Firing line

Ron Chenoy, USA Today Sports

Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo?

Well, he's not in Kansas City, anymore.

The Kansas City Chiefs fired head coach Romeo Crennel on Monday, one of seven NFL head coaches to be shown the door on Black Monday.

Happy New Year! By the way, you're fired.

But here's a fruit basket and a 2013 calendar!

Not that any of these guys need a fruit basket, as they'll all be receiving millions of $$$ NOT to coach in the future. Good gig, huh?

Crennel would have kept his job if not for one thing, just one small detail. If he'd have fixed this, he'd still be in Kansas City.

The Chiefs were awful.

They were so bad at 2-14, however, they'll get the No. 1 pick April's draft. Kansas City basically needs help everywhere, but it starts at quarterback.

But the Chiefs are getting this pick one year too late --- there are no Andrew Lucks, RGIIIs or Russell Wilsons in this upcoming draft.

Bad teams are bad for a lot of reasons, including bad luck.

The team's General Manager, Scott Pioli, also needs to go, as he's the man who assembled this group dysfunctional football "talent." We'll see.

Four other GMs were canned on Black Monday. Too bad for them ... not really (see $$$$ above). Here's a look at the other coaches --- three of which took their teams to a Super Bowl --- who got a fruit basket:

Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona --- The Cardinals started off 4-0 this year, then lost 11 of their last 12 games. Whisenhunt was 45-51 in six seasons with the Cardinals, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2008

Chan Gailey, Buffalo --- In three seasons, Gailey went 16-32 for the Bills, who missed the playoffs for the 13th straight season. That's the longest current playoff drought in the NFL.

Lovie Smith, Chicago --- Smith led the Bears to the Super Bowl in the 2006 season, but was let go after missing the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons. The Bears started 7-1, but went 3-5 down the stretch. Still, they were in the playoff picture until Minnesota beat Green Bay early Sunday evening.

Pat Shurmer, Cleveland --- It's the Browns, enough said.

Norv Turner, San Diego ---
Turner had dodged the fired bullet the last two years, but it finally caught up with him.

Andy Reid, Philadelphia
--- After 14 seasons, nine playoff appearances and a 130-93-1 record, the Eagles fired Reid, who took the team to the 2004 Super Bowl. Reid has Missouri roots, as he was an assistant coach for the Tigers in the 1980s.

What are the odds this would happen, that an unprecedented seven head coaches were fired in one day? Good question and it's interesting that you asked.

Here were the odds of some coaches who WOULD be fired, posted earlier this fall

Ron Rivera (Carolina) ... 5-to-1

Rex Ryan (New York Jets) ... 4-1

Mike Munchak (Tennessee) ... 4-1
Mike Mularkey (Jacksonville) ... 3 1/2-1

Romeo Crennel (Kansas City ... 3-1

Andy Reid (Philadelphia) ... 3-1

Pat Shurmur, (Cleveland) ... 3-1

Mike Shanahan (Washington) ... 3-1
Jason Garrett (Dallas) ... 2 1/2-1
Norv Turner (San Diego) ... 2-to-1

Chan Gailey (Buffalo) ... 2-1

If you weren't sure, you can bet on anything.

So, if you put up 300 bucks to win 100 on Shanahan getting fired, you're out of luck. These odds were posted in October --- when the Redskins were 3-6 --- but they won their last seven games to win the NFC East and make the playoffs.

And if you put down $100 to win $400 for Rex Ryan to keep his job, you look like a winner. As for the others who still have jobs, well, wait 'til next year. In other words, Tuesday.

The firing line is probably still be open.