TJB’s 2013 Black Monday Tracker

With firings underway, we wanted to keep you updated of all the coaching moves taking place today around the NFL.  

Updated as of 12:25PM

Cleveland Browns:  HC Rob Chudzinski fired [ESPN]
Quick Analysis: This was an odd move by the Browns.  The Browns traded away their feature back and have had rough play at the quarterback spot all season.  While their 4-12 record was a disappointment, Chud was Lombardi (don’t even get me started) and Banner’s guy .. it’s not like he was a holdover.  The front office must believe that the players gave up on their coach to make such a rash move after hiring their coach just one year ago.  It’s a bad look for a franchise that has a history of bad looks.
Potential Replacements: Ray Horton, Josh McDaniels, Bill O’Brien, Lovie Smith, Kevin Sumlin

Minnesota Vikings:  HC Leslie Frazier fired [ESPN]
Quick Analysis: Frazier had a terrible time evaluating his quarterbacks and putting the best foot forward at that position — the Josh Freeman trade reeked of their desperation and their poor execution.  Cordarelle Patterson has proven to be a great find but it is going to be tough to find a replacement among the NFL ranks as the Vikings prepare to move to outdoor games over the next two years while they build a new stadium.
Potential Replacements: Look for the Vikings to look to pull up a college coach as a replacement to Frazier given their total teardown situation

Washington Redskins:  HC Mike Shanahan and some staff fired [ESPN]
Quick Analysis: Tensions all year around the rehabbing RGIII.  Disappointing results in what might be football’s weakest division.  Shutting down of Griffin as the season closed.  Leaked reports about Shanny’s problems with the the frienship of Griffin and Snyder.  Oh and don’t even get me started on the fact that Shanny’s son is his do-nothing coordinator.  Nepotism much?  No one is surprised by this move as Shanahan’s firing has been coming for over a month.  Shanahan might have been the most legitimate hire by Snyder outside of Joe Gibbs, but the team’s collapse has been brutal.
Potential Replacements: It is almost impossible to determine which direction Snyder will go other than you could expect it to be BIG.  At this point I won’t even rule out the exhumation of George Allen Sr.

Detroit Lions:  HC Jim Schwartz has been fired [ESPN]
Quick Analysis: If there was a year to make a move in the NFC North this was it.  With the Bears defense struggling all season and the Packers adrift for more than a month without Aaron Rodgers, this was the Lions chance to assert themselves and it never happened.  While there is some serious talent to work with, the Lions also have a bloated cap come 2014.  Anyone who comes in must know there are going to be some hard choices ahead before challenging Aaron Rodgers in the prime of his career.  As an aside, when the Jets hired Rex Ryan, I was also partial to Jim Schwartz getting a shot … looking back I am pretty glad things didn’t work out that way.
Potential Replacements: Lovie Smith, Jon Gruden, Bill O’Brien

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  HC Greg Schiano and GM Mark Domenik have been fired [ESPN]
Quick Analysis: Schiano seems ill-suited for the NFL and Mark Domenik’s big spending ways haven’t worked at all for the Bucs.  After shipping out Josh Freeman early in the season and relying on Mike Glennon showed some promise, this looks like another tear-down for the Glazer family.  Now that both GM and coach are gone, there’s very little reason for the Bucs to hold onto Darrelle Revis so that Jets third rounder could be in jeopardy of becoming a fourth rounder.
Potential Replacements: A lot will depend on who is calling the shots on hiring a new head coach.  Will it be the new GM or the ownership?  Either way, working with the Bucs isn’t anywhere close to the opportunity it was ten years ago with an extremely competitive NFC South.




13 comments
a57se
a57se

Schwartz has been fired by Detroit, Diominik and Schiano fired in TB.....the heads conitnue to roll and the opportunities continue to open up.

jaym
jaym


@JasonLaCanfora

The Lions have fired coach Jim Schwartz. He will get consideration in Cleveland

juunit
juunit

Hold on to your Revis hats gentlemen. There's been a changing of the guard in Tampa.

greggreen
greggreen

OT: but am i the only one that is hoping the jets resign vlad. even if he doesnt start its good to have a backup that can play guard and tackle and handle himslef.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

I don't think it's odd at all. There's a lot of billionaire owners and impatient fans who chase the next bright shiny object. In that division, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and, to some extent, Cincinnati tend to retain their coaches. while Cleveland changes them like most people change socks.  Pittsburgh, Baltimore and, to some extent, Cincinnati have been pretty successful. Cleveland is a circus. 

levi
levi

Ut oh this is gonna add more wrinkles to shanahans forehead.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@greggreen If we're going to experience growing pains at left guard, I'd prefer to endure them with a second year player rather than one who appears to have maxed out his potential. I'd like to sign a veteran left guard to push Winters or play the position if the light never comes on. (Although I will say this, the Jets ran hard to the left in the fourth quarter yesterday. Maybe Winters lacks technique but has more endurance than the man in front of him) 

juunit
juunit

@rkymtnjet@juunit 

The one thing we definitely do not want, is for them to cut him and either re-sign him or have him go somewhere that isn't the Jets, because then we get a 4th instead of a 3rd plus no Revis. 

I'd be pretty torn on bringing him back, but there's no denying he and a seasoned Milliner would be much better than the CB play from this year. 

greggreen
greggreen

@Jeff E. Guy @greggreen winters should do better after another offseason. im more thinking about colon who before this year had major issues staying healthy and will be 31 next year. having a 25 year old backup who blends well into the starting unit would be a big help in depth next year 

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@juunit @rkymtnjet 

I wonder if it is somehow in the trade agreement that they can't cut and resign him just to avoid giving up the 3rd round pick