The flurry of firings this week — in Detroit, Cleveland, Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Washington, which followed the firing in Houston a few weeks ago — wasn’t completely out of the norm, but it was a harsh reminder of how difficult life is in the NFL. “Difficult” is a relative term, of course, considering these guys are compensated plenty, as evidenced by the more than $10 million that will still go to Rob Chudzinski over the next few years. But still, the pressure to win at least eight games a year — no matter how terrible your inherited team may be — is so great that it doesn’t matter if you’re a relative unknown like ol’ Chud or if you’re a two-time Super Bowl-champion head coach like Mike Shanahan. If you don’t get the job done, you’re toast "
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