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Seven NFL coaches get the chop on the same day

It’s unprecedented.

Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel.
Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel.
Image: Ed Zurga/AP/Press Association Images

AFTER THE NFL regular season ended, an amazing seven coaches were fired while five general managers also lost their jobs on Monday.

The day – known as ‘Black Monday’ by the media – often sees sides make decisions on their staff after failing to make the post-season.

But so many changes on the one day is unprecedented, with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs all getting rid of their coaches.

For Philadelphia, the decision brought about an end to Andy Reid’s 14-year stint in charge of the club.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie had heaped the pressure on Reid at the start of the season, declaring that they needed to win more than half of their matches in 2012 for him to keep his job.

And with Philadelphia winning just four times, Reid’s departure was far from a surprise.

Lovie Smith had been the coach of the Chicago Bears for nine years, but despite finishing the season with a 10-6 win-loss record, he was also fired.

Norv Turner and Ken Whisenhunt were sacked from San Diego and Arizona respectively after six years each in the position, while Cleveland’s Pat Shurmur, Buffalo’s Chan Gailey and Kansas City’s Romeo Crennel also lost their jobs.

Among the general managers to get fired were Cleveland’s Tom Heckert, Mike Tannenbaum of the New York Jets and Arizona’s Rod Graves.

All the movement on the one day was surprising but struggling franchises are battling with one another to attract the best coaches before their rivals.

University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly is said to be in high demand by several NFL teams.

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