Shanahan, Schwartz among coaches fired
ASHBURN, Va. — Mike Shanahan’s plan to restore order, professionalism and consistent success to the Washington Redskins disintegrated quickly in 2013, costing him his job Monday a day after the team finished a 3-13 season.
Shanahan was fired after a morning meeting with owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen at Redskins Park, a formality expected for several weeks as the losses mounted and tension rose among Shanahan, Snyder and franchise player Robert Griffin III.
“Redskins fans deserve a better result,” Snyder said in a statement.
Allen then announced a new power structure, saying the team’s next coach will not have the all-encompassing role held by Shanahan. Allen said he has an “open list” as he begins the search for a replacement, including NFL and college coaches, but that he will assume of the duties of having final say over the roster.
Shanahan went 24-40 in four seasons in Washington and had one year remaining on his five-year, $35 million contract.
Snyder is seeking his eighth head coach for his 16th season as an NFL owner – a span that includes just four winning seasons, two playoff victories and seven last-place finishes in the NFC East.
Shortly after his meeting with Snyder, Shanahan made a five-minute statement thanking fans, players, reporters and Snyder. Shanahan did not take questions, and he defended his efforts in rebuilding the Redskins while repeating his assertion that an NFL-levied salary cap penalty hindered his ability to improve the roster even more.
“We’re better off today than we were four years ago,” Shanahan said.
Shanahan’s career regular-season record is 170-138 over 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders, Denver Broncos and Redskins, but his two worst years have come in Washington – 5-11 in 2011 and this year’s 3-13.
Rough finish costs Schwartz his job
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions fired coach Jim Schwartz.
The Lions made the move Monday, one day after they ended their late-season slide ended with a loss at Minnesota.
Detroit flopped to a 7-9 record this year after a 6-3 start put the franchise in a position to win a division title for the first time since 1993.
Schwartz was 29-51 over five seasons, including a 10-6 mark in 2011 that lifted the Lions to their only postseason appearance this century. The former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator was hired in 2009 when Detroit was coming off the NFL’s first 0-16 season. Schwartz had the team going in the right direction during his first three seasons before it took a step back the next two years.
Schiano and Dominik out in Tampa Bay
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired coach Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik following a 4-12 finish that left the team out of the playoffs for the sixth straight season.
The Bucs made the announcement Monday, a day after a season-ending 42-17 loss to the New Orleans dropped Schiano’s record to 11-21 in two seasons.
“The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction,” Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a brief statement.
“Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here,” Glazer added. “We thank Greg for his hard work and effort the past two seasons, but we feel these moves are necessary in order to achieve our goals.”
Frazier done after losing season
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings fired coach Leslie Frazier on Monday morning, one year after they made the playoffs and one day after they finished a 5-10-1 season.
After going 10-6 in 2012, the Vikings regressed this year, done in by a leaky defense and an ongoing inability to find stability at quarterback. Frazier finished 21-33-1 in three-plus seasons.
The 54-year-old Frazier had one season remaining on his contract.
“We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings,” owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement distributed by the team. “He stepped in and established a strong positive culture here, and he has been the consummate professional as our head coach and in this community. Making this change is difficult but what we determined is best for the organization.”