*It’s “black Monday” in the NFL, the day after the season’s final game when mass firings take place. This morning, it was announced that Chicago’s Lovie Smith and Kansas City’s Romeo Crennel were among the coaches who received pink slips.
The Bears fired Smith after a 10-6 season, Tribune sources have confirmed. They started 7-1 but fell apart down the stretch, mostly because they couldn’t score.
Since Smith took over in 2004, the Bears have ranked higher than 23rd in offense only once. They have ranked 28th or lower four times.
The Kansas City Chiefs fire Crennel after a 2-14 season marked by blowout losses, fan rebellion and a murder-suicide involving one of his players.
His removal after one full season as head coach comes one day after Kansas City lost 38-3 to the Denver Broncos to match the fewest wins in franchise history.
The Chiefs’ only victories came against New Orleans and Carolina, the latter coming one day after linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend to death and then drove to the team’s practice facility and turned the gun on himself as Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli looked on.
Other “black Monday” firings include Philadelphia’s Andy Reid after 14 seasons, Buffalo’s Chan Gailey and Cleveland’s Pat Shurmur. There are also reports that San Diego are preparing to fire its coach Norv Turner.