Four more coaches are without jobs Monday morning as Minnesota's Leslie Frazier Washington's Mike Shanahan, Tampa Bay's Greg Schiano and Detroit's Jim Schwartz have been fired. They join Cleveland's Rob Chudzinski, who was fired Sunday night as the first of as many as eight NFL coaches expected to be fired this week.
We'll update this article as more firings are announced.
SHANAHAN OUT IN WASHINGTON
ASHBURN, Va. — Mike Shanahan's plan to restore order, professionalism and consistent success to the Washington Redskins disintegrated quickly in 2013, costing him his job Monday a day after the team finished a 3-13 season.
Shanahan was fired after a morning meeting with owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen at Redskins Park, a formality expected for several weeks as the losses mounted and tension rose among Shanahan, Snyder and franchise player Robert Griffin III. A news conference was expected later Monday.
Shanahan went 24-40 in four seasons in Washington and 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 — a span that includes just four winning seasons, two playoff victories and seven last-place finishes in the NFC East.
“Redskins fans deserve a better result,” Snyder said in a statement. “We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins. We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team, and my pledge to this organization and to this community is to continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs.”
Shanahan captured Super Bowls titles with quarterback John Elway and the Denver Broncos after the 1997 and 1998 seasons, but he won only one playoff game over his final 10 years with the club and was fired after the 2008 season.
Shanahan's career regular-season record is 170-138 over 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders, Broncos and Redskins, but his two worst years have come in Washington — 5-11 in 2011 and this year's 3-13.
SCHWARTZ, LIONS PART WAYS
The Detroit Lions have fired coach Jim Schwartz.
The Lions made the move 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.
VIKINGS FIRE FRAZIER
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings fired coach Leslie Frazier on Monday morning, one year after they made the playoffs and one day after they finished a 5-10-1 season.
After going 10-6 in 2012, the Vikings regressed this year, done in by a leaky defense and an ongoing inability to find stability at quarterback. Frazier finished 21-33-1 in three-plus seasons.
The 54-year-old Frazier had one season remaining on his contract.
“We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings,” owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement distributed by the team. “He stepped in and established a strong positive culture here, and he has been the consummate professional as our head coach and in this community. Making this change is difficult but what we determined is best for the organization.”
BUCS FIRE SCHIANO
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired coach Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik following a 4-12 finish.
The Bucs made the announcement Monday, a day after a season-ending 42-17 loss to the New Orleans dropped Schiano’s record to 11-21 over two seasons.
Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a brief statement that the team has “not lived up to our standards” over the past two years and “we believe the time has come to find a new direction.”
Tampa Bay lost the first eight games of the season while going through a messy split with former quarterback Josh Freeman and an outbreak of MRSA infections in the locker room.
Dominik was promoted to general manager i 2009. The team went 28-52 in five years under his direction.
CHUDZINSKI 'SHOCKED' BY FIRING
BEREA, Ohio — Rob Chudzinski says he’s “shocked and disappointed” at being fired by the Browns after just one season as coach.
Chudzinski was dismissed on Sunday night, hours after the Browns finished a 4-12 season with a 20-7 loss at Pittsburgh. The Browns dropped their final seven games under Chudzinski, who was on the job for less than one year.
In a statement released by the team, Chudzinski, a lifelong Browns fan, said “I am a Cleveland Brown to the core, and always will be.”
Chudzinski’s firing is the fourth in six years by the Browns, who have lost at least 10 games in six straight seasons.
The Browns seemed to be making progress under Chudzinski. They were 4-5 going into their bye, but collapsed in the second half of the season, prompting owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner to make the coaching change.