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NFL's "Black Monday" Creates Many Openings

The day after the close of Week 17 of the NFL season is coined Black Monday. It is the day when many teams, specifically those who did not make the playoffs, evaluate their coaching staff as well as their GMs and decide who should stay and who should go.

This season's Black Monday was in no means a quiet one. Six head coaches were fired and one GM was outed as well. Here's a list of all the jobs left open as of December 30, 2012:

  1. Mike Shanahan (Washington Redskins). The Redskins had a disappointing season (3-13) after all the hype created once Robert Griffin III came back from a knee injury occurring last season. Shanahan will still receive his $7 million for the year.
  2. Jim Schwartz (Detroit Lions). After a promising 6-3 start, the Lions dropped six of their last seven en route to a 7-9 record. Schwartz compiled a 29-51 record over five years with the Lions. His .362 winning percentage is the sixth worst win percentage of any NFL coach in their first five seasons.
  3. Greg Schiano (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Over his two seasons in the NFL, Schiano has failed to help the Buccaneers improve. Since he took over the helm, the Buccaneers defense have allowed 8,564 passing yards--the most in the past two years--and an average opponent quarterback rating of 64.2--the fourth highest in the past two years.
  4. Leslie Frazier (Minnesota Vikings). The Vikings had a decent 10-6 record in 2012, but dropped to 5-10-1 in the 2013 season. Another huge issue for the Vikings has been the quarterback situation. Since week 12 of the 2010 season, the Vikings have had seven different starting quarterbacks. The Vikings are hoping to find a head coach who can not only help their quarterback situation, but also increase their defense productivity.
  5. Rob Chudzinski (Cleveland Browns). Chudzinski was ousted after just one season with the team. The team's success seemed to hinge on the starting quarterback. The Browns were 3-0 with Brian Hoyer as the starter. But after his injury on October 3rd, the Browns went 1-12 with starters Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden.

Many of these teams are looking at college coaches as well as offensive and defensive coordinators of the NFL's top teams. It will be interesting to watch the hiring process unfold.

photo credit: NFL Memes (https://www.facebook.com/MEMES.of.the.NFL)

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