December 31, 2012
It is well known that the last day of the NFL regular season is a line of demarcation. It is the day on which coaches and executives that have been rumored to be “on the block” find pink slips on their mail and phone calls to see the owner on their message machines. For a few NFL personnel, this process was swift, but others won’t find out their fate for another few weeks.
So far, the Philadelphia Eagles fired head coach Andy Reid. Reid was the longest tenured coach in the four major sports at 14 years running. He led the Eagles to multiple NFC Championship games, to the 2005 Super Bowl, but could not bring home the elusive Lombardi Trophy, thus bringing Philadelphia their first Super Bowl ever.
Romeo Crennel, the most recent Kansas City Chiefs head coach was fired yesterday. Crennel led the Chiefs to an abysmal 2-14 record, the worst in the NFL. The team’s 2012 season was marred by the tragedy of Javon Belcher, the ineffectiveness of their defense, and the constant changing of the guard between Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn at the QB position. Crennel has a 28-55 record as a head coach in the NFL, for both the Browns and the Chiefs.
Browns General Manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmer were fired. The Browns were awful this season sporting rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. The team’s rookie running back Trent Richardson was the Brown’s only saving grace, proving that he is the team’s running back of the future. This was Shurmer’s first season as the Brown’s head coach.
The Jets have fired GM Mike Tannenbaum but retain head coach Rex Ryan. Tannenbaum’s recent moves such as trading for Tim Tebow and making Mark Sanchez the QB of the future backfired, making Tannenbaum a prime candidate for a pink slip.
Jacksonville General Manager Gene Smith. The Jags tied for the worst record in the league at 2-14 this season. It was the worst record in franchise history, but came as little surprise to most NFL fans. The Jags were marred by injuries and an ineffective roster this season, with few bright spots for the future.
As has been previously reported, the Chargers have fired head coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith. Turner wishes to find an offensive coordinator’s job after coaching talented teams in San Diego to unsatisfactory results.