 31, 2012 – Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, today announced that the team is parting ways with general manager Gene Smith.
Khan will immediately begin his search for the new general manager of the Jaguars. There is no timetable on naming a replacement and Khan will not have comment on the process until the new general manager is introduced.
The Jaguars will honor the remaining two years on Smith’s contract.
“I met with Gene Smith this morning to inform him of my decision to go in a new direction and thank him for his dedication to the Jaguars since the inception of the franchise,” Khan said. “I am personally appreciative for his efforts during my first season of ownership in the NFL. Gene is a good man with a long career ahead of him in football, and I know this season was as difficult for him as anyone with our organization. I sincerely wish Gene and his family the very best, today and always.
“Now it is time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to begin a new chapter. 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.
“Our organization’s business unit had an extremely impressive year and I anticipate even better days ahead in 2013 and beyond, but we all understand this is a football business above all else. With that, I’m determined to find the right man to lead our football operations, someone who shares my vision, understands the commitment we will demand, and is qualified and ready to seize this opportunity. That search begins today.”
Source: Jacksonville Jaguars Media