While inevitable, Billick says, "You would like to think that class and dignity would be the order of the day [when it happens], but history tells us differently."
"There is no easy way to do this. I have yet to hear the coach that says, 'They fired me, but they did it very well.' The mantra that this is an 'unfortunate side of the business' (right up there with 'going in another direction') dehumanizes what is a gut-wrenching, emotional experience for all the coaches, assistants, and their families."
Billick's article, on NFL.com, is a good read.