Ax falls on Shanahan, Frazier, Chudzinksi, Schwartz, Schiano on Black Monday

Mike Shanahan
Why didn’t you tell me I was fired before I stood out in the rain for four hours yesterday?
Credit: Getty Images

You get fired! And you get fired! And you get fired!

NFL owners made like a very angry Oprah on Monday, handing out pink slips to everyone within shouting distance. This year was supposed to be light on firings, but the day which has come to be known as Black Monday around the league was as dark as ever on Dec. 30.

The Browns got a head start on the proceedings, firing their head coach, Rob Chudzinski, late Sunday night. The NFL is no place for struggles, but the Browns have taken high expectations to stupid extremes by now firing Chudzinski after just one season — on the heels of firing Pat Shurmur after just two. Shurmur will be paid about $2 million next season, while Chudzinski will make close to $10 million over the next three years to NOT coach the Browns. Good luck to whoever’s next.

It was a bad day for many of the coaches on the firing list, but Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan may have been happy just to get away from ultra-controlling owner Daniel Snyder. The Skins apparently kept the media in a room with curtains drawn and told them they couldn’t look out the windows, complete with interns serving as security personnel. Sounds par for the course for Snyder. To be fair, Shanahan basically quit on the team weeks ago and finished his four-year stint in the nation’s capital at 24-40. They went to the playoffs last year, but totally fell apart this season. Robert Griffin III may be holding a party tonight.

The NFC North duo of Leslie Frazier, the Vikings’ head coach who thought Josh Freeman could play quarterback, and Jim Schwartz, who had the misfortune of coaching in cursed Detroit, also were both let go Monday. Both of those jobs are actually pretty desirable. If Minnesota can find a QB, they can be a playoff team, and Detroit has a lot of pieces in place, including a franchise QB, elite defensive line and the best receiver in football.

And the last of five coaches to bite the dust was Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano, who most thought had saved his job by winning three of four games in a stretch over late November and early December. But the Bucs closed out a 4-12 campaign with three straight losses. Apparently that was enough to cost the former Rutgers head coach his job.

But Rex Ryan still has his job. And the Jets players couldn’t be happier.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports. Basically, if you’re a coach and your owner calls today, don’t answer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.

Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Gossip

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

Music

Incubus singer Brandon Boyd on his newest act,…

The rocker is releasing two new passion projects.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

College

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

Career

What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.

Style

Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.

Style

Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.

Wellbeing

Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…