They call it Black Monday in the NFL. But I don't remember one this bloody.
Chudzinski. Frazier. Shannahan. Schiano. Schwartz.
Of course, there are surprises. I'm still stunned about Chud, and that Rex Ryan will get another go is surprising. Munchak was a longshot to get canned, and I think the Giants are just waiting for Coughlin to retire.
Sad Chud statement: “I was shocked and disappointed to hear the news that I was fired. I am a Cleveland Brown to the core, & always will be”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 30, 2013
Schwartz was a really, really close call. The management meeting started at 10 am, and we didn't get news until after noon. I went out to grab lunch, figuring that he wasn't going anywhere. But nobody survives the collapse that Detroit just went through. He was first place in the division a month ago.
That makes six head coaching jobs on the table next year, and this is the part of the NFL that's infuriating: who's hired next? And I'm going to lay down odds on new coaches coming in: 3 will be former head coaches (1 of whom was just let go today). 2 will be assistants getting the call up. And only 1 will be a college guy going pro. Yes, Pete Carroll and Chip Kelly have been "success stories", but there's still no more pool of talent more incestuous than NFL head coaches.