Black Monday in the NFL is the day after the regular season ends, when head coaches and general managers around the league wait to see if they lose their jobs or not. In 2012, the NFL news wire came through with seven NFL head coaches fired, including one head coach who almost made the playoffs this season.
Of all the head coaches that were fired, the best of the group is Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid is not only the most successful head coach in Eagles' history, but also took them to a Super Bowl and had them positioned as a contender every year. However, Philadelphia has fallen over the last two seasons and Reid seems to have lost his team. He will rebound quickly and will be successful with another team very soon.
Norv Turner always had his team on the cusp of greatness, but never seemed to get them over that hump. His quarterback, Philip Rivers, is partially to blame. Rivers has all the talent in the world, but his mental lapses make him a quarterback that will give the new head coach headaches as well.
Lovie Smith only needed the Green Bay Packers to beat the Minnesota Vikings to see his Chicago Bears in the playoffs. However, his nonchalant attitude about losing and his refusal to accept the consequences for his actions have held the Bears down for too long. They collapsed this year, and that was all it took for Smith to see the door.
Ken Wisenhunt took over one of the worst teams in the NFL, and thanks to Kurt Warner, led them to the Super Bowl in his second season. However, injuries and poor quarterback selections have seen the Cardinals drop back to the bottom of the pack once again, and Arizona let him go as well. Wisenhunt should find himself back as a coordinator somewhere very quickly as the NFL news this postseason continues, but his days as a head coach might be over with.
Both Pat Shurmur (Cleveland Browns) and Romeo Crennel (Kansas City Chiefs) took over losing franchises and could never work the miracles their owners needed from them.
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