Today is the day the axe will fall on numerous NFL coaches and GMs. If it were happening on Christmas Eve, and not New Year’s Eve, these acts would be Dickensian. Actually, that has happened in the NFL- the late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis canned Mike White on December 24th. Let’s take a look at who’s likely to be cut loose and those who will stay.
Not all will be dismissed today, it may take a couple days for some of these moves to be made.
Good as gone
Cleveland Browns GM Tom Heckert, Coach Pat Shurmur: they’re rebuilding yet again on the shores of Lake Erie
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid: we’ve seen this coming all season, so much for the “dream team” bs. according to NFL Network late last night, this one’s already official.
San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner: how has he lasted this long? Talk about a “no talent ass clown.” The S.D. GM could likely get a pink slip too.
Jacksonville Jaguars GM Gene Smith: Blaine Gabbert has blood on his hands for this one, as his suckitude will cost Smith his position, is it a bunch of Mularkey that the coach Mike will be gone too? Maybe not
Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey: how many years in a row have they finished last in the AFC East? Should GM Buddy Nix join him?
Could be fired, but we can’t be certain
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera: has he been given enough time? Was the late season “surge” enough? Maybe not, as the GM was outsourced in October.
K.C. Chiefs Romeo Crennel: the Bill Belichick coaching tree fails once again. Kansas City again proves they are New England Patriots wannabes by also hiring Scott Pioli as GM, but he could be canned as well since he failed to duplicate the success he had in Foxboro. Chiefs have acted as copycats before, remember the ’90s when they desperately tried to emulate the San Francisco 49ers
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith: missed playoffs five of the last six years, has just 3 postseason appearances in nine seasons. What is GM Phil Emery going to do?
Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan: maybe the blame will fall on coach Jason Garrett, or quarterback Tony Romo
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan: probably safe; for now
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