Shanahan, Frazier, Schwartz and Schiano out on busy 'Black Monday'
have fired their head coach, Mike Shanahan, and his staff, a day after the end of the 2013 NFL regular season.
The decision – which was widely expected, a source telling NFL.com on Sunday: "Everybody knows it's done. It's just a waiting game. We've all accepted it." – came shortly after the Minnesota Vikings sacked head coach Leslie Frazier. Later, the Detroit Lions fired head coach Jim Schwartz and the fired coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik.
Shanahan met the Washington owner, Dan Snyder, on Monday morning, after concluding the season with a 3-13 record, enough for last place in the NFC East. Shanahan had a 24-40 regular-season record over four years, which last season brought a first playoff appearance since 2007. That successful season was built on the performances of the rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who then played while injured in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He did not enjoy a successful 2013, leading to a controversial decision from Shanahan .
The Washington Times' Brian McNally reported that the team's running back was reluctant to comment:
The Vikings finished last in the NFC North with a 5-10-1 record – Frazier's last game in charge was a 14-13 victory over the on Sunday. The team, which includes the Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson, won four and tied one of their final eight games of the season.
On .com, around the league editor Gregg Rosenthal wrote: “Frazier's tenure was marked by an inability to develop a quarterback. This season, he struggled just to choose between Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, and Josh Freeman. Even more damning: Frazier's defense badly declined in 2013, giving up more points than any team in football.”
Frazier took over as Vikings head coach midway through the 2010 season, and led the team to the playoffs in 2012. His final record with the team is 21-32-1.
Schwartz, who had two seasons and $12m left on his contract, took over the Lions five years ago, after they had completed a 0-16 season. This year they led the NFC North before losing six of their last seven games and missing out on the playoffs. Schwartz attracted widespread criticism this season for sticking with the quarterback Matthew Stafford as the team's form fell apart. Stafford, the No1 draft pick of 2009, .
Stafford said: “From where we were in 2008 to where we are now it's a big difference. We owe a lot of that to [Schwartz]. He's a really smart guy and helped us get to where we are. Obviously, we didn't win as many games as we needed to or as we should have this year.”
The Buccaneers confirmed that Schiano and Dominik had been fired. A statement from co-chairman Bryan Glazer read: “The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction.
“Mark has been a valued member of our organisation for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here. We thank Greg for his hard work and effort the past two seasons, but we feel these moves are necessary in order to achieve our goals.”
Schiano, who came to the Buccaneers from Rutgers University, had an 11-21 record over two seasons and had three seasons left on his contract. The team finished 2013 with a 4-12 record, bottom of the NFC South.
Asked about Schiano's departure, the Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said: “It's tough for the players to see your coaches go. You never want to see anybody get fired. Me personally, I haven't had any, consistently, in my career. Third head coach, going on my fifth year and three head coaches.”
On Sunday night, the pre-empted the start of the NFL's so-called “Black Monday” – the day after the end of the regular season on which coaches of failing teams are particularly vulnerable to the sack – by firing Rob Chudzinski, a first-year coach who took the team to a 4-12 record.
“I was shocked and disappointed to hear the news that I was fired,” said Chudzinski. “I am a Cleveland Brown to the core, and always will be. It was an honour to lead our players and coaches, and I appreciate their dedication and sacrifice. I was more excited than ever for this team, as I know we were building a great foundation for future success.”
Last year, seven NFL teams – – . That day, the New York Jets coach Rex Ryan kept his job, despite missing the playoffs. It was confirmed on Sunday that . Under Jason Garrett the Dallas Cowboys, like the Jets, finished the season 8-8 and missed the playoffs; like the Jets, they are set to keep their head coach.
The head coach, Tom Coughlin, led his team to a disappointing 7-9 record. He said on Monday that he had meetings with the teams owners arranged for later in the week, and added: “Everybody wants to know what's next for me. I hope it's coaching the New York Giants.”
Shanahan, Frazier, Schwartz, Schiano and Chudzinski join the former Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak in looking for new jobs. , after an 11-game losing streak. The Texans finished the season with three more defeats for a 2-14 record.
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