NEW YORK — Seven coaches and five general managers were fired Monday in a flurry of pink slips that were delivered the day after the regular-season ended.
Andy Reid in Philadelphia, Lovie Smith in Chicago, and Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona —all coaches who took teams to the Super Bowl — Norv Turner in San Diego, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland, Romeo Crennel in Kansas City and Chan Gailey in Buffalo.
Three teams — San Diego, Cleveland, Arizona — made it a clean sweep, saying goodbye to the GM along with the coach. General managers also were fired in Jacksonville and in New York, where Rex Ryan held onto his job coaching the Jets despite a losing record.
Reid was the longest tenured of the coaches, removed after 14 seasons and a Super Bowl appearance in 2005 — a loss to New England.
Smith spent nine seasons with the Bears, leading them to the 2007 Super Bowl — a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Turner has now been fired as a head coach by three teams. San Diego won the AFC West from 2006-09, but didn’t make the postseason the last three years.