The axe continues to fall today as two more head coaches and the general managers of NFL teams are officially terminated.
The Arizona Cardinals have fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves. Whisenhunt has been the head coach of the Cardinals since 2007 and in his second year lead the Cardinals to the doorstep of a Super Bowl.
However, his reign as coach dropped since then and finished with a 45-51 record. Graves has been with the Cardinals as GM since 1997 and previous to that spent 13 years with the Chicago Bears where he was last as Director of Player Personnel.
The San Diego Chargers made a not so surprise announcement when they officially fired head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith. Turner has been with the Chargers since 2007 and finished with a 55-40 record.
Turner’s release comes as no surprise and fans have been calling for it for several seasons now. While he has served as head coach for the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders, he has also been an offensive coordinator for the Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and San Francisco 49ers.
A.J. Smith has been with the Chargers as GM since 2003 and while and is known for making some questionable, hard nose decisions. The most notable was his allowing New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees leave in free agency after he tore the labrum in his right shoulder.