It comes as no surprise that several NFL coaches are relieved of their duties today. “Black Monday” is known as such because major staffing changes are typically made by teams on the Monday following the end of regular season play.
It’s also no surprise that one of the first coaches to go is Andy Reid, whose disappointing fourteenth season with the team ended in a 42-7 loss to the New York Giants. Reid was the longest tenured head coach in the league, but his glory days with the team were in his past. Whilst heading up a 4-12 season, fans have been clamoring for Reid’s exit for weeks.
Also let go today were Chan Gailey, who was tossed by the Buffalo Bills, and Pat Shurmur, who was booted by the Cleveland Browns.
Another coach unable to escape the chopping block was Norv Turner, who was fired by the San Diego Chargers along with the team’s General Manager, A.J. Smith. Turner was expecting the news, telling reporters after Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, “Obviously, we’re going to meet with the team, and I’m sure they’ll start looking for a new coach.”
Still more heads are expected to roll by week’s end. If you were a team owner, who would you be handing a pink slip to?