Black Monday Firings: Several NFL Coaches Lost Their Job TodayBy: Tobias Roth - December 30, 2013
After unfavorable results at the end of the season, several NFL head coaches have been fired from their jobs. At the end of the season, some teams move on to the post-season, and others have the unfortunate task of having to think about next season.
In an event that has become known as the black Monday firings, each of the coaches that had been sitting in the hot seat recently found out if they would be keeping their jobs or not, and some teams will be looking at a new coaching staff in 2014.
During the black Monday firings, a handful of coaches lost their jobs, and other teams who struggled throughout the year were able to retain their coach, which may surprise some people.
It hit hard for a couple of teams that made the playoffs last year, and were kept out this year with embarrassing results. These teams of course were the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions, who fired Mike Shanahan and Jim Schwartz today, respectively.
The fate of Jim Schwartz was discussed recently after the Lions continued to struggle. If there was any year for the Lions to win the NFC North, this was certainly the year, and they were not able to get it done, losing Jim Schwartz as a result.
They were recently knocked out of the playoffs despite a strong start. After starting the season 6-3, the Lions fell apart, and ended their 2013 with a record of 7-9.
Of all of the teams to fire their coaches, the Lions had the best chances of making the playoffs, and with Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, they clearly have the talent to become a great team with the right coach.
Mike Shanahan led the Washington Redskins to the playoffs last season, but this season was much different. While Robert Griffin III did not play the way he did last year after getting injured in the playoffs, the team continued to struggle, and finished with a record of 3-13.
In addition to Mike Shanahan and Jim Schwartz, the black Monday firings included Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings, and Rob Chudzinski of the Cleveland Browns.
Unfortunately, for some of these coaches, they hardly got a chance to help the teams that they were fired from, and while the teams started out badly, they cannot be expected to improve immediately. Rob Chudzinski, for example, was in his first season as the coach of the Browns, and it has been several seasons since the Cleveland Browns have had any success in the NFL.
In addition to the firing of Greg Schiano, coach of the Buccaneers, the organization also fired their GM, Mark Dominik. After another upsetting season for Tampa Bay, the team will look to completely rebuild, and hope to improve next year.
Weeks before all of the black Monday firings happened, the Houston Texans were in such a bad place that they were forced to fire Gary Kubiak before the season had ended. While the Texans started the season with high expectations, and hopes of winning the Super Bowl, they quickly became one of the worst teams in the league and finished the season with a record of 2-14.
After a series of black Monday firings, several teams in the NFL will be looking for a new coach shortly, and hope that the replacement will be better than what each team had before.
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