NFL coaching carousel in full swing (UPDATED)

Tim Tebow looms large over the future of two franchises. (AP)

Tim Tebow looms large over the future of two franchises. (AP)

The day after the final day of the NFL regular season is typically referred to as Black Monday. A day in which coaches, general managers and other personnel are relieved of their positions after disappointing years.

Today is Black Monday. And it could be one of the busiest with seven teams potentially making moves at the top.

The first to pull the switch were the Cleveland Browns who dismissed coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert. Shurmur’s replacement will be the Browns’ sixth coach since 1999.

In Jacksonville, the Jaguars fired GM Gene Smith after four seasons. Coach Mike Mularkey, a former Falcons offensive coordinator, could be next. Smith’s replacement will likely be tasked with bringing hometown boy Tim Tebow back to Florida.

And speaking of Tebow …

Jets head coach Rex Ryan publicly pleaded for his job this weekend and it might’ve worked. New York owner Woody Johnson fired Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, apparently for his decision to acquire Tebow from the Denver Broncos last March.

Lovie Smith coached the Bears for nine years (AP).

Lovie Smith coached the Bears for nine years (AP).

The Bears have let go coach Lovie Smith after nine seasons. Chicago became the first team since the 1996 Washington Redskins to miss the playoffs after starting the season 7-1.

In Philadelphia, Andy Reid’s tenure concluded Monday when the Eagles announced they would fire their head coach of 14 seasons.

The Kansas City Chiefs fired head coach Romeo Crennel and are evaluating the future of GM Scott Pioli.

Buffalo dismissed coach Chan Gailey after three losing seasons. Gailey, a native of Gainesville, Ga., formerly coached the Dallas Cowboys and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Bills failed to make the playoffs for a 13th straight year, the NFL’s longest active drought.

San Diego dismissed coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith after failing to make the playoffs for a third straight season.

Arizona’s Ken Whisenhunt, who led the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl in the 2008 season, became the seventh coach fired on Monday. Along with Whisenhunt, general manager Rod Graves also was let go.

One coach on the hot seat keeping his job is Tennessee’s Mike Munchak. Titans’ personnel director Mike Reinfeldt, however, will be replaced.

Larger speculation is on who will fill all the vacancies, the biggest name being thrown about is Jon Gruden, who has apparent indicated an interest in interviewing for some head coaching jobs.

Among the assistants getting a view from teams is Falcons’ offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who will interview with the Kansas City Chiefs this week.

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Kurtis

December 31st, 2012
10:19 am

MIke Smith may be next if he can’t get the Falcons to perform better than they did yesterday. If they flop in the playoffs, it’s all on him.

howard

December 31st, 2012
10:28 am

And who’s to feel sorry for these overpaid NFL coaches that get “fired?” Many Americans in today’s economy would love to be fired with millions owed them…and another potential sucker NFL team out there waiting to sign them up for another “try” at coaching!! The NFL coaching carousel is a “good old boys” club where failures seem to be only resume enhancers!! For instance, how many times will that perennial loser Norv Turner be given a head coaching job?? And how in the blue hell is Woody Johnson going to keep Rex Ryan another year? If he does, maybe the Jets can switch their home games to Downing Stadium which holds about 22,000—that should handle the Jets crowds next season.

ggp

December 31st, 2012
10:34 am

How does Norv Turner do it? Seriously, how does someone perform so poorly and still survive. Norv is a coordinator and nothing more.

Esquire

December 31st, 2012
10:42 am

Kurtis
December 31st, 2012
10:19 am

MIke Smith may be next if he can’t get the Falcons to perform better than they did yesterday. If they flop in the playoffs, it’s all on him.

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Stupid post of the day award winner. Smith anin’t going nowhere. Your nuts if you think we got the Falcons “A” game yesterday.

lanier

December 31st, 2012
10:42 am

dont know about Smith but they need to take a look at getting a QB who doesnt melt in the big games

JB

December 31st, 2012
10:45 am

don’t see the Falcons going far in the playoffs. They have too many missing parts to win it all. A pretty good team, but not that good. The weaknesses will show up greatly in the playoffs. They are 6-8 players away, especially on defense.

David

December 31st, 2012
10:49 am

Yeah, Smith is getting fired. That makes sense. Matt Ryan is the best QB we’ve ever had. We’ve got a winning formula no matter what happens in two weeks.

Michael Turner needs to go… he’s done a great job over the years, but his time is up. Time to move on and get another back.

Big ol...

December 31st, 2012
10:53 am

…belly flop by the Birds – no heart, no coaching, no leadership, no nothin’ that championship teams have, like Denver and New England – might as well give the Championship Trophy to whichever one of them wins their conference and save the NFC the embarrassment of the title game…

David Puddy

December 31st, 2012
10:54 am

“How does Norv Turner do it? Seriously, how does someone perform so poorly and still survive. Norv is a coordinator and nothing more.”

SD very nice place to live and nobody really cares one way or the other.

David Puddy

December 31st, 2012
10:57 am

“………that championship teams have, like Denver and New England …..”

That’s why there are only a few teams that have the overall mix of talent/leadership to fall into the category that you mentioned. We are in the same boat as 25 or more NFL teams. The Falcons looked anemic yesterday and one can only hope that it’s due to just not having to win that game.

Kurtis

December 31st, 2012
10:57 am

Esquire — To start with, careful with the word stupid just because you disagree…..next, if you think we can go one and done AGAIN and if not fall at Smith’s feet, you’re sadly mistaken. I just don’t understand not trying to win the game (which is understandable because it meant ZERO, other than maybe some positive momentum), but still leaving ALL your starters out there and riskiing injury (see Abe and Dunta). If he was playing to win (his words, not mine) then blow the doors off of the Yucks for a half, keep that mo’, and play the reserves in the second half.

If his fate were in my hands, I’d have called him on the carpet about 7 or 8 games ago and reprimanded him for his hardheadedness concerning Michael Turner. But that’s a whole other issue.

Remarkable

December 31st, 2012
10:58 am

The Falcon’s excel at the short game. Yesterday, Matt Ryan passed up clear open receivers coming across the middle to go to guys who were obviously double covered. Sure, the pass wasn’t intercepted but it wasn’t completed either. When Matt came to the Falcons, it was the shot pass that no one could defend against. We have incredible receivers who make yards after the catch, we just need to get them the ball.
Michael Turner can’t “go” this season. Stop making calls that are meaningless now. We have the team we will either win with or loose with. Turner can and will play, probably in short yardage situations near the goal line. He is usually ok if he hits the hole. His problem is when he tries to go laterally.
Smith seems to be a great coach. The Falcons are capable of winning it all because of him. Yes, we need a couple of pieces, but that can be said of every team. It’s why we play the games.

Tiny Tim Tebow

December 31st, 2012
11:00 am

Rex Ryan pleading for his job? Another profile in courage from someone who talks an awful lot but accomplishes very little. Way to man up Rexie!

Just Asking?

December 31st, 2012
11:05 am

Hey, is anyone gong to look at Nick Saban for a head coach in the NFL? I haven’t heard him deny that he’s interested. Just Asking?

Braves #17 Fan

December 31st, 2012
11:06 am

In the two weeks leading up to the game against the Seahawks, Vikings, or Redskins, can the Falcons make the necessary adjustments to become a truly great team. I believe we have most of the weapons.

Just Asking?

December 31st, 2012
11:10 am

Sure we can. The question is will we? Who do you think we will be playing? They all have great weapons.

Big D

December 31st, 2012
11:19 am

The Falcons have the best recrod in the NFL, period. They lost a meaningless game yesterday. Most us us can remember when all Falcon games were meaningless ten weeks into the season because we were already out of the playoff picture. If they never win a playoff game the present regime is far surperior to what we have had in the past and better than most others in either league. Only three losses. I’ll take that every year.

Braves #17 Fan

December 31st, 2012
11:19 am

I hear you. In a funny kind of way, I’d almost be content if we passed the “can’t win a playoff game” hurdle, and just beat the first team we play, which will be the Seahawks, Vikings, or Redskins.

DollarDawg43

December 31st, 2012
11:23 am

Yeah, Mike Smith is on the hot seat. He will DEFINITELY be fired if we lose early in the playoffs again. He is:

A major reason the Falcons are finally competitive and respectable
Not Bobby Petrino
A cool 56-24 (.700 winning percentage) in five seasons
A coach that would have never put up with Michael Vick and his lack of knowledge relative to the playbook
Not Jim Mora, Jr.

Yeah, we’re gonna fire this guy. Heck, we should even hire some of the Monday morning “experts” who know so much about the game at this level and we’d be undefeated every year.

For the common sense impaired (and you know who you are): Yes, this is sarcasm.

Just Asking?

December 31st, 2012
11:26 am

I like being the fans who now expect more out of our team and not just glad we didn’t loose as many games this year as we did in the past. It wasn’t a meaningless game when you keep your starters in the whole time. That says something, what that is I’m just not sure? I’ll take the three loses every year too, as long as it’s not always the last one.

the Hill boys

December 31st, 2012
11:29 am

The Falcons played the weakest schedule in the NFL. Soon we’ll know if they can perform in a game that means something. Must be a GA thing

Remarkable

December 31st, 2012
11:32 am

Go back to the hills. They may be filming another Deliverance movie.

GimmeAbreak

December 31st, 2012
11:33 am

It seems to me that the Falcons pay no attention at all to a running game. Since they have none at all they can’t practice it, as shown by their lack of a ground game as well as their inability to stop anyone else’s ground game.
Of course they will be a home team 1-and-done again. Playoff teams, save the Falcons, ARE NOT 1-dimentional! Such a shame to have all that passing ability but just can’t do it when the big boys play.

Paddy

December 31st, 2012
11:34 am

Kurtis……you must have to have first, watched a NFL football game, before commenting on the subject. What a Maroon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CC

December 31st, 2012
11:39 am

Tebow will never be a starting QB in the NFL.

the Hill boys

December 31st, 2012
11:40 am

Remarkable, I believe that was filmed in Ga too. I guess you would know that though :)

Braves #17 Fan

December 31st, 2012
11:42 am

Falcons fans need to be careful not to react to the national sports media’s view of the Falcons. There were some good points made regarding Mike Smith and his win-loss record with the Falcons. He ranks second among active coaches, behind Jim Harbaugh (49ers). Go here and sort by Winning Percentage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_National_Football_League_head_coaches. Notice the top five teams are all in the playoffs.

So there you go. We’ve resolved the task of “get a good coach” and can check that one off the list. Let’s focus our attention elsewhere.

Disgusted

December 31st, 2012
11:43 am

Mike Smith is staying around for a while — playoff losses or not, he has persided over the very best stretch of ATL Falcons football in their history.

The 8 Super Bowl was one 5 HR energy drink and immediate slumber after it.

The Mike Smith era has given us 5 solid yrs of real NFL football (the only sustained success we have ever had).

Disgusted

December 31st, 2012
11:44 am

I meant the 98 SB — typo.

SavDawg

December 31st, 2012
11:47 am

Why too much talk about our skill people. When we lose it’s because we get beat on the LOS. Both sides of the ball.
Will we ever adress this situation? Our needs in draft needs to focus here. Out side of TE and RB all our picks need to be on LOS!!!!!!

Ned Beatty

December 31st, 2012
11:51 am

“I believe that was filmed in Ga too. I guess you would know that though”

Of course it was. It required electricity and other modern day wonders. The production company was unable to film it in your home state-although they did a remarkable job of luring your friends and relatives over to play the parts of the toothless. Probably paid them with a jar of pickled pigs feet.

the Hill boys

December 31st, 2012
11:56 am

but if i recall, you played a defining role.

Braves #17 Fan

December 31st, 2012
12:04 pm

All right you two, break it up, break it up.

spider

December 31st, 2012
12:06 pm

im in san diego and the big rumor here is thay ANDY REID will be the next charger coach. of course this is just a rumor now but many of the news media think its a good bet.

Braves #17 Fan

December 31st, 2012
12:10 pm

Wow. Lovie Smith got the ax.

True ATL Fan

December 31st, 2012
12:16 pm

Man the level of intelligence of some Falcons “fans” is beyond anemic. The short passing game?? The birds belly-flopped?? Anybody that knows anything about the NFL knows that we played the most vanilla game possible while giving reps to our starters. This game was just like the Carolina game geniuses and what happened when we came out next week against a team that really mattered? We put up 34 pts. and gave up 0 to the beloved Giants. You limit what you put on game footage to get a competitive advantage. We didnt need to play anywhere near our best ball but Denver, NE, Hou, Minn, GB, Was, and Seattle all had to. Our boys will be ready for GB/Sea in the 2nd round. Some of you worrisome “fans” that just started watching this team a few years ago are the worst.

This Just In.......

December 31st, 2012
12:18 pm

Somebody, anybody tell me the Lovie Smith firing is merely a sad typo. How the hell do you win 10 games, and come so close to making the playoffs(Minn win eliminated the Bears) and get fired. This is a coach that has had this team in the playoffs a few times, a Super Bowl once and he’s fired after a 10-6 season ! Wow never been one to quickly scream signs of racism, but how do you defend against this debacle of a firing. I mean Norv Turner, Chan Gailey, Romeo Crennel, these guys didn’t win, but Lovie Smith losing his job today is a shame and I’ll never respect the Bears again.

True ATL Fan

December 31st, 2012
12:21 pm

That should’ve read…they’ll be ready for Was/Sea/Minn in the 2nd rd.

AtlSteve

December 31st, 2012
12:29 pm

I can’t believe Rex Ryan held onto his job.
They fired GM Mike Tannenbaum, apparently for his decision to acquire quarterback Tebow???
Sanchez ends the year with 13 TD’s to 18 Int’s and a QB rating on 66.9, but somehow it’s Tannebaum’s fault for bringing in Tebow?!

True ATL Fan

December 31st, 2012
12:31 pm

And dude, please don’t start playing the racist card. Lovie coached the Bears for damn near 10 years but was fired by racist motives…talk about an oxymoron. Or just a moron??

BRW

December 31st, 2012
12:38 pm

Kurtis, I’ll say it. You’re an idiot.
That being said, as soon as Mr. Blank completes the sale of the team to you, you’ll have a say in the matter.
Otherwise, just keep on whining, because that’s all you got.

Grit Blitz (mrbeas)

December 31st, 2012
12:39 pm

Coach Smith good game Sunday everybody got in a good body of work, the game was a high tempo practice preparing for the playoff. I like the way Coach Smith keeps his hand close & not give away his playbook for the playoff.

AtlSteve

December 31st, 2012
12:40 pm

Lovie Smith firing…how do you defend against this debacle of a firing. I mean Norv Turner, Chan Gailey, Romeo Crennel

None of them were in Chicago, where they finished 3rd in their division after starting the year 7-1.

Braves #17 Fan

December 31st, 2012
12:40 pm

I just hope other needy teams don’t tap into our front office or coaching talent.

This Just In.......

December 31st, 2012
12:44 pm

Falcons going forward, If you are to win at the highest level here’s your position changes you need next year: Find a DE, replace Michael Turner or force him to come into camp 20 pounds lighter and in the best shape since his rookie season. Find a SHUT DOWN OT, and sign a ILB with bad intentions.

Mike "coach killer and the dynasty" Vick

December 31st, 2012
12:44 pm

Hey, I’m looking for another coach that will invest his job in me. Mora and Reid fell vicktem. Next.

This Just In.......

December 31st, 2012
12:53 pm

TrueATL fan….. What is so moronic about this? 9 years, four playoff appearances and a SuperBowl appearance and the oxymoron part? Didn’t “Jimmy The Greek” work at CBS for over twenty years and get fired because of racist comments? It happens True ATL Fan

Go Trojans!

December 31st, 2012
12:56 pm

All of these coaches will have jobs in less than 2 months. They will be coordinators or position coaches.

Raheem Morris is the defensive backs coach in Washington as only one example.

This Just In.......

December 31st, 2012
1:08 pm

Mike”coach killer and the dynasty” Vick, Mora getting fired had nothing to do with Vick you moron, Do you remember the “Little Radio/T.V interview about him wanting to coach U of Wash? Oh and this Andy Reid thing wasn’t about Mike Vick. Andy has more personal problems than any coach you ever seen in the public eye. Imean was it Vicks fault his son was and addict? Was it Vicks fault that both his sons had drug addictions? Was it Vicks fault that his son committed suicide? Yeah Blame Mike Vick for being the killer in Philly. Bad defense, overpaid players, no big time receivers, a coach that was your defensive coordinator that was a High school D Coordinator before he got the job. Yeah Philly fan blame Vick, lets see how Philly looks next year, and lets realize Andy Reid was over due as a coach in Philly.

dagnabit

December 31st, 2012
1:10 pm

I see that Chan was given his walking papers today. How about bringing that Smith kid back to Tech?