NFL notebook: Handful of coaches axed day after season
By The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Barely 12 hours after the NFL's regular season ended, five coaches were unemployed. Fired on Monday were Washington's Mike Shanahan, Detroit's Jim Schwartz, Minnesota's Leslie Frazier and Tampa Bay's Greg Schiano.
The Cleveland Browns didn't wait that long, dismissing Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night after just one season on the job.
Tampa Bay also fired general manager Mark Dominik.
As searches begin, agents will float the names of their clients — Penn State's Bill O'Brien seems to be the top candidate and has interviewed for Houston's vacancy. The Texans (2-14), who own the top choice in May's draft after losing their final 14 games, fired coach Gary Kubiak late in the season.
Gase to wait
The architect of the most prolific offense in NFL history is postponing any interviews with other teams until Denver's season is over.
The Browns sought permission to speak with Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase about their vacant head coaching position. Gase, however, informed the Broncos' front office he wanted to focus on finishing the job in Denver first.
Garrett will return
Jerry Jones has another offseason to ponder what the Dallas owner called “unthinkable” — three straight season-ending losses that left the Cowboys at 8-8 and out of the playoffs.
Here are his quick takes: Jason Garrett will return, Tony Romo's back is going to be fine and another shuffling of the defensive coaching staff could be coming.
Reed to mull return
Ed Reed is unsure what his football future holds.
The veteran safety would like to keep playing, and for Rex Ryan and the Jets. Retirement can't be ruled out, either, but he expects to be in someone's secondary next season.
No discount for MJD
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew made it clear Monday that his future with Jacksonville will be a fiscal decision, meaning his eighth season with the Jaguars might have been his last.
Jones-Drew likely will test free agency before deciding whether to return to Jacksonville.
Around the league
The Atlanta Falcons fired defensive line coach Ray Hamilton and offensive line coaches Pat Hill and Paul Dunn. ... Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Percy Harvin will practice when the Seahawks return later this week to prepare for their NFC divisional playoff game Jan. 11.
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