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7 NFL coaches let go

2:30 PM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
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UNDATED (AP) - With the regular season ending the day before, the firings came at a furious clip and within a 2 1/2-hour span the following were sacked: Andy Reid in Philadelphia, Lovie Smith in Chicago, Norv Turner in San Diego, Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland, Romeo Crennel in Kansas City and Chan Gailey in Buffalo. 

Though he also had a losing record, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan held onto his job while general manager Mike Tannenbaum was let go. Jacksonville fired its GM, Gene Smith, and coach Mike Mularkey could go soon, too. 

The Chargers, Browns and Cardinals made it a clean sweep. San Diego dismissed GM A.J. Smith along with Turner. Cleveland fired GM Tom Heckert along with Shurmur. Rod Graves was let go as Arizona GM. 

Reid was the longest tenured of the coaches, removed after 14 seasons and a Super Bowl appearance in 2005 - a loss to New England. 

Titans owner Bud Adams is keeping Mike Munchak as his head coach for another year, but fired chief operating officer Mike Reinfeldt after the franchise's second 6-10 season in three years.

The Associated Press

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