Off with Their Heads!: Let the NFL Coach Firings Begin
Rob Chudzinski, Cleveland Browns: Although he wasn’t on too many coaching “hot seat” lists, the Browns gave Chud the heave ho following yesterday’s loss at Pittsburgh. So it’s one and done for a guy who grew up a Browns fan. Wonder how he feels about his favorite team now?
Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins: Shanahan is done in Washington, plain and simple. It’s a wonder that Daniel Snyder didn’t land a helicopter midfield at halftime yesterday in Jersey and had Not-so-Magic Mike airlifted out a la Tricky Dick Nixon.
Rex Ryan, New York Jets: New York tabloid sports reporters’ hearts were all aflutter yesterday afternoon when Jets owner Woody Johnson (still the most hilarious owner name in all of sports) announced that Sexy Rexy would return next season. So it will be one more year of Ryan’s free wheelin’, foot-lovin’, offensive strugglin’ ways in 2014. Yee ha!
Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions: As I recently wrote, Schwartz absolutely has to go. This year was completely set up for the Lions to win the NFC North and they responded by losing six of their final seven. Worse yet, five of those losses were to teams that didn’t make the playoffs. Sayonara, Jimmy! Don’t let Jim Harbaugh pat you on the back on your way out the door.
Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings: This just in, he’s out! I had earlier said that it was probably a good idea for Frazier to go, but I kinda changed my mind this week. The Vikes are a team without a stadium the next two years, playing outdoors at the University of Minnesota’s facility and how many coaches are going to want to come into this somewhat unstable situation? Nevertheless, the Vikes have canned Frazier. Wonder who they have in mind to replace him?
Mike Munchak, Tennessee Titans: Tennessee closed out the season yesterday by beating the terrible Texans finishing with a 7-9 record. Meh. Not so bad considering Chris Johnson was mediocre and Jake Locker once again went down with an injury. I’m guessing Munchie gets another year to make it work.
Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders: The Raiders finished the season losing their last six. Not good. Al Davis would have probably fired Allen after the fourth consecutive loss but it’s anyone’s guess what his strange offspring, Mark, will do.
Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Apparently his job is safe, but why? Didn’t the Bucs finish 4-12? Don’t all of his players hate him? Will he jump ship to Penn State if Bill O’Brien, the frontrunner for many NFL coaching jobs, takes one? Say what you want about Schiano, he keeps things interesting.
That’s about it. Unless he asks out, Tom Coughlin probably should stay with the Giants. And Jerry Jones is never quick to admit a coaching mistake so he’ll stick with Jason Garrett. Whatever the case, it should be a busy day.