One of the most infamous days in the NFL calendar year is dubbed "Black Monday," the day following the end of the regular season when multiple coaches are annually fired.
The Cleveland Browns got a jump on the action by firing Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night following just one season. Not long after business hours began on the East Coast, the Minnesota Vikings' Leslie Frazier and the Washington Redskins' Mike Shanahan joined the unemployement line.
The status of Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, Joe Philbin with the Miami Dolphins and Mike Munchak with the Tennessee Titans remains up in the air.
The Sports Xchange tracks all the breaking news in its Coaching Carousel.
Cleveland Browns: Rob Chudzinski was fired Sunday and the Browns will begin searching for the eighth coach in 16 years.
"We appreciate Chud's passion for the Browns, and we have great respect for him both personally and professionally," the team said in a statement late Sunday. "We needed to see progress with this football team. We needed to see development and improvement as the season evolved and, unfortunately, we took a concerning step backward in the second half of the year.
"Our fans deserve to see a consistently competitive team. We have high standards, and there's an urgency for success. When we believed we were not positioned to achieve significant progress in 2014, we knew we had to admit that a change was needed, and move forward.
"Browns fans are the most loyal and passionate supporters in the NFL. We're fully committed to bringing them the winning football team they deserve."
Multiple outlets reported Chudzinski was in dire straits before FOX's Jay Glazer said Sunday night that the coach demanded a Monday meeting with team decision-makers be moved up to Sunday night. Ninety minutes later, the team had made the move official.
On Monday, Chudzinski met with the team and didn't hide his emotions, according to players.
"I was shocked and disappointed to hear the news that I was fired. I am a Cleveland Brown to the core, and always will be," he said in a statement issued through the team. "It was an honor to lead our players and coaches, and I appreciate their dedication and sacrifice. I was more excited than ever for this team, as I know we were building a great foundation for future success. While clearly I would have liked to see the long-term vision through to the end, I am very grateful to Jimmy Haslam and the Haslam family for letting me live my dream."
--The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported that Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase would be a candidate, citing team sources.
--The Boston Globe reported Josh McDaniels was likely to be recommended by general manager Mike Lombardi.
--ESPN Cleveland reported Lombardi would seek an interview with ESPN analyst Jon Gruden. Gruden was head coach in Oakland when Lombardi worked under Al Davis in the scouting department.
Detroit Lions: Jim Schwartz was fired after compiling a 29-50 record in five seasons.
According to the NFL Network, it remains possible that the Lions' entire front office will be replaced following the Lions' 7-9 season, which included a 14-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
NFL Media columnist Michael Silver said Bill Ford Jr. will make the decision on Schwartz and general manager Martin Mayhew.
"I'd certainly like to be back," Schwartz said Sunday before learning his fate Monday morning. "I think we have unfinished business here. (But) we can't worry about decisions that we don't make."
Houston Texans: Penn State's Bill O'Brien emerged as the favorite to replace Gary Kubiak, but owner Bob McNair is moving forward with multiple interviews with other candidates this week, a source told The Sports Xchange on Saturday night.
In O'Brien's case, money is an issue. Although Penn State reduced his buyout from $19.33 million to about $6.48 million, the coach and the NFL team are seeking common ground on salary, according to the source, who added that a deal may be close.