NFL Coaching Carousel: Handy Guide to All Head Coach Firings

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIJanuary 3, 2012

NFL Coaching Carousel: Handy Guide to All Head Coach Firings

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    'Black Monday' has come and gone with a host of NFL coach and executive firings as teams move in a new direction.

    With a bunch of new openings, it's time to review what went down on one of the most significant days on the NFL calendar.

    With all of the different firings across the league, it's certainly convenient to put them all in one slideshow.

    Here are all of the day's big moves.

Tampa Bay Coach Raheem Morris Is Fired

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    After a promising 10-6 season in 2010, the Buccaneers looked to be on the up-and-up with their new head coach Raheem Morris.

    Morris' team didn't prove to be up to the challenge this year, and the team finished 4-12 with an ugly loss to the Falcons in the last game of the season.

    You can be sure that the Buccaneers will look for an experienced head coach who will teach the team how to be mature and win down the stretch.

St. Louis Coach Steve Spagnuolo and GM Billy Devaney Are Fired

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    After another losing season in St. Louis, ownership is fed up with the Rams' management staff and has decided to move in a completely different direction.

    The Rams were 2-14 this season after a 7-9 campaign last year, and the team is slated to pick second overall in April's NFL draft.

    Much-embattled Josh McDaniels hasn't been fired (yet), and he may survive for a second year as the Rams' offensive coordinator.

Buffalo Coordinator George Edwards Is Fired; Dave Wannstedt Promoted

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    Disappointment in Buffalo has come to a head, and ownership has made a very key move by firing defensive coordinator George Edwards.

    Head coach Chan Gailey will have an old buddy as his new defensive coordinator, as Dave Wannstedt assumes the position.

    Wannstedt and Gailey coached together at the University of Pittsburgh—the two are comfortable with one another, and it could spell success for the Bills next year.

Indianapolis Executives Bill and Chris Polian Are Fired

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    Bill Polian has been one of the most vocal executives in the NFL this year, and it may have been his big mouth that eventually got him the boot.

    Polian's first ever draft pick in Indianapolis was Peyton Manning, and a Lombardi trophy later, he leaves the Colts as he found them in the cellar.

    Bill Polian's son Chris, the general manager, was also fired after the disappointing season.

San Diego Coach Norv Turner Is Not Officially Fired but Is Reportedly Close

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    Norv Turner has been one of the most controversial head coaches in the NFL and was always barely good enough to keep his job.

    This season, the Chargers didn't make the playoffs and reports indicate that Turner is close to being fired.

    It will be interesting to see where Turner ends up.

    Look for a number of teams to be interested in the football mastermind as their offensive coordinator.

Jacksonville Requests Interviews with Mike Mularkey, Brian Schottenheimer

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    It's clear that Jacksonville wants an offensive-minded coach, as they've requested interviews with offensive coordinators Brian Schottenheimer (Jets) and Mike Mularkey (Falcons).

    What both Schottenheimer and Mularkey have in common is that they're experienced in working with young quarterbacks—Mark Sanchez and Matt Ryan, respectively.

    Jaguars fans could, quite possibly, take this to mean that the team is committed to either Blaine Gabbert or that the team will draft another quarterback this year.

Miami Interviews Jeff Fisher

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    Jeff Fisher is one of the most experienced coaches on the market right now and a team like the Miami Dolphins would be well-suited to nab him as their head coach.

    The Dolphins' latest head coach, Tony Sparano, had a rather bad end to his tenure when the coach lost his job during the middle of the season.

    Fisher's interview may end up meaning nothing, but it's certainly interesting to talk about.