Jim Schwartz

Five Coaches Fired On NFL's Black Monday

Shanahan, Schwartz, Schiano, Frazier, Chudzinski fired
Shanahan, Schwartz, Schiano, Frazier, Chudzinski fired

While playoff tickets are being punched on the final Sunday of the NFL regular season, just as many pink slips are being prepared for the following day — known as “Black Monday” in head coaching circles.

This season was no different, as five coaches were fired by their respective teams. Here’s a look at the coaches who comprise this year’s “Black Monday” class. They likely will not be the only coaches fired, but they are the first.

Cleveland Browns

Calvin Johnson Breaks Jerry Rice's Single-Season Receiving Yards Record

Seemingly half-man, half-machine, Megatron is aiming to become the first 2,000-yard receiver ever.
<p> Calvin Johnson Breaks Jerry Rice's Single-Season Receiving Yards Record</p>

Detroit Lions 4-0 For First Time Since 1980

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions on the comeback trail after rallying to beat Dallas Cowboys.
<p> Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions undefeated 4-0 and on the comeback trail after rallying to beat Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings in back-to-back weeks.</p>

by Nathan Rush

Finally healthy, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is leading the race for Comeback Player of the Year by leading Detroit on a series of comebacks.

It looks like the Lions have finally found Bobby Layne’s replacement. And guess what? He’s a Dallas native who went to Highland Park High School, just like the Hall of Famer who led Detroit to three NFL titles in the 1950s.

NFL Preseason Award Predictions

Can Aaron Rodgers add a league MVP trophy to the Super Bowl XLV MVP he won in February?
<p> Aaron Rodgers for MVP, Mark Ingram for Rookie of the Year, Tony Romo for Comeback Player of the Year and much more.</p>

The 2011 NFL season kicks off with a Thursday night showdown between the last two Super Bowl champions, as Super Bowl XLIV MVP quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints march to Lambeau Field to take on Super Bowl XLV MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers — in the first of 256 regular season games that span from Sept. 8 until Jan. 1, 2012.

Before a snap has been taken, Athlon Sports looks into our crystal ball in an attempt to predict who will be award-worthy after the dust settles this season.