Quite a day for NFL sacks.

Seven head coaches and five general managers were fired Monday in a flurry of pink slips that were delivered the day after the regular season ended.

There could be more, but so far the sent-packing scorecard looks like this:

Andy Reid in Philadelphia, Lovie Smith in Chicago and Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona, all coaches who took teams to the Super Bowl, Norv Turner in San Diego, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland, Romeo Crennel in Kansas City and Chan Gailey in Buffalo.

The fired general managers were the New York Jets' Mike Tannenbaum, Jacksonville's Gene Smith, San Diego's A.J. Smith, Cleveland's Tom Heckert and Arizona's Rod Graves.

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

Smith spent nine seasons with the Bears, leading them to the 2007 Super Bowl -- a loss to Indianapolis.

Turner, a Martinez native, has now been fired as coach by three teams, including the Raiders. San Diego won the AFC West from 2006-09 but didn't make the postseason the past three years.

"It's not like today's a surprise," Turner said. "Six weeks ago you all were writing about it and saw it coming, so we've had our chance to get comfortable with it.

"The hardest part for me today was being with the players. I know what they've done."

Turner has one season at $3 million left on his contract.


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"Both Norv and A.J. (Smith) are consummate NFL professionals, and they understand that in this league, the bottom line is winning," Chargers president Dean Spanos said in a statement.

Whisenhunt was fired after six seasons, including taking the Cardinals to a Super Bowl loss to Pittsburgh after the 2008 season. He had more wins than any other coach in Cardinals history, going 45-51, and had one year worth $5.5 million left on his contract. Graves had been with Arizona for 16 years, nine in his current position.

Gailey was dumped after three seasons with the Bills; Shurmur after two with the Browns; and Crennel had one full season with the Chiefs.

Reid took over a 3-13 Eagles team in 1999, drafted Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 overall pick and quickly turned the franchise into a title contender. But the team hasn't won a playoff game since 2008 and after last season's 8-8 finish, owner Jeffrey Lurie said he was looking for improvement this year. Instead, it was even worse. The Eagles finished 4-12.

"When you have a season like that, it's embarrassing. It's personally crushing to me and it's terrible," Lurie said at a news conference. He said he respects Reid and plans to stay friends with him, "but, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction."

Smith and the Bears went 10-6 this season and just missed a playoff spot. But Chicago started 7-1 and has struggled to put together a productive offense throughout Smith's tenure. His record was 81-63 with the Bears, and he took them to one Super Bowl loss and to one NFC Championship game defeat.

Wide receiver/returner Devin Hester was bitter about Smith's firing.

"The media, the false fans, you all got what you all wanted," Hester said as he cleared out his locker. "The majority of you all wanted him out. As players we wanted him in. I guess the fans -- the false fans -- outruled us. He was a great coach, probably one of the best coaches I've ever been around."

"You hope that those guys that obviously were victims of black Monday land on their feet," St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher said. "You've got guys that have been to Super Bowls and won championship games and all of a sudden they've forgot how to coach, I guess."