Black Monday, the National Football League's annual day of firing underperforming coaches, may be over but the fallout has just begun. The day after the regular-season finales this season saw seven coaches getting pink slips, and it looks like teams are far from finished making changes.
Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix was declared safe by the team despite the firing of coach Chan Gailey on Monday. But the franchise said Tuesday that team president Russ Brandon will have full authority on all matters, with Nix reporting to him.
In Carolina, coach Ron Rivera hasn't been fired or confirmed as coming back. Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt told the Associated Press that he will take a bigger role with the team but didn't say whether general manager Scott Pioli will return. The team fired coach Romeo Crennel on Monday after a disappointing 2-14 season.
With so many jobs open, potential candidates are already having to partake in another annual tradition: denying they may be interested in one of the positions. Oregon coach Chip Kelly sidestepped all questions about whether he'd jump to the NFL, saying he remains focused on the Ducks' Fiesta Bowl game against Kansas State Thursday. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders coach and current ESPN announcer Jon Gruden is also deflecting questions about whether he'll return to the sidelines.
Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid is in talks with the Arizona Cardinals, who fired both coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves on Black Monday. A Cardinals spokesman confirmed that the team reached out to Reid and has interviewed defensive coordinator Ray Horton for the position.
Meanwhile, looking to replace Reid, the Eagles will interview all three coordinators from the Atlanta Falcons: offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.
Other coaches fired on Monday include San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner, who was dumped alongside general manager A.J. Smith. The Cleveland Browns also made a clean sweep, firing general manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur. Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith was fired, though general manager Phil Emery remains in place.—Kevin Clark
A version of this article appeared January 2, 2013, on page D6 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Heard On The Field.