Mean Monday for some

Tampa Bay wasn't the only place where an NFL coaching vacancy opened Monday.

Aside from Greg Schiano, four other head coaches were unemployed within hours of the regular season ending. Also fired Monday were Washington's Mike Shanahan, Detroit's Jim Schwartz and Minnesota's Leslie Frazier.

Cleveland didn't even wait that long, dismissing Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night after one season.

Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls in Denver in the 1990s, spent four seasons with the Redskins and was 24-40. Frazier was 18-33-1 in a little more than three seasons with the Vikings. Schwartz coached the Lions for five seasons, finishing 29-51.

While some of the fired coaches might have seen it coming, Chudzinski certainly didn't despite going 4-12 and losing his final seven games and 10 of 11.

"I was shocked and disappointed to hear the news that I was fired," said Chudzinski, who grew up a Browns fan. "I am a Cleveland Brown to the core, and always will be."

CBS reported that Cleveland is interested in talking to Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and ESPN said they asked the Seahawks for permission to talk to defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. NFL Network reported that they also want to talk to Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Denver's former coach.

Meanwhile, another possible Browns target, Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase, will postpone any interviews while he's in the playoffs, the Broncos said. ESPN also said the Vikings wanted to talk to Gase, whose offense set an NFL record for points with 606 this season.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he's retaining Jason Garrett, whose team has gone 8-8 and missed the playoffs in each of his three full seasons. And the Giants will keep two-time Super Bowl winner Tom Coughlin after a 7-9 mark, only his second losing season in 10 years there.

The Texans started the coaching carousel this month, firing Gary Kubiak. Penn State's Bill O'Brien has interviewed for Houston's vacancy.

Shanahan had one season left on a five-year contract worth about $7 million a season. He blamed salary cap restraints for part of the Redskins' collapse from NFC East champion in 2012 to 3-13 and eight consecutive losses this year.

Frazier took over for Brad Childress in Minnesota for the final six games of 2010. He got to the playoffs as a wild card last season but never solved a bad quarterback situation — three QBs started in 2013 — and the defense, Frazier's specialty, ranked 31st overall and against the pass.

"It's a harsh business," safety Harrison Smith said. "As a player, we all love Coach Frazier, as a coach, as a man. You can't meet a better guy. And also as a player, we didn't make enough plays on the field."

Detroit started 6-3 but fell apart, losing six of its last seven. Schwartz had two years and almost $12 million left on his deal, signed after the Lions hired him to fix a team that went 0-16 in 2008.

"From where we were in 2008 to where we are now it's a big difference," quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "We owe a lot of that to him."

Some assistants also received pink slips:

• Bills wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard, a former Bucs and Florida receiver;

• Falcons defensive line coach Ray Hamilton and offensive line coaches Pat Hill and Paul Dunn.

• Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (the son of the fired head coach Mike), special teams coach Keith Burns, quarterback coach Matt LaFleur, advance scout Larry Coyer, linebackers coach Bob Slowik, defensive assistant Bobby Slowik, wide receivers coach Mike McDaniel and offensive quality control assistant Richmond Flowers.

Mean Monday for some 12/30/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 30, 2013 10:09pm]

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