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.