Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports
The Black Monday firings have begun.
In addition to Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, whose 14-year tenure with the team officially ended Monday morning, a number of NFL coaches and general managers will be starting the New Year looking for employment after failing to meet ownership's standards this season.
We'll be keeping track of all of this busy Monday's announcements here.
Report: Arizona Cardinals fire coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves
NFL Network is reporting that the Cardinals, who finished 5-11 after a 4-0 start in 2012, have fired Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves, who both led the 2008 team to the first Super Bowl in franchise history.
San Diego Chargers fire coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith
The team finalized what had been speculating for weeks. Turner had been with the team since 2007 and compiled a 59-43 record while Smith had been in his role since 2003.
"I thank A.J. and Norv for the determination and integrity they brought to the Chargers each and every day," team president Dean Spanos said. "Both Norv and A.J. are consummate NFL professionals, and they understand that in this league, the bottom-line is winning. My only goal is the Super Bowl, and that is why I have decided to move in a new direction with both our head coach and general manager positions. I am committed to our great fans, and we will do whatever we possibly can to achieve that goal."
Report: Lovie Smith is out in Chicago
Despite a 10-6 record in 2012 and a nine-season tenure that included three playoff appearances and a trip to the Super Bowl, Lovie Smith has been fired in Chicago, according to an NFL Network report.
Buffalo Bills get rid of head coach Chan Gailey
After three years with the Bills and a 16-32 record, head coach Chan Gailey has been "relieved of his duties as head coach."
Kansas City Chiefs fire head coach Romeo Crennel, remain undetermined on GM Pioli
After a league-worst 2-14 record, the Chiefs have fired Romeo Crennel after one full year on the job.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Romeo, both personally and professionally," Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. "He is an accomplished coach, a man of great character and he helped guide our football team through some extremely challenging circumstances this season. However, I am embarrassed by the poor product we gave our fans this season, and I believe we have no choice but to move the franchise in a different direction. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Chiefs."
Hunt also said that no final determination has been made on the status of general manager Scott Pioli.
Philadelphia Eagles make it official, end Andy Reid's 14-year tenure with team
As reported Sunday, the Eagles formally fired Andy Reid Monday morning. "Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come," owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement on the team's website. "But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Coach Reid leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future."
New York Jets fire general manager Mike Tannenbaum
Owner Woody Johnson didn't waste any time finding a fall guy for the team's disappointing 6-10 season. In a statement, Johnson said, "This morning, I informed Mike Tannenbaum that he will not return for the 2013 season. Mike devoted 15 years of service to the Jets, and I want to thank him for his hard work and dedication. Although he helped guide us to two consecutive AFC Championship games, we are not where we want to be, and a new General Manager will be critical to getting this team back on the right track." Johnson also said that Rex Ryan "will remain the head coach of our football team."
Cleveland Browns fire head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert
TheBrowns have fired the coach after two seasons on the job, in which he posted a 9-23 record. The move was expected after the team changed ownership this season. Shurmur told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer Sunday that he hadn't spoken to new owner Jimmy Haslam in "quite some time." Despite drafting a solid young nucleus that includes running back Trent Richardson and defensive tackle Jabaal Sheard, general manager Tom Heckert is also out.
Gene Smith out as Jacksonville Jaguars general manager
The Jaguars have removed Smith after a franchise worst 2-14 record, according to a team statement. Smith, 48, held the position since 2009. His replacement will be responsible for choosing the second overall pick in the 2013 and also will likely be tasked with the unenviable decision of whether to bring Tim Tebow back to his hometown.