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Black Monday starts early; Zorn gets the ax

To the surprise of no one, Redskins coach Jim Zorn has been shown the door. The team made it official shortly after 7 a.m., although you could see this one coming for months.

The Redskins completed a dismal 4-12 season with a loss in San Diego yesterday, and it wasn't long after the team touched down from their cross-country flight that Zorn was given his walking papers.

The Redskins will now focus on hiring Mike Shanahan, the former Broncos' head coach. There has been speculation that team owner Daniel Snyder is prepared to offer Shanahan as much as $10 million per season.

So, who's next?

Well, this is what they call Black Monday, the day when several NFL coaches get their walking papers. On the hot seat: Eric Mangini in Cleveland, Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville, John Fox in Carolina (although he has been invited back for the final season on his contract), Raheem Morris in Tampa, Lovie Smith in Chicago, Gary Kubiak in Houston, and Tom Cable in Oakland. The Bills won't retain interim coach Perry Fewell, who stepped in after Dick Jauron was fired.


(*Update: According to the Houston Chronicle, Texans' owner Bob McNair said yesterday that Kubiak will be retained for the fifth and final year of his contract, and that it's possible he could receive an extension later this month. Kubiak led the Texans (9-7) to their first winning season in their eight-year existence with a 34-27 win over the Patriots yesterday, but the Jets' blowout victory last night ended their playoff chances. Kubiak is 31-33 in his four seasons at the helm.)

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