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Published: Dec. 31, 2012 at 05:21 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 31, 2012 at 06:03 p.m.

Black Monday edition: Curse, Coincidence, or Superstition

Many sports fans are inclined to believe that team losses can be traced back to a curse or superstition. With Black Monday looming large over the NFL today, we took a look at our black tea leaves, to see what stars might have aligned to seal the fates of these erstwhile coaches.

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  • Romeo Crennel - 2 + 2 = Fired 7

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    Romeo Crennel - 2 + 2 = Fired

    Crennel took over for Todd Haley last season, and secured his job by winning two of the teams’ last three games, including an upset over the previously undefeated Packers. However, he matched his win total from 2011 in 2012, but with an entire season as head coach going 2-14, making his tenure in Kansas City a short one.

  • Chan Gailey - Unlucky number 3 6

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    Chan Gailey - Unlucky number 3

    It was a tale of threes that spelled the end of Chan Gailey’s time with the Buffalo Bills, as he had three different defensive coordinators in three years, and stuck with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback for three seasons after starting him over Trent Edwards back in 2010. Fitzpatrick failed to get over the hump, and the Bills defense never improved, so after three straight strikes on offense and defense, Gailey was fired.

  • Andy Reid - Graduation day? 5

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    Andy Reid - Graduation day?

    If you count one year of pre-school, the average American goes to school for 14 years before graduating from High School. This was Andy Reid’s 14th, and final year as the Eagles head coach, going 4-12 before being let go. This was also his worst record as the head coach of the Eagles… can you say senioritis?

  • Pat Shurmur - Orange is not his color 4

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    Pat Shurmur - Orange is not his color

    Shurmur was fired after two season as the Browns head coach, and it appears rrange is just not his color. The Browns primary color is orange, and both of his quarterbacks in his two seasons (Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden) sported orange uniforms in college before joining the Browns. Last but not least, Jim Haslam, the new owner of the Browns who fired Shurmur is a graduate of and frequent donor to the University of Tennessee… who’s primary color is orange.

  • Lovie Smith - 7, 8, 9, 10 fired. 3

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    Lovie Smith - 7, 8, 9, 10 fired.

    One of seven coaches fired so far on Black Monday, Smith went 7-1 through his first eight games this season, his ninth as the Bears head coach, but ended with a 10-6 record, missing the playoffs and leading to his firing.

  • Norv Turner - 3rd time is not the charm for Norv 2

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    Norv Turner - 3rd time is not the charm for Norv

    Not only was this Norv Turner’s third season in a row missing the playoffs, it was the third time in a row the Chargers have finished second in the AFC West, and Norv’s third head coaching job in the NFL. Perhaps the fourth time will work out better for Norv.

  • Ken Whisenhunt - 6-6-6-6 and Kevin Kolb 1

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    Ken Whisenhunt - 6-6-6-6 and Kevin Kolb

    Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves hitched their wagon to Kevin Kolb, which signaled their end in Arizona. Whisenhunt coached for six seasons, during which he and Graves signed Kevin Kolb to a 6-year, $63.6 million dollar contract. Kevin Kolb only managed to win six games in two seasons as the Cardinals starter. It looks like six was not the magic number for Whisenhunt.

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