The Detroit Lions fired coach Jim Schwartz on Monday following a late-season meltdown, becoming the latest in a wave of newly-jobless NFL head coaches.
Detroit had a 6-3 record following a win in Chicago on Nov. 10, but lost six of its last seven games to finish a disappointing 7-9.
The Lions appeared to be a team on the rise after reaching the playoffs in 2011 with a 10-6 record behind a young nucleus. The club, however, won only four games the next season and squandered a prime opportunity to seize control of a weakened NFC North this year.
Schwartz took over the Lions in 2009 and inherited a team coming off the only 0-16 season in NFL history. He finished his five-year tenure with a 29-51 record and one winning season.
The Washington Redskins fired head coach Mike Shanahan after four seasons following a disastrous 3-13 campaign.
The Redskins closed the season with eight straight losses in 2013, following a surprising NFC East title in 2012. Shanahan’s tenure in Washington ended with a mark of just 24-40.
Three of Shanahan’s four years in the nation’s capital ended with losing seasons. After records of 6-10 and 5-11 in Shanahan’s first two years, the Redskins turned it around behind rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2012.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a fresh start in 2014, as both head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik were fired on Monday.
Dominik had been part of the Bucs’ organization since 1995 and had just completed his fifth season as the club’s GM. He brought in Schiano before the 2012 campaign and the Bucs were just 11-21 in his brief two-year tenure.
This year’s squad opened with eight straight losses and finished 4-12.
The Minnesota Vikings fired head coach Leslie Frazier after Minnesota reached the playoffs last year, but regressed in 2013 with a mark of 5-10-1. The Vikings were 21-32-1 in Frazier’s three-plus seasons at the helm.
Frazier took over as interim head coach for the final six games of the 2010 season after Brad Childress was fired. The Vikings went 3-3 under Frazier as interim coach and 3-13 in his first full year before turning it around with a 10-6 mark in 2012.
However, this year’s squad struggled at the quarterback position with Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman each taking turns as the starter. The defense was also a concern as the Vikings yielded a league-high 480 points this season.
The Cleveland Browns fired Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night, saying they didn’t see enough improvement in his one season as coach.
The Browns announced Chudzinski was out just hours after a season-ending 20-7 loss to Pittsburgh dropped them to 4-12.
When Chudzinski was named coach in January, he said he looked forward to the opportunity to turn the team he rooted for growing up into a winner again.