The coaching carousel in the NFL began early on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, and one of the biggest names to go was that of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid. This wasn't overly unexpected though. A move that was rather unexpected is that the New York Jets fired general manager Mike Tannenbaum, but decided to keep coach Rex Ryan.
After 14 seasons with the Eagles, the team announced that Reid would not be back after a 4-12 season.
"Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come," owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Coach Reid leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future."
Reid was due to make $6 million in 2013, which was the final year of his contract in Philadelphia.
In New York, the Jets announced on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, that general manager Mike Tannenbaum was the first to go after a very disappointing 6-10 season. The team advised that a search for a new GM will commence immediately, but that a new coach won't be needed since they are retaining Rex Ryan.
Jets' owner Woody Johnson let it be known that Ryan would be going nowhere.
"I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team," Johnson said.
Ryan has two years left on his current contract with the Jets worth approximately $6 million.