As the 2012 NFL season was wrapping up yesterday, some teams were happy with their spot in the standings while others were ready for the season to have been over several weeks ago. In one of the roughest NFL seasons ever, we witnessed everything imaginable from the gut-wrenching blown calls from the replacement officials to the deaths of a few of the league’s up-and-coming stars. Upon waking this morning, we received news that over 20 percent of NFL coaches, and even a few general managers, will be looking for new jobs to start the 2013 campaign.
Romeo Crennel of the Kansas City Chiefs was the one guy that pretty well everyone expected to be fired. He took over as interim-head coach during the latter half of last season, and he was only able to put together two wins for the Chiefs during the 2012 season. On a brighter note, he did grab the number-one draft pick for the Chiefs.
Andy Reid of the Eagles was also let go after a disappointing 4-12 season, which saw his squad lose the last three games of the season. Many claim that it was his ‘lack of effort’ that led to his firing.
Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals also said goodbye to his players and staff. His team one just 5 of the 16 games, and his squad finished with the second-lowest number of points scored with 255. Sadly, the first place prize went to the Chiefs with just 211 points for to the Cardinals’ 255. Cardinals’ GM Rod Graves was also released.
Norv Turner became the second AFC-West coach to pack up his belongings. This may have been one of the more surprising firings as the Chargers finished with a 7-9 record, and they won their last two games of the season. The team’s GM, A.J. Smith, also packed his belongings.
Pat Shurmur, the Browns’ head coach, was fired Monday. His squad finished with a 5-11 record, but on an ever worst note, they dropped their last three games. Tom Heckert, GM, was also let go.
Chan Gailey parted ways with the Bills after a 6-10 season. They finished dead-last in the AFC East.
Lovie Smith’s relationship ended with the Bears. Despite his squad winning the last two games, they were ousted by the Vikings due to the Viking’s having one more conference win.
Mike Tannenbaum of the Jets and Gene Smith of the Jaguars were also out of work as of Monday.