NFL Rumors: Latest Buzz at the End of the Regular Season

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IDecember 31, 2012

Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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With Black Monday dominating the NFL headlines today, keep it locked right here for all the latest buzz on organizational moves at the end of the 2012 regular season. 

Seven head coaches and five general managers have been fired already, and more could be on the horizon. 

Here is the latest buzz at the end of the regular season.


Buffalo Bills

Head coach Chan Gailey was fired Monday morning (h/t Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News), and now there are rumblings that general manager Buddy Nix could be let go as well. 

Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News wrote the following hours before Gailey was eventually fired: "Rumors were swirling in NFL circles Saturday that the Buffalo Bills would clean house and fire not only head coach Chan Gailey but General Manager Buddy Nix as well."

He went on to say that Nix "had not been given any indication of any change in his job status."

To somewhat confuse this report, on SportsCenter Monday morning, Adam Schefter said Nix was "leaning safe" in terms of staying as Buffalo's GM. 


Oakland Raiders

It appears as though Dennis Allen will hang on to his job as the Oakland Raiders head coach, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Tafur writes, "Oakland looks as though it will retain Dennis Allen."

However, no official word has been made by the team. 


Jacksonville Jaguars

General manager Gene Smith was fired early Monday morning (h/t ESPN), but the fate of head coach Mike Mularkey is undecided. 

Adam Schefter wrote the following regarding Mularkey's future:

The fate of coach Mike Mularkey could turn out to be in the hands of Cardinals director of player personnel Jason Licht or 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble who are the primary candidates for the team's general manager's job, according to sources.

The Jaguars would like to keep Mularkey, but no final decisions will be made until Jacksonville hires a new general manager to replace Smith.

Sounds as though we may not know anything for a while in terms of who will be coaching Jacksonville in 2013. 


Detroit Lions

A decision has yet to be made regarding the future of head coach Jim Schwartz and general manager Martin Mayhew, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Schwartz's job "has been under review by the Ford family that owns the team, according to league sources."

Mortensen listed "the team's image and the coach's management style" as issues owner William Clay Ford and son Bill Ford Jr. currently have. 

As for Mayhew, CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora wrote the following in a Black Monday column: "Several league sources believe the Lions could reshape their front office as well, with longtime exec Martin Mayhew possibly in a different role." 


Carolina Panthers 

Here's a tweet from Bleacher Report's NFL editor Wes O'Donnell who gathered some information by simply watching the NFL Network on Monday:

Well, @nflnetwork running live interview saying Panthers expect to fire #Panthers coach Ron Rivera today. That'd be another surprise

— Wesley O'Donnell (@wesodonnell) December 31, 2012

If Rivera is let go, the Panthers will be looking for a new head coach and a new general manager, as Marty Hurney was fired in October.