You're Fired! Schwartz, Shanahan Top List of Ousted NFL Coaches

Now that the NFL regular season is over, the annual coaching carousel has begun.

By Jim Iovino
|  Monday, Dec 30, 2013  |  Updated 4:02 PM EDT
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The Minnesota Vikings axed coach Leslie Frazier, the Washington Redskins said so long to Mike Shanahan, and the Detroit Lions parted ways with Jim Schwartz.

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Down goes Frazier. And Shanahan. And Schwartz, Chudzinski and Schiano, too.

The NFL regular season ended Sunday, and while playoff-bound teams are focused on their opponents, those teams that did not make the cut have started to cut ties with the men in charge.

The Cleveland Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski Sunday night, paving the way for more moves on Monday. The Minnesota Vikings axed coach Leslie Frazier, the Washington Redskins said so long to Mike Shanahan, the Detroit Lions parted ways with Jim Schwartz and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave Greg Schiano his walking papers.

Shanahan was another in a long line of flashy-but-disappointing hirings by owner Daniel Snyder. Shanahan was the seventh coach since Snyder bought the team in 1999. He and his entire coaching staff -- including son Kyle, who was the team's offensive coordinator -- were fired Monday after a disappointing 3-13 season that also saw the benching of star quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Shanahan, who still had one year remaining on his contract, went 24-40 in his four-year tenure in Washington. The team finished last in the NFC East in three of those seasons.

The NFL coaching carousel may not be done yet, as several other teams could can their coaches soon.

Detroit fired Schwartz after another disappointing season with no playoff appearance. Schwartz had plenty of stars on his roster, including quarterback Matthew Stafford,  receiver Calvin Johnson (a.k.a. "Megatron") and defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, but couldn't find a way to win a depleted NFC North Division.  The Lions started the season 6-3, but lost six of their last seven games, including the final four.

Tampa Bay let Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik go after a 4-12 campaign, but Schiano may not be out of work for long if rumors turn into reality. He has been rumored to be a candidate for a potential opening at Penn State if current Nittany Lion coach Bill O'Brien heads for an NFL opening -- possibly Houston, where the Texans relieved Gary Kubiak of his duties before the season ended.

Others who could see their tenures come to an end include Dennis Allen in Oakland, Joe Philbin in Miami and Mike Munchak in Tennessee.

And then, of course, there is Jason Garrett, the leader of the Dallas Cowboys who couldn't pull off a win on Sunday Night Football against the Eagles to make it to the postseason. Would owner Jerry Jones go in a new direction? Or will he remain status quo with hopes of Garrett finally turning things around next season?

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