Black Monday for NFL Coaches

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Redskins have fired coach Mike Shanahan after a 3-13 season.

Shanahan 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.

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Browns have fired coach Rob Chudzinski following one season, which started promising but ended with a seven-game losing streak.

Chudzinski had only been in place since Jan. 11, when the Ohio native and lifelong Browns fan was hired for his dream position by owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner. The Browns started 4-5, but collapsed in the final two months and the organization decided Sunday night to cut ties before heading into a second season with Chudzinski.

Cleveland ended its season with a 20-7 loss in Pittsburgh. The Browns dropped 10 of their last 11.

Chudzinski had plenty to deal with as a rookie coach, including an unsettled quarterback situation as the Browns were forced to use three starters because of injuries.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have fired coach Leslie Frazier a day after they wrapped up a 5-10-1 season.

The Vikings made the playoffs last year but struggled in 2013, unable to find stability at quarterback.

Frazier went 21-33-1 in three-plus seasons.

The firing was announced Monday morning.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- 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.


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