The New York Jets fired general manager Mike Tannenbaum after a 6-10 season, but owner Woody Johnson said Rex Ryan will be back for a fifth season as coach.
"I believe that he has the passion, talent, and drive to successfully lead our team," Johnson said of Ryan in a statement.
Ryan's scheduled news conference Monday was postponed amid speculation that there could be several changes on the coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is expected to be fired after one season, although no moves were immediately made by Johnson after a staff meeting.
"My goal every year is to build a team that wins consistently," Johnson said. "This year, we failed to achieve that goal."
Tannenbaum had been with the organization since 1997. In a statement, he thanked Johnson for "the opportunity of a lifetime."
Titans: Mike Munchak will be back as coach, but chief operating officer Mike Reinfeldt is out. Munchak announced owner Bud Adams' decision at his news conference. "He felt that move (firing the coach) right now wasn't the right move to make so hopefully I'll prove him right," Munchak said. ... The Titans signed wide receiver Diondre Borel (Freedom High-Oakley) to a
Jaguars: Jacksonville fired G.M. Gene Smith after four disappointing seasons. Coach Mike Mularkey could be next. Owner Shad Khan is waiting to decide Mularkey's fate until he hires a new G.M., which could happen this week.
Cardinals: President Michael Bidwill wasted no time in identifying possible replacements for fired coach Ken Whisenhunt, saying the team had reached out to Andy Reid. Bidwill also received permission to interview Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Bidwill said Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton is a candidate. Bidwill said tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens was the only offensive assistant not fired. No defensive coaches were dismissed.
Bills: Coach Chan Gailey and his entire staff were fired, but the status of G.M. Buddy Nix remained uncertain. Among the assistants was defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt.
Redskins: Coach Mike Shanahan doesn't want his assistants, including his son, interviewing for head coaching jobs while the team is in the playoffs. Coordinator Kyle Shanahan designed an imaginative offense featuring rookie Robert Griffin III.
Vikings: Antoine Winfield's status for Saturday's rematch against Green Bay is in question, after the cornerback aggravated his broken right hand Sunday.
Seattle: The Seahawks placed cornerback Walter Thurmond (hamstring) on injured reserve, opening a roster spot for the addition of cornerback Brandon Browner, who is eligible to return after serving a four-game suspension for banned substances.
Etc.: The NFL Players Association's claim of collusion by league owners was rejected by U.S. District Judge David Doty, who has previously sided with the players.