The Cleveland Browns changed uniforms to start the season and their coach and general manager to end it. Hours after a 28-12 season-ending loss to Pittsburgh, owner Jimmy Haslam fired coach Mike Pettine and General Manager Ray Farmer.
It's almost a tradition. Pettine went 10-22 in two years, dropping 18 of his final 21 games after a promising 7-4 start in 2014. Pettine's job security had been in doubt for months, and not even Haslam's vow at the start of training camp not to "blow things up" could stop another regime change in Cleveland.
Pettine was the team's seventh full-time coach since 1999, and the team has changed coaches and GMs five times since 2008.
A former defensive coordinator, Pettine's ouster can be partly linked to the performance of his defense, which ranked at or near the bottom in the league in nearly every statistical category.
Once the Browns have their coach, they will then hire a GM. Haslam said Sashi Brown was promoted to vice president of football operations and will have control over the roster.
Jim Tomsula was fired by the San Francisco 49ers after one disappointing season as coach, with an announcement just more than two hours after the season finale.
Elevated from his defensive line coaching duties in an unconventional, surprising promotion by CEO Jed York last January, Tomsula went 5-11 as the 49ers missed the playoffs for the second season in a row. They were 8-8 a year ago in then-coach Jim Harbaugh's fourth season before his "mutual" parting with the franchise, as the team described it.
York was scheduled to address the media Monday morning.