Twitter's top trend all day today, Monday, December 30, has been the hashtag #BlackMonday. A term given to the day after the last Sunday in the NFL season, when NFL head coaches who did not do so well during the season are usually fired. The day is usually a turbulent one for many NFL organizations, and today has not been any different; as five NFL coaches have already been let go.
Below is a list of coaches who have been given the axe, so far, and will be updated throughout the day as more come in:
Rob Chudzinski (Cleveland Browns):
Possibly the biggest surprise of Black Monday was the firing of Cleveland Browns coach, Rob Chudzinsiki. Chudzinski was only in his first season of coaching the Browns, but had already gained the respect of his team. Leading many of the senior players on the roster to boast their disagreement with the decision to let Chudzinski go.
The Browns had three starting quarterbacks in Chudzinski's first year for various reasons; not a good recipe for success for any coach. Consequently, they finished with a 5-11 record in 2013.
Jim Schwartz (Detroit Lions):
Schwartz was in his fifth season as head coach of the Detroit Lions. Despite getting off to a 6-3 start this year, the Lions went 1-6 in their last seven games and missed making the NFL playoffs. Schwartz took a Lions team that went 0-16 in 2008 to the playoffs in 2011, but failed to make the playoffs the last two years.
Greg Schiano (Tampa Bay Buccaneers):
Schiano completed his second season as head coach of the Bucs' with an 11-21 overall record. Schiano's tenure with Tampa has been mired in controversy as to his coaching tactics, culminating in Schiano ousting star quarterback, Josh Freeman, in the beginning of this season. The decision left many pundits and fans scratching their heads as to why Schiano benched, and ultimately, let go of Freeman. In the end, it was discovered that Freeman had an addiction to the ADHD drug, Adderall, but the NFL Player's Association filed a grievance claiming Schiano had leaked the information and violated Freeman's right to privacy.
Leslie Frazier (Minnesota Vikings):
After leading the Vikings to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth in 2012, the Vikings let go of Frazier after a 5-10-1 season and last place finish in the NFC North in 2013. The Vikings season had been plagued by an injury to star running back, Adrian Peterson, and a second-to-last passing defense in the league. Surprise 2012 quarterback Christian Ponder sputtered out in 2013, leaving the offense to struggle under backup Matt Cassel.
Mike Shanahan (Washington Redskins):
Perhaps the biggest self-destruction story of the 2013 season has been that of the Washington Redskins. After a playoff run in 2012, and an injury to but subsequent quick recovery of star quarterback, Robert Griffin III, the Redskins struggled to find their form this year. After Griffin's slow start coming back from the injury, he was benched in favor of backup, Kirk Cousins; however, the Redskins still lost their last eight games in a row. The handling of Griffin's recovery from injury, with some speculating he started playing too soon, has been cited as one of the biggest reasons for Shanahan's dismissal this year.
What has been the biggest surprise for you so far this season? Leave a comment below and let us know what your take is.