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NFL: A Black Monday scorecard

It's the Monday after the final game of the NFL regular season, and we all know what that means: A low-pressure system has moved in over the Shield, producing a hard rain of pink slips.

None of them but one registered as a surprise.

Mike Shanahan was so gone in Washington, a lot of folks were surprised he hadn't already gotten the gate before it finally happened Sunday. Same with Jim Schwartz in Detroit after the Lions, arguably the most talented team in the NFC North, went big-time in the tank down the stretch and missed the playoffs.

Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay was on life support from the moment he got cross-wise with his quarterback, Josh Freeman, and sent him packing for rookie Mike Glennon. And when the Vikings went 5-10-1 on the heels of 10-6, there went Leslie Frazier.

The only real surprise was Rob Chudzinski, let go after just one year on the job in Cleveland. True, the Brownies did go 4-12, but Chudzinski was taking over a franchise that hadn't won more than five games in a season since 2007. That's a lot of deeply rooted losing to dig up in just 365 (actually, 352) days.

But it's also par for the course in Cleveland, where the Browns braintrust, if it can be called that, will go looking for a new coach for the fourth time in six years. Which goes a long way toward explaining why they've had two winning seasons since 1994.

Ben Smith's blog.