You're Fired! Coaches and Managers dismissed in 2014
October 01, 2014
1 of 23Lynne Sladky, Bill Kostroun/AP
Rex Ryan - New York Jets
The New York Jets have fired head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik (inset) on Monday Dec. 29. Ryan’s tenure ends after six seasons and a 46-50 record. He led the Jets to the AFC Championship game in his first two seasons, but New York missed the playoffs in each of the past four years while compiling a 26-38 mark. This season the Jets went 4-12, including a 37-24 victory over the Dolphins in Week 17. Idzik was let go after only two seasons.
Ryan, 52, had told CBS during a production meeting before the Jets' game against Miami that he would not be interested in being a defensive coordinator for another team.
2 of 23Jim Mone, Nam Y. Huh/AP
Marc Trestman - Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears fired head coach Marc Trestman, who went 13-19 in two seasons with the team, and general manager Phil Emery (inset) on Monday Dec. 29. After the Bears' Week 17 loss, Trestman told reporters he expected to return to the team next season. Emery had been the Chicago's general manager since 2012. The Bears compiled a 23-25 record during his tenure. After going 10-6 in 2012, the Bears regressed each of the last two seasons, finishing 8-8 in 2013 and 5-11 in 2014. The Bears' defense struggled throughout the season, finishing No. 30 in the league in yards and No. 31 in points allowed. The Bears finished the season with a five-game losing streak, including a season-ending loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
3 of 23Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire
Mike Smith - Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons fired head coach Mike Smith after seven seasons, the team announced Monday Dec. 29. Smith, 55, had a 66-46 record in his seven-year tenure, along with a 1-4 mark in the playoffs. The Falcons, who reached the NFC Championship game in 2012, ended their season at 6-10 after getting blown out 34-3 at home by the Carolina Panthers with a chance to win the NFC South and clinch a playoff berth. The season was also mired by a five-game losing streak and a pass defense that gave up 280 yards per game, worst in the NFL.
The defense, which gave up 26 points per game, was also ranked last in the NFL.
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Peter DeBoer - New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils fired Pete DeBoer the day after Christmas. Over three-plus seasons, DeBoer led the Devils to a 114-93-41 record. The 46-year-old led New Jersey to the Stanley Cup finals in 2012, but the team did not make the playoffs in two subsequent seasons. New Jersey opened this season 12-17-7, the third-worst mark in the Eastern Conference and good for seventh place in the Metropolitan division.
5 of 23Mark Humphrey/AP
Dallas Eakins - Edmonton Oilers
Dallas Eakins was fired on Dec. 15 as coach of the Edmonton Oilers (7-19-5), who had lost 15 of 16 games and are well on the way to missing the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season. Eakins was in his second year as the Oilers' head coach, accumulating a record of 36-63-14 after his June 2013 hire.
6 of 23Rich Pedroncelli/AP
Michael Malone - Sacramento Kings
Michael Malone was fired late Sunday night, Dec. 14, after leading Sacramento to an encouraging 11-13 start in his second season. Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro fired Malone just 24 games into his second season with the team over philosophical differences over the team's style of play.
7 of 23Mark Humphrey/AP
Paul MacLean - Ottawa Senators
Paul MacLean was fired as coach of the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 8, less than 18 months since he was the NHL's coach of the year. The coaching dismissal was the first in the 2014-15 NHL season and came with the team off to an 11-11-5 start. Team executives had problems with MacLean dating to last season when the Sens missed the playoffs. He was criticized for his constant line juggling and for his prickly attitude, which rubbed some star players the wrong way.
8 of 23Steven Senne/AP
Dennis Allen - Oakland Raiders
The Raiders fired head coach Dennis Allen over the phone on Sept. 29 after Oakland began the 2014 season with four consecutive losses. Days before, an AP reporter tweeted the news and then deleted the original tweet, saying it was unconfirmed. Allen had an 8-28 record over two seasons with the Raiders.
9 of 23Jim Mone/AP
Ron Gardenhire – Minnesota Twins
On the heels of their fourth straight season with at least 90 losses, the Twins dismissed manager Ron Gardenhire and his entire coaching staff on Sept. 29. While the team made six postseason appearances during Gardenhire's 13-year tenure, they hadn't done so since 2010, as Minnesota finished 2014 in the AL Central cellar for the third time in the last four years.
10 of 23Jamie Sabau/Getty Images
Kirk Gibson – Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks fired Kirk Gibson on Sept. 27, ending his four-year tenure. Arizona was a major-league worst 63-96 heading into the regular season's final weekend. Gibson was promoted from bench coach to manager on July 1, 2010. In his first full season as manager, the Diamondbacks went 94-68 and won the National League West. The team then had two .500 seasons before this year's decline.
11 of 23Patric Schneider/AP
Bo Porter – Houston Astros
Bo Porter was given his walking papers on Sept. 1 in his second season as manager of the Astros. In 2013, Houston finished 51-111, and the team was 59-79 in 2014 under Porter.
12 of 23Bill Haber/AP
Larry Drew - Milwaukee Bucks
Larry Drew was fired on June 30 after just one season with Milwaukee and was replaced by then-Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd, who within days signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the team. The Bucks sent two second-round picks to the Nets as compensation for Kidd. Drew said he was “blindsided” and that it was "definitely mystifying” when the team fired him.
13 of 23Gene J. Puskar/AP
Dan Bylsma – Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was fired on June 6, after Jim Rutherford was named the team’s new GM. Bylsma, who won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year in 2011, had a 252-117 record in six seasons in Pittsburgh and led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup championship in his first season in 2009. However, in each of the past five seasons, the Pens had lost to a lower-seeded team in the playoffs.
14 of 23Tony Dejak/AP
Mike Brown - Cleveland Cavaliers
After being fired as head coach of the Cavaliers in 2010, Brown was again hired by the Cavs in 2013, after being fired just six games into the second season of a four-year, $18.3 million deal with the Lakers. Brown was fired by Cleveland yet again on May 12, following a 33-49 record.
15 of 23Charles Rex Arbogast/AP
Mark Jackson – Golden State Warriors
Despite the support of his players, Mark Jackson was fired on May 6, three days after the Warriors’ Game 7, first-round loss to the Clippers. In three seasons, Jackson compiled a 121-109 record (.526) and twice guided Golden State to the postseason. The Warriors' 2013 first-round victory over the Nuggets marked just the second time the franchise advanced in the playoffs since 1991. Golden State went 51-31 in 2013-14, its first 50-win season since 1993-94.
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Kirk Muller – Carolina Hurricanes
Kirk Muller and most of his staff were fired on May 5, a week after Ron Francis was named the team’s new GM. Muller went 80-80-27 in his three seasons behind the bench for the Hurricanes, failing to make the playoffs in any of those seasons.
17 of 23Carlos Osorio/AP
John Tortorella – Vancouver Canucks
After completing only one year of a five-year deal, John Tortorella was fired on May 1 after his first season with Vancouver. The Canucks missed the playoffs after going 36-35-11, finishing fifth in the Pacific Division. Tortorella was also suspended for 15 days earlier in the season when he charged the Calgary Flames locker room during a game.
18 of 23Ann Heisenfelt/AP
Adam Oates – Washington Capitals
After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07, the Capitals fired both head coach Adam Oates and GM George McPhee on April 26. Oates was 65-48-17 in two seasons behind the Washington bench. The Caps owned the worst record in the league when scoring two or fewer goals in the 2013-14 season at 0-25-6, and they went 1-41-8 during Oates' tenure. That inability to pull points out of low-scoring games sealed his fate.
19 of 23Michael Conroy/AP
Mike Woodson – New York Knicks
Mike Woodson and his entire coaching staff were fired on April 21 after missing out on the postseason for the first time in four years. Woodson went 109-79 (.580) in two-plus seasons with the Knicks after replacing Mike D'Antoni in March 2012. He led New York to the playoffs in his first two seasons, including a second-round appearance last year after the team's first division title since 1993-94. Despite one year remaining on a contract to the tune of $3.3 million, his dismissal was largely expected after a ninth-place finish in the weak Eastern Conference.
20 of 23Mark Humphrey/AP
Barry Trotz – Nashville Predators
Barry Trotz, the only head coach in the Predators’ franchise history, was fired on April 14 after 15 seasons. Hired before Nashville's inaugural season in 1998, Trotz led the team to the playoffs seven times, advancing beyond the first round in 2011 and 2012. The Predators went 38-32-12 in 2013-14 and finished in sixth place in the Central Division, missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
21 of 23Paul Sancya/AP
Maurice Cheeks – Detroit Pistons
The Pistons fired Maurice Cheeks on Feb. 9, just 50 games into his first season as the team's head coach. Despite the offseason acquisitions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, the Pistons struggled under Cheeks, amassing a disappointing 21-29 record.
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Claude Noel – Winnipeg Jets
Claude Noel was fired as head coach of Winnipeg on Jan. 12, amid a five-game losing streak that dropped the Jets to 19-23-5 and 10 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Noel, hired after the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg before the 2011-12 season, went 80-79-18 during his tenure with the Jets.
23 of 23Wade Payne/AP
Mike Munchak - Tennessee Titans
Mike Munchak was fired on Jan. 4 after his third season as head coach of the Tennessee Titans and after amassing a 22-26 record as a head coach over a three-year span. Munchank had been offered a two-year contract extension under one condition -- that he fire several assistant coaches -- which he refused.
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