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.
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.