Today is "Black Monday." For those of you who aren't familiar with it, "Black Monday" is called "Black Monday" because it's the day after the final Sunday of the NFL regular season that routinely features a handful of NFL head coaches getting fired. It's the darkest day on the calendar for a lot of NFL teams.
One NFL team didn't even bother to wait until "Black Monday" to fire their head coach, though. Last night, prior to the official end of the 2013-14 NFL regular season, the Browns fired their head coach Rob Chudzinski. Even though Chudzinski was only with the team for about a year and didn't get very much time to prove himself—he was hired on January 11, 2013—the team's ownership wasn't happy with the eight-game losing streak that the Browns went on to end their season this year. So they gave Chudzinski his walking papers last night before "Black Monday" even started.
"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. "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 step backward in the second half of the year."
And as a result, Chudzinski is the first NFL head coach out of a job following the NFL regular season.
Who's going to be next? Stay tuned.