Black Monday Hits AFC East: Mike Tannenbaum, Chan Gailey Fired

Jeff Zelevansky

Black Monday, the day after the NFL season has ended, has arrived and the firings that normally accompany it have started. Head coaches and General Managers from around the league are losing their jobs today, with the AFC East already seeing Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum and Bills coach Chan Gailey fired.

The 2012 NFL regular season is over, with just the playoffs remaining for the year. However, for the 20 teams that did not make the postseason tournament, today is "Black Monday," the annual day when coaches and general managers learn that they will no longer be employed by their current team.

As the bloodletting commences around the league, the AFC East has been hit with two firings already today. New York Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum has been notified that he "will not return to the Jets," while the Buffalo Bills have fired Head Coach Chan Gailey and the entire coaching staff.

Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins will keep General Manager Jeff Ireland. Ireland being retained is not really a surprise, given there was no noise from within the organization that he might be let go, but rather it is a fan based desire to see Ireland relieved of his duties.

The Jets will reportedly retain Head Coach Rex Ryan for next season. The Jets' released a statement regarding Ryan, stating "I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team."

To follow more about the Jets search for a new GM, check out Gang Green Nation. For more on the Bills' head coaching search, head over to Buffalo Rumblings.

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