29 Dec 2013
So, once again this year we'll provide one thread for discussion of Black Monday firings and prospective hirings around the NFL. We're actually throwing this up Sunday night because the word is already out that the Browns are firing Rob Chudzinski after just one year. Very few people seem to understand this one. There has to be some sort of story here, because the Browns were pretty reasonable for a team that had no real quarterback. Usually, the only time you see a guy get fired after a year is if a new general manager comes in and wants his own guy. (That's why Mike Mularkey went in Jacksonville, for example, and Hue Jackson in Oakland the year before.) This firing certainly doesn't do anything for the popular belief that the Browns organization is a mess where we have no idea who is in charge, because you have to wonder: Is the person who made the final decision to hire Chud also the person who made the final decision to fire him?
Other rumored firings include Jim Schwartz and Mike Shanahan, and we'll add links as news comes in Monday.
The Vikings have fired Leslie Frazier.
The Redskins have fired Mike Shanahan.
UPDATE (1142 ET):
The Buccaneers have fired Greg Schiano and GM Mark Dominik.
UPDATE (1209 ET): The Lions have fired Jim Schwartz.
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