Black Monday in the NFL has proved fairly dark with five head coaches fired in the past 24 hours with more possibly to follow.
A synopsis of the moves as the coaching carousel cranks up with the regular season now over.
— Cleveland Browns rookie coach Rob Chudzinski was dismissed Sunday night, a surprise move even though the club finished 4-12 and missed the playoffs for the 11th consecutive season. Chudzinski, an Ohio native, said Monday he was “shocked and disappointed” by losing his dream job. ANALYSIS: Browns job
— In a move long expected, the Washington Redskins parted with Mike Shanahan on Monday morning after a stormy season that saw the 2012 NFC East champs plummet to last place as quarterback Robert Griffin III struggled to find his rookie of the year form following reconstructive knee surgery in January. RG3 also frequently clashed publicly with Shanhan. ANALYSIS: Redskins job
— The Minnesota Vikings also fell to the bottom of their division after grabbing a wild-card berth in 2012 under coach Leslie Frazier. But he paid the price for the shortcomings of a team that never solved its quarterback issues in 2013 and also failed to stop most opponents defensively. ANALYSIS: Vikings job
— Greg Schiano’s position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was almost immediately in jeopardy this year after an 0-8 start and the controversial handling of quarterback Josh Freeman, who was released at midseason. The Bucs were a .500 team in the second half, and many players publicly supported the hard-driving Schiano. But team ownership ultimately did not. GM Mark Dominik was also terminated. ANALYSIS: Buccaneers job
— Jim Schwartz’s Detroit Lions appeared a virtual lock to win the NFC North in November, sitting pretty with a 6-3 record while the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears struggled with major injuries, notably to their quarterbacks. But Schwartz’s team won only one of its final seven contests and finished behind the aforementioned rivals in the standings. Little surprise he’s now looking for work. ANALYSIS: Lions job
Six jobs are now open league-wide. The Houston Texans got a jump on outside interviews after dismissing Gary Kubiak on Dec. 6.
Courtesy of USA Today