The NFL plays musical chairs with it coaches…..

The 2012 National Football League Play-offs are getting ready to start….

And a LOT of the coaches NOT there are in trouble…..

Owners want to Win…..

Period….

The Philadelphia Eagles ended Andy Reid’s 14-year tenure, drawing the curtain on a tear-stained season that began with the death of Reid’s son in training camp and continued with a week-by-week watch of how the team’s won-lost ledger matched up with the owner Jeffrey Lurie’s preseason edict that Reid had to do better than 8-8 to keep his job. Philadelphia ended up 4-12. In Chicago, Lovie Smith was fired after nine seasons, despite finishing 10-6. In San Diego, Norv Turner, his dismissal expected almost from the day he got the job six years ago, was finally fired, along with General Manager A.J. Smith, who had held his job for almost 10 years. The same fate befell Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona, who was fired after six seasons. Reid, Smith and Whisenhunt had all taken their teams to the Super Bowl in the past; Turner took the Chargers to the A.F.C. championship game.

All, though, had lost of late. And the reason for their ousters was summed up neatly by the league’s newest owner, Jimmy Haslam of the Cleveland Browns, who fired his coach, Pat Shurmur, and general manager, Tom Heckert, on Monday.

“It might be a little unfair of me to put that pressure on that new head coach already, but the way the N.F.L. operates, there is relative parity,” Haslam said. “And you can turn things around quickly.”

Three teams who combined won just 10 games last year qualified for the playoffs this year: the Indianapolis Colts, the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings. Every owner wants that result. And they want it now.

Among others who were fired: Chan Gailey, after three seasons in Buffalo, and Romeo Crennel, after just one season in Kansas City, which won just two games and has the first pick in the spring draft. Scott Pioli, the Chiefs’ general manager, retained his job for now, the owner Clark Hunt said. But many other general managers were not so lucky. Those fired, in addition to Smith and Heckert: Mike Tannenbaum of the Jets, Gene Smith of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Rod Graves of the Cardinals. The Carolina Panthers fired Marty Hurney during the season and have yet to replace him.

The speed with which so many top people were sent packing was breathtaking, but not surprising….

The Philadelphia Eagles ended Andy Reid’s 14-year tenure, drawing the curtain on a tear-stained season that began with the death of Reid’s son in training camp and continued with a week-by-week watch of how the team’s won-lost ledger matched up with the owner Jeffrey Lurie’s preseason edict that Reid had to do better than 8-8 to keep his job. Philadelphia ended up 4-12. In Chicago, Lovie Smith was fired after nine seasons, despite finishing 10-6. In San Diego, Norv Turner, his dismissal expected almost from the day he got the job six years ago, was finally fired, along with General Manager A.J. Smith, who had held his job for almost 10 years. The same fate befell Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona, who was fired after six seasons. Reid, Smith and Whisenhunt had all taken their teams to the Super Bowl in the past; Turner took the Chargers to the A.F.C. championship game.

All, though, had lost of late. And the reason for their ousters was summed up neatly by the league’s newest owner, Jimmy Haslam of the Cleveland Browns, who fired his coach, Pat Shurmur, and general manager, Tom Heckert, on Monday.

“It might be a little unfair of me to put that pressure on that new head coach already, but the way the N.F.L. operates, there is relative parity,” Haslam said. “And you can turn things around quickly.”

Three teams who combined won just 10 games last year qualified for the playoffs this year: the Indianapolis Colts, the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings. Every owner wants that result. And they want it now.

Among others who were fired: Chan Gailey, after three seasons in Buffalo, and Romeo Crennel, after just one season in Kansas City, which won just two games and has the first pick in the spring draft. Scott Pioli, the Chiefs’ general manager, retained his job for now, the owner Clark Hunt said. But many other general managers were not so lucky. Those fired, in addition to Smith and Heckert: Mike Tannenbaum of the Jets, Gene Smith of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Rod Graves of the Cardinals. The Carolina Panthers fired Marty Hurney during the season and have yet to replace him.

The speed with which so many top people were sent packing was breathtaking, but not surprising.

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Photo….

Left: Duane Burleson/Associated Press; Center: Elsa/Getty Images; Right: Don Wright/Associated Press

Chicago’s Lovie Smith, Philadelphia’s Andy Reid and San Diego’s Norv Turner were among the many coaches let go on Monday.

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