Three head coaches dumped on Black Monday
By Andrew Both
CARY, North Carolina (Reuters) - There were no surprises when three National Football League head coaches were axed on what has become known as Black Monday, following the league's regular season finale.
Marc Trestman (Chicago Bears), Rex Ryan (New York Jets) and Mike Smith (Atlanta Falcons) were fired after suffering dismal losing seasons, and all three departures had been widely expected.
With Jim Harbaugh (San Francisco 49ers) also leaving the previous day in a widely expected move to take the head coaching job at the University of Michigan, at least four NFL teams will have new head coaches next season.
Trestman lasted only two seasons in Chicago and his position had become increasingly tenuous as the 5-11 Bears toiled to their worst season in a decade amid reports of ineffectual leadership.
One of Trestman's underlings, offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, acknowledged this month being the source of a media report claiming the team had "buyer's remorse" over the signing of quarterback Jay Cutler to a new seven-year $126 million deal.
Kromer was also ditched on Monday along with general manager Phil Emery, who lasted three seasons and eventually paid the price for a series of questionable decisions, most notably the lucrative contract extension for Cutler.
One Bears player, however, believes things can be turned around quickly in Chicago.
"We got all the weapons, we got all the tools," cornerback Tim Jennings told reporters. Continued...