Heads roll on Black Monday as four coaches fired

Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:57pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - The Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all fired their head coaches a day after the regular season concluded as part of the National Football League's so-called Black Monday.

The Redskins dumped Mike Shanahan, the Vikings parted ways with Leslie Frazier, the Buccaneers fired Greg Schiano and the Lions axed Jim Schwartz after each team finished well out of the playoff picture.

Shanahan's Redskins went 3-13, Frazier's Vikings finished 5-10-1 and Schiano's Bucs went 4-12 as all teams finished last in their respective divisions. Schwartz's Lions were 7-9.

The announcements came a day after the Cleveland Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski hours after his team closed out the 2013 season with a seven-game losing streak to finish 4-12.

Shanahan went 24-20 in four seasons as coach of the Redskins but his future at the helm came under question given the team's performance and his tenuous relationship with quarterback Robert Griffin III.

"Redskins fans deserve a better result," owner Dan Snyder said in a statement.

Shanahan's departure comes in the wake of a disappointing season for the Redskins, who started the year with high hopes coming off a 10-6 record and the NFC East title in 2012.

The Vikings, meanwhile, axed Frazier after he went 21-32-1 in three-plus seasons. Minnesota made the playoffs last year but regressed in 2013.

"Unfortunately, we did not achieve consistent success and did not achieve the progress we expected," Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement.   Continued...

 
Oct 27, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan on the sidelines during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports