Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
The NFL's Black Monday is winding down, with the coach and executive firings slowing. While seemingly no Miami Dolphins personnel were caught up in the bloodletting, several former members of the team were.
The Monday after the last regular season games on the NFL schedule is a massacre of coaches and executives from around the league. The "Black Monday" regime changes happen fast and furious throughout the day, with teams who failed to make the NFL's postseason looking for ways to improve their franchises.
With the 2012 version of Black Monday slowing down, it appears most of, if not all, the firings for the day have ended. This does not mean there won't be more episodes of coaches or executives being "relieved of their duties," but it does seem as anyone who was not fired today has at least some job security.
For the Miami Dolphins, it appears as the entire front office and coaching staff will be back in 2013. However, that does not mean there aren't people with ties to the Dolphins making news today.
Former Miami Dolphins head coaches Cam Cameron and Dave Wannstedt were both relieved of their positions as coordinators. Cameron, who was actually let go three weeks ago, was the Miami head coach during the 1--15 debacle in 2007. He was serving as the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens over the past five years, but was fired as the team looked to find a way to spark a stagnant offense.
More on the Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore Beatdown
Wannstedt, the Dolphins defensive coordinator in 1999 and then head coach from 2000-2004, was fired, along with the entire Buffalo Bills coaching staff, today. Wannstedt served as the Assistant Head Coach and Linebackers Coach for the Bills in 2011 before becoming their defensive coordinator this season.
The Dolphins also saw two former coordinators get fired as head coaches today. Bills head coach Chan Gailey, who was a member of the "entire coaching staff" firing in Buffalo, served as the Dolphins' offensive coordinator from 2000-2001 under Wannstedt.
More on the Buffalo Bills: Buffalo Rumblings
In San Diego, the Chargers finally axed Norv Turner, who has been on the hot-seat every season since he arrived in southern California. Turner has been the Chargers' head coach since 2007. He served as the Dolphins' offensive coordinator for the second pair of seasons under Wannstedt, replacing Gailey, who had moved on to be the head coach at Georgia Tech. Turner was hired as the Raiders head coach in 2004, replacing Bill Callahan at the same time as the Dolphins' replaced the Wannstedt era with the ill-fated Nick Saban era.
Former Miami head coach Tony Sparano, who was fired last December, spent this year as the New York Jets' offensive coordinator. He is expected to be fired, bringing the total to five more Dolphins head coaches or coordinators to be axed this year. However, as of now, the Jets have not yet relieved Sparano of his duties. The Jets had the 30th ranked offense this year, 28th in scoring offense, Sparano's first year as a coordinator.
The Jets did fire their General Manager, Mike Tannenbaum, today, but elected to keep head coach Rex Ryan.
More on the New York Jets: Gang Green Nation
However, it's not all bad news for former Miami coaches today. Miami's defensive coordinator under Sparano in 2010-2011, Mike Nolan, spent this past season in the same position with the Atlanta Falcons. Nolan, who was the San Francisco 49ers head coach from 2005-2008, will interview with the Philadelphia Eagles this week to fill the position vacated by the fired Andy Reid today.