Harbaugh reacts with sadness to Black Monday fallout

The Baltimore Sun

Several NFL head coaches and five general managers were fired during the infamous “Black Monday,” the day after the last regular-season games.

The carnage included Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, a mentor and former boss of Ravens coach John Harbaugh and former Eagles coaching colleague Pat Shurmur, who was dismissed as Cleveland Browns coach.

Also fired Monday: San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner and Chargers general manager A.J. Smith, Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves and coach Ken Whisenhunt, Browns general manager Tom Heckert, Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith, New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey and Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp

Harbaugh expressed sadness at the cold reality of so many jobs lost, and families affected.


“Yes, a lot of great people,” Harbaugh said. “The toughest thing is on the families. I think as coaches we all understand the nature of the business. Players, too, understand the nature of it. That’s part of the challenge, but it’s hard on families.

“It’s hard on kids that got to change schools, pick up and move and start in other cities and things like that. That’s what you feel for the most and that’s kind of where your prayers go out towards.”


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