2 Jan 2013

Heads roll as seven NFL coaches sacked

6:07 am on 2 January 2013

Heads have continued to roll for under-achieving head coaches across the American National Football League, with seven teams responding to unsatisfying results.

The Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills reacted swiftly as the regular season came to a close while the Philadelphia Eagles shed long serving Andy Reid.

The Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals have also dropped their top coaching personnel.

Reid's departure had been widely expected but still came as shock to many after a mostly successful tenure in Philadelphia leading the Eagles to six NFC East titles, five NFC championship games and a Super Bowl appearance in 2004.

His 140 victories are a franchise record and rank 22nd on the all-time NFL coaching list.

But a bitterly disappointing 2012 campaign that ended in a 42-7 loss to the New York Giants signaled to owner Jeffrey Lurie that is was time for a change.