NFL Black Monday: Redskins, Lions, Buccaneers, Head Coaches Fired
The NFL regular season ended in an exciting night last night with a 24-22 win from the Philadelphia Eagles to enter the playoffs.
Right after the last game, we begun hearing news of teams losing their coaches, some shockingly right only a year or two into their contract.
Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all lost their coaches today as they try to repair their losing seasons, and embark on a new journey to success.
Browns fired their head coach Rob Chudzinski one year after hiring him as the centerpiece of a “new” young culture for the team. The team went 4-12 on a season where they had no steady quarterback and traded their best young running back Trent Richardson. They still owe Chudzinski $10.5 million.
Buccaneers let go of former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano after a brutal season full of controversy. They released their starting quarterback Josh Freeman after a week of going back and forth and being benched. There were rumors that Schiano had been leaking private team information earlier this year. He was also accused of being too tough on players. He started the season 0-8 and ended with a 4-12 record. Schiano had three years remaining on his contract.
Lions just fired Jim Schwartz, who had coached the team since 2009. He found success with a team that brought in the best wide receiver in the NFL with Calvin Johnson, and a dynamic offense that also includes Reggie Bush, and Matthew Stafford. The team only made the playoffs in 2011, and had high hopes, but instead failed to 7-9 and missed the playoffs. Schwartz has $12 million left on his contract.
Redskins had hired Mike Shanahan back in 2010 with high hopes as he brought his zone blocking system to the NFC East and his two championships with the Denver Broncos. Instead they got a few disappointing seasons, as Washington continuously tried to put all-star teams together to no avail. The injury to star quarterback Robert Griffin III led to leaked information about problems between the two, and special treatment from owner Dan Snyder. The team went 3-13 on the season, and the team is now on their seventh coach since 1999.
Vikings lost their head coach Leslie Frasier after going 5-10-1 on the season, and could not get over the hump in over three years with a team that includes Adrian Peterson, but is without a sure solution at the quarterback decision. He had went 21-33-1 with the team since being hired in 2011.
We will keep you informed if more firings occur during the day.