Out: Ken Whisenhunt
Comment: Whisenhunt engineered by far the most successful run in franchise history, but it might have been time for a change for everyone involved after a disastrous 2012 season that ended with journeyman Brian Hoyer at quarterback. GM Rod Graves is also out, and the franchise collapsed under the poor talent evaluations at quarterback and across the offensive line.
Candidates: Whether Andy Reid will keep his scheduled interview after already talking extensively to the Chiefs is uncertain. The Cardinals interviewed their defensive coordinator, Ray Horton, twice this week and have requested to interview Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was previously the offensive coordinator under Whisenhunt. Former Bears head coach Lovie Smith is believed to be interested in the Arizona job, and Cardinals executives were planning to fly to Denver to meet with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
Out: Chan Gailey
Comment: Gailey is considered an offensive guru, but along with GM Buddy Nix made a fatal mistake by overreacting to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's hot start in 2011, lavishing him with a massive contract only to see Fitzgerald regress for the next year and a half. The Bills also gave up 435 points after signing DE Mario Williams to a $100 million deal - which led to owner Ralph Wilson promoting Russ Brandon to President and CEO and giving him full authority over the team. GM Buddy Nix kept his job, but his duties are expected to transition to Doug Whaley.
Candidates: Former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt reportedly met with Bills officials Tuesday, and fired Bears head coach Lovie Smith is expected to interview this week. Buffalo is also one of several teams expected to interview Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone are also on the Bills' list of candidates.
Out: Lovie Smith
Comment: A second consecutive late-season collapse led to the end of Smith's nine-year run in Chicago that was highlighted by a Super Bowl run after the 2006 season. Smith is a highly respected defensive mind, but the offense was never able to provide enough of a complementary force under coordinators Mike Martz and Mike Tice in recent seasons. Smith was 80-63 with the Bears.
Candidates: The Bears have reportedly received permission to talk to Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who can't meet with any teams until their teams' playoff runs end. Chicago also plans to interview Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. The Bears were scheduled to meet with New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael on Thursday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer reported the Bears asked to speak to Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis. GM Phil Emery said finances wouldn't be a hurdle, bringing big-ticket names such as Jon Gruden into the rumor mill.
Out: Pat Shurmur
Comment: New owner Jimmy Haslam figured to clean house. President Mike Holmgren had already departed, and GM Tom Heckert was fired along with Shurmur, who went 9-23 in two seasons.
Candidates: The Browns are one of several teams expected to interview Oregon head coach Chip Kelly in the coming days, likely Friday. Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton interviewed on Tuesday, followed by his former head coach, Ken Whisenhunt, on Wednesday, according to ESPN.com. Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien and Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone have interviewed, but O'Brien said he will stay with the Nittany Lions. New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are conducting the interviews.
Out: Romeo Crennel
Comment: In the mold of Wade Phillips, Crennel is an excellent defensive mind who has not panned out in multiple head coaching opportunities (28-55 combined in five years). The Chiefs went 2-14 in Crennel's only season at the helm, and the only success was securing the No. 1 overall draft pick in April. Crennel could quickly land a defensive coordinator gig with a contender.
Candidates: The Chiefs are the frontrunner to land Andy Reid, who would likely bring former Eagles and Browns general manager Tom Heckert to K.C., signaling the end of the Scott Pioli era. Reid could also bring in former Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, a respected offensive mind who was previously the coordinator in St. Louis. Reid interviewed for the Chiefs' job in Philadelphia on Wednesday, according to CSNPhilly.com. It's unclear whether Reid intends to keep his scheduled interviews with Arizona and San Diego. Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter also interviewed for the job, but has decided to stay with Atlanta. Fellow Falcons assistant Keith Armstrong (special teams) also interviewed, according to FOXSports.com.
Out: Andy Reid
Comment: Reid's tenure was clearly coming to an end after 14 seasons that included nine playoff teams and one Super Bowl appearance after the 2004 season. The Eagles were the league's biggest disappointment in 2012, and both sides clearly need a fresh start.
Candidates: The Eagles are one of three teams, along with the Browns and Bills, expected to interview Oregon head coach Chip Kelly by the end of the weekend. Philadelphia's officials have already flown to Atlanta and met with special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will meet with the Eagles this weekend, according to CBSSports.com. Monday Night Football announcer Jon Gruden, a former Eagles assistant and Super Bowl-winning coach, is only 49 and his name regularly pops up in connection with marquee openings on the college and NFL level.
San Diego Chargers
Out: Norv Turner
Comment: Turner and GM A.J. Smith entered 2012 knowing it was a playoffs-or-bust season, and the Chargers went belly up by midseason under the weight of poor offensive line play that led to another season of regression by former elite QB Philip Rivers. Widely considered a better offensive coordinator than head coach, Turner will be a hot commodity on the assistant coaching circuit. General manager A.J. Smith was also fired.
Candidates: Andy Reid has a home in San Diego and has been scheduled to meet with the Chargers, although it remains to be seen if that interview will take place with Reid reportedly close to accepting the Kansas City Chiefs' head coaching job. Former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith are reportedly interested in the job, and the Chargers want to talk to Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arian. It's unclear if the Chargers will hire a new general manager before hiring their new head coach.
IN THE AIR
Ron Rivera, Panthers: The Panthers fired general manager Marty Hurney during the season, and will hire a replacement before Rivera's fate is determined.
Mike Mularkey, Jaguars: Mularkey's status ultimately will also be determined by the new general manager after Gene Smith was fired.
SAFE: Jason Garrett, Cowboys; Rex Ryan, Jets; Jim Schwartz, Lions; Mike Munchak, Titans