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5 coaches fired for failing to reach playoffs

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired their coaches Monday after enduring miserable NFL seasons, joining the Cleveland Browns in seeking new direction in 2014.

The Browns began the sacking parade on Sunday dumping Rob Chudzinski after one season just hours after Cleveland lost 20-7 to Pittsburgh to conclude a 4-12 campaign.

On Monday, the axe fell for Washington's Mike Shanahan after a 3-13 season, Detroit's Jim Schwartz following a 7-9 campaign and Minnesota's Leslie Frazier after the Vikings went 5-10 with one draw.

The Buccaneers, owned by the same Glazer family that owns English Premier League side Manchester United, went one better, firing both general manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano after a 4-12 season that began with eight losses in a row and ended with three defeats in a row.

“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,” said Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer.

Dominik had been with the team since 1995 and spent the past five years as general manager, hiring Schiano before the 2012 season. But the Bucs went 11-21 in his tenure.

“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 said. “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.”

The Redskins lost their final eight games of the season to all-but seal Shanahan's fate just one year after Washington went 10-6 and captured the NFC East title. The Redskins were 24-40 overall under Shanahan with only one winning season.

“Redskins fans deserve a better result,” said Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. “We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team and my pledge to this organization and to this community is to continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs.”

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Former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan walks away from the podium after making a statement after he was fired, at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia on Monday, Dec. 30. Shanahan was fired after a morning meeting with owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen. (AP)

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