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The Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions all fired their head coaches on Monday.
According to ESPN, the last place Vikings and Buccaneers let Leslie Frazier and Greg Schiano go, the disappointing Lions dumped Jim Schwartz and the 3-13 Redskins fired Mike Shanahan.
USA Today notes that Shanahan is also the executive vice president of the team and was relieved of those duties as well.
The moves in Tampa Bay and Detroit are not shocking given the expectations both teams had in the offseason and the way things turned out.
The move in Washington was expected after fans watched a disastrous season and a head coach and quarterback debacle play out all year. The move in Minnesota, however, may be a bit surprising.
The Vikings had a disappointing 5-10-1 season, one year removed from finishing 10-6 and making the playoffs in a tough NFC North division. Some analysts believed the 2012 result may have been enough to save Frazier’s job, but the coach’s 21-33-1 record over three seasons could not be ignored.
On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns fired Rob Chudzinski, making him the year’s first head coach casualty.
Several other coaches including the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Gus Bradley, the Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Garrett, and the Miami Dolphins’ Joe Philbin await their fate on Black Monday.
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