NEW YORK The New York Jets have fired general manager Mike Tannenbaum and say coach Rex Ryan will be back next season.
The Jets finished 6-10 and were in constant turmoil from the moment they acquired Tim Tebow in a trade before the season.
Jets owner Woody Johnson said in a statement today that “like all Jets fans, I am disappointed with this year’s results.”
Tannenbaum, who signed off on Tebow trade, has two years left on his contract. Tebow was brought in as a backup for Mark Sanchez but was expected to play a key role in certain offensive schemes. It never worked out.
Andy Reid has been fired after 14 seasons coaching the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles made the announcement today. Team owner Jeffrey Lurie says, “it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction.”
Reid is due to make $6 million in 2013 in the final year of his contract. He is the franchise leader in wins (140) and winning percentage (.578) and led the Eagles to six division titles and five NFC championship games. He led them to the Super Bowl in 2004.
Lurie put Reid on notice after last season’s 8-8 record. The Eagles slumped to 4-12 this season forcing Lurie to make the move.
Lurie calls Reid, “someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come.”
Reid inherited a 3-13 team in 1999, drafted Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 overall pick in that year’s draft, and quickly turned the franchise into a title contender.
Browns fire coach, GM
The Browns are changing again.
One day after ending yet another dismal season with a loss in Pittsburgh, Cleveland fired coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert, the first moves in what is expected to be a massive offseason overhaul by new owner Jimmy Haslam.
Shurmur went 9-23 in his two seasons with the Browns, who will embark on yet another offseason of change — the only constant in more than a decade of futility. Cleveland has lost at least 11 games in each of the past five seasons and made the playoffs just once since returning to the NFL as an expansion team in 1999.
The Browns just can’t seem to get it right.
The firings of Shurmur and Heckert signal the start of a renovation by Haslam and CEO Joe Banner, who will immediately begin looking for replacements.
“We felt that these moves were in the best interests of the Cleveland Browns and our future,” Haslam said in a statement. “I enjoyed getting to know Tom and Pat over the past several months, and want to thank them, not just for their contributions to the Browns, but also the insight they were able to provide.”
Already, the list of possible coaches to take over for Shurmur includes some of college football’s top names. Haslam may want to make a big splash and land either Alabama’s Nick Saban or Oregon’s Chip Kelly, who both still have bowl games ahead. Penn State’s Bill O’Brien is also believed to be on the Browns’ short list.
There is also reported interest in several NFL assistants including Indianapolis’ Bruce Arians, New England’s Josh McDaniels, Denver’s Mike McCoy, Washington’s Kyle Shanahan and Cincinnati’s Jay Gruden.
Among the general manager candidates are: Atlanta player personnel director David Caldwell, San Francisco director of player personnel Tom Gamble, Baltimore assistant GM Eric DeCosta and NFL Network analyst and Mike Lombardi, who worked with Banner in Philadelphia and for the Browns when Bill Belichick was Cleveland’s coach.
Jaguars send GM packing
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired general manager Gene Smith on Monday after four disappointing seasons, including the worst year in franchise history.
Coach Mike Mularkey could be next.
Owner Shad Khan is waiting to decide Mularkey’s fate until he hires a new general manager, which could happen this week.
Mularkey failed to make the Jaguars (2-14) better in his first season, setting a team record for losses and dropping eight games by 16 or more points.
Smith was the architect of the roster. He had been with the team since its inception in 1994, working his way up from regional scout to general manager. He became GM since 2009, compiling a 22-42 record while failing to acquire a single player who made the Pro Bowl.