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Four NFL head coaches fired

By: Associated Press Email
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ASHBURN, Va The Detroit Lions have fired coach Jim Schwartz.

The Lions made the move Monday, one day after they ended their late-season slide with a loss at Minnesota.

Detroit flopped to a 7-9 record this year after a 6-3 record 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.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired coach Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik following a 4-12 finish.

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 over two seasons.

Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a brief statement that the team has "not lived up to our standards" over the past two years and "we believe the time has come to find a new direction."

Tampa Bay lost the first eight games of the season while going through a messy split with former quarterback Josh Freeman and an outbreak of MRSA infections in the locker room.

Dominik was promoted to general manager in 2009. The team went 28-52 in five years under his direction.

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The Washington Redskins have fired coach Mike Shanahan after a 3-13 season.

Shanahan was dismissed Monday after meeting with team owner Dan Snyder.

Shanahan went 24-40 in four years in Washington, but his greater failure was an inability to restore order and professionalism to a franchise that has often been in disarray for the last two decades.

The Redskins finished last in the NFC East in three of Shanahan's four seasons. The outlier was 2012, when a seven-game winning streak at the end of the regular season won the team its first division title since 1999.

Shanahan had one year remaining on his five-year, $35 million contract.

Snyder will now be seeking his eighth head coach for his 16th season as an NFL owner.

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The Minnesota Vikings have fired coach Leslie Frazier a day after they wrapped up a 5-10-1 season.

The Vikings made the playoffs last year but struggled in 2013, unable to find stability at quarterback.

Frazier went 21-33-1 in three-plus seasons.

The firing was announced Monday morning.


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