“It was professional differences, and let’s leave it at that,” Everest told Trib Total Media on Friday. “It was professional differences.” But he also added, “It was a shocker.”
Everest did not see the firing coming and was still coming to grips with it Friday, following an evening spent mostly calling relatives, friends and acquaintances in the NFL. He plans to stay in coaching, but said it was much too early to think about where he might coach next.
Everest politely declined to discuss his departure in detail, but did say it had nothing to do with the decision to take Pro Bowl returner Antonio Brown off the kickoff and punt return teams. Brown, a starting wide receiver, recently signed a $42.5 million contract extension.