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NFL Black Monday sees five coaches fired

Black Monday has arrived in the NFL, resulting in the firing of five head coaches within the past 24 hours.

Here are the coaches who have been relieved of their duties:

Schwartz’s squad failed to reach the playoffs after finishing the season 7-9. The Lions opened the season as a favorite to win the NFC North, which was fueled by a 6-3 start. Detroit, however, unraveled in the second half of the season, winning just one of its final seven games. Schwartz, 47, leaves Detroit with a 29-51 record and one postseason appearance in 2011.

At 5-10-1, the Vikings fell to the bottom of the NFC North, a year after finishing 10-6 and earning a wild-card playoff berth. Frazier, 54, succeeded Brad Childress in 2010 and finishes with a 21-31-1 overall record.

The Browns fired Chudzinski Sunday night after only one season at the helm. Cleveland capped the season with a 20-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, which was the team’s seventh straight defeat and 10th in 11 games. Chudzinski, a 45-year-old Ohio native, finished with a 4-12 record. The Browns have fired four coaches in the last five years.

Both Schiano and General Manager Mark Dominik were dismissed Monday after a 4-12 season, the team’s third straight losing campaign. Schiano, 47, leaves with a 11-20 record in two seasons.

Just a year removed from an NFC East title, Shanahan’s tenure in Washington ended with a disappointing 3-13 season. Shanahan, 61, leaves with a regular season record of 24-40 and just a single playoff appearance.

The Houston Texans dismissed Gary Kubiak on Dec. 6. There are now six open head coaching jobs in the NFL. 

Kelyn Soong is a news aide, blogger and reporter in the sports section. He currently covers high school and local tennis and has written about a variety of sports.



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Kelyn Soong · December 30, 2013