Barely 12 hours after the NFL season ended, five head coaches were unemployed. Fired on Monday were Washington's Mike Shanahan, Detroit's Jim Schwartz, Minnesota's Leslie Frazier and Tampa Bay's Greg Schiano on a day that has become known as "Black Monday."
The Cleveland Browns didn't even wait that long, dismissing Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night after just one season on the job.
The Lions fired Schwartz on Monday, one day after they ended their late-season slide with a loss at Minnesota.
Detroit flopped to a 7-9 record this year after a 6-3 record start put the franchise in a position to win a division title for the first time since 1993.
Schwartz was 29-51 over five seasons, including a 10-6 mark in 2011 that lifted the Lions to their only postseason appearance this century. The former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator was hired in 2009 when Detroit was coming off the NFL's first 0-16 season. Schwartz had the team going in the right direction during his first three seasons before it took a step back the next two years.
Shanahan who had a 3-13 season was dismissed Monday after meeting with team owner Dan Snyder.
Shanahan went 24-40 in four years in Washington, but his greater failure was an inability to restore order and professionalism to a franchise that has often been in disarray for the last two decades.
The Redskins finished last in the NFC East in three of Shanahan's four seasons. The outlier was 2012, when a seven-game winning streak at the end of the regular season won the team its first division title since 1999.
Shanahan had one year remaining on his five-year, $35 million contract.
Snyder will now be seeking his eighth head coach for his 16th season as an NFL owner.
Schiano only got two years with the Buccaneeers and Gary Kubiak was fired earlier this month by the Houston Texans.
One coach allegedly on the hot seat was retained: Rex Ryan, who has one more year on his contract, is staying with the New York Jets.
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