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Browns Fire Rob Chudzinski After Just One Season


When the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Cleveland Browns next season, they will have yet another head coach as the team announced Sunday night that Rob Chudzinski has been fired after just one season.

The Browns issued the following statement on their website:

“We appreciate Chud’s passion for the Browns, and we have great respect for him both personally and professionally. We needed to see progress with this football team. We needed to see development and improvement as the season evolved and, unfortunately, we took a concerning step backward in the second half of the year.

“Our fans deserve to see a consistently competitive team. We have high standards, and there’s an urgency for success. When we believed we were not positioned to achieve significant progress in 2014, we knew we had to admit that a change was needed, and move forward.

“Browns fans are the most loyal and passionate supporters in the NFL. We’re fully committed to bringing them the winning football team they deserve.”

The Browns finished the 2013 season with a 4-12 record after starting the season 3-2. They traded away running back Trent Richardson after getting off to an 0-2 start and wound up having to start Jason Campbell at quarterback for most of the season after Brandon Weeden was ineffective and Brian Hoyer was lost for the season with a knee injury.

While I find it hard to feel sorry for the Browns, I do feel sorry for Chudzinski as he was behind the eight ball right from the start. There is obviously more to this story, but for now, the Browns obviously felt that the team was moving in the wrong direction with the young head coach and that direction wasn’t going to change anytime soon.

As far as the rest of the Browns coaching staff goes, for now, they all still have jobs and that includes defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who just a few years ago was the Steelers defensive backs coach. Horton will more than likely be allowed to interview for the job, but odds are good that management already has someone else in mind. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is considered by many to be on the short list of people that the Browns want to talk to and I suspect Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien will be another name on that list.

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  • r4kolb

    Someone tell them we will trade them Tomlin for our pick we gave them for this year back. That way we not only get rid of him we can get the pick back we will lose for his stepping on the field blunder. Oh heck, give us a bag of doughnuts and a bag of balls and it’s a done deal! LOL

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I actually feel bad for Browns fans. Here they have some good players on defense and they usually play well on defense or have for a couple of years now. They went through 3 QB’s this year alone with Hoyer looking good but getting injured. They finished the year with about 4 more losses than teams like the Steelers and Ravens, although those teams have good QB’s.

    The Browns may only need a few more pieces to add to their puzzle to be competitive, yet they get rid of their coach again. They really should give their coaches a few years to implement their ideas. Sad, really, for a storied franchise and city. Losing teams seem to have a quick hook.

  • 20Stoney

    I am to the point that I kinda feel sorry for Browns fans. Really makes you appreciate the stability here.

  • Luke Shabro

    According to a bunch of jackalopes on here we should out Tomlin ASAP so we can join the likes of the Browns in getting a new coach every 2.5 years

  • Alan Felicia

    Not that I agree with you, but, curious to know who would you hire as a replacement?

  • Geoff Cordner

    I hope one of the years the Browns become seriously competitive and the AFC North becomes the best division in the NFL. Doesn’t look like they will be good anytime soon, but who knows..

  • kongmw

    How does the team expect to see continual development and improvement when the owner is so trigger-happy on firing HC every year.

  • srdan

    I’m hungover too, but not delusional.

    We have a top 5 coach in teh NFL.

  • AndyR34

    Himself…obviously!

  • srdan

    It almost feels like the browns interview process is to let someone coach for a year and then assess them.

    I know money is a huge attraction, but if I were an up and coming coach, I would do my best to stay away from their front office. They have no shot of landing a top flight coach. Why would Gruden, Lovie Smith of someone of that caliber even think to subject themselves to this nonsense. They are ruining it for their fans.

  • srdan

    lol duh

  • srdan

    And I hope not. I’ll gladly take the 2 wins a year.

  • srdan

    And this one is really a kick in the balls. The fans really liked him and his fiery nature. He grew up in the area, that can’t be overlooked.

    I agree with you 100% how much we enjoy stability here. I like seeing our coach mature along with our players.

  • srdan

    it’s nonsense. Besides GBs coach, I’m not sure I would rank anyone else over tomlin.

  • Robert Truax

    Please hire Josh mcdaniels, he sucked as a hc.

  • Jon Crissinger

    The Browns have more Pro Bowlers than we do.

  • CrazyTerry

    Why are the browns offensive players angry? If they liked their coach that much, why did they just flat out give up? They made CHris Carter look like an OK LB. That was a pretty awful performance by the Browns in the finale. You give up on your coach, you get him fired.

  • CrazyTerry

    Hell no, He is not top 5. But then again, he is not as bad as they say he is. I say he is above average.

  • srdan

    I’m pretty sure you and I can line up behind Cam Hayward and look decent out there.

  • SumnerYoung

    I feel no sorrow for their fans. They keep getting fed heaping bowls of dung, and they keep coming back for more.

  • r4kolb

    Without actually interviewing people I wouldn’t be able to give you an honest answer. Obviously I’d talk to The Chin to see if he has any interest in coming back. Other then that maybe Dom Capers, The Chin Twin Ken Whisenhunt. Some people think I just don’t like Tomlin for no reason. I’ve posted numerous times in other postings the facts a to why I believe he is not a good coach. This is why I ask Dave to give his opinion on what he and the other Dave think of Tomlin as a coach. I would love to debate the FACTS as to why I say he needs to go but I would need to write an article on it. I’d like to see the facts people see in Tomlin to show their support of him. Like I said I just see A LOT of incompetence in his calls. And those that may want to support him need to give facts as to the last 3 years. 8-8 2 years in row with a top 5 QB is not acceptable.

  • r4kolb

    Not only are you hungover but you must also be high.

  • Jollyrob68

    I’m not trading my coach. I’ll give them you instead for free.

  • r4kolb

    No way is he above average. Average maybe but the 6 time Superbowl Champion Steelers should never settle for average!!!!

  • r4kolb

    Funny. Although I will admit I wouldn’t be stupid enough to walk onto the field during a run back and potentially cost my franchise a draft pick. Also I wouldn’t score when I could run the clock down to where an opponent would have no time to try to drive to tie a game. These are but 2 easy examples of the ignorance of Tomlin.

  • r4kolb

    I’m pretty sure you can’t. Duh

  • r4kolb

    That statement alone tells me how clueless you are.

  • r4kolb

    Your right Luke stick with a coach who took you to 8-8 seasons 2 years in a row. With Ben at QB. With the patsy schedule we had this year. Yup, stick with him so we can say, hey look at us, we may not go to the playoffs and finish .500 but hey we keep our coach for 10 years. So if we go 8-8 next year will that be enough? How many will it take Luke?

  • r4kolb

    Wow….that’s the best you could do? Lame

  • CW

    From reading over some the Browns players post firing statements, you have to wonder how many of their better players want to stay around much longer in Cleveland and how many of them are going to make insane contract demands on the Browns for leverage to get out of that nuthouse.

    From 2008 to 2013 they’ve had five head coaches, counting the new one, with at least three different philosophies for offense and defense each. The guys selected or brought in under Mangini or Crennel probably realize that their best years are going to be wasted starting from scratch yet again and the players taken with Shurmur have to be starting wonder the same.

  • CW

    Rumors were out prior to the game that the Browns were firing Chud. Hard to play a final game when the head coach you’ve been told for the second, third or fourth time in the last few years is the answer to the issues with your team is yet again being fired.

  • srdan

    phew, somebody got her panties an bunch.

  • srdan

    Your beloved Cowher had 3 years in a row 7-9, 6-10, 9-7. I sure am happy that they stood by him. Thoughts?

  • srdan

    I agree with you that Tomlins clock management is questionable. But I think he learned a big lesson in a win with teh packers game. When you hire a 34 year old to coach yur franchise, you have to realistically expect some growing pains. I would have to think that the front office knew this and discussed it prior to the ink drying.

    A lot of the things that you name (not clcok management) is all about perception. I love the fact that cowher stuffed his playbook into the refs pocket, but that could have easily been misconstrued.

  • srdan

    lol

  • r4kolb

    What would make you think he learned anything from the Packers game if he hasn’t learned it from the numerous other times he has failed at it? Also I’m guessing you didn’t read Dave’s older post on Tomlin’s comment on it after the game. “I would” said Tomlin when asked if he would make that SAME decision again after having several hours to reflect on it. Listen I agree he isn’t going anywhere due to the Rooney rule. My question is this, if they go 8-8 next year and again lose to teams they should beat due to being unprepared and the usual Tomlin time management blunders would all you agree it would be time for a change? He is what he is.

  • r4kolb

    How do you know The Chin is my Beloved? Christ is my beloved, my wife is my Beloved, The Chin is my man Love. LOL. 2 of those 3 years his QB was named Stewart, we all know how that went downhill fast. Give Chin Ben and I guarantee you that’s not their record. Thoughts? Like I said srdan facts, know the facts. I don’t trash Tomlin on anything other then the facts. And the facts tell me he will be nothing more then an average to below average coach at best. What do you think he would do with a team like the Browns? Nothing more then Rob Chud did. You go 8-8 with the Steelers roster you sure are not going to win with the Browns.

  • r4kolb

    LOL. I wear boxers. You must have read my post to Wild Bill! LOL

  • srdan

    This is a hard point to argue either way. It can’t be proven. It’s a matter of opinion. I guess I could throw it back at you that cowher went 8/8 with ben his last year.

    Ben is a big reason why we went 0/4, let’s not overlook that.

    I do agree with you that ben is not comparable to stewart,

    I heard a great quote yesterday “the reason mike tomlin is who he is, is because a lot of teams that started 0/4 got their coaches fired this year. His team finished 8-4″ I think Steven A smith said it lol

  • r4kolb

    That was the Chins last year and the year after they won the Super Bowl. A lot of teams have a let down after winning the Super Bowl. Ask the Ravens. Plus he knew it was his last year and the fire just wasn’t there.

  • Yiz

    you wanna give away a coach who has taken your team to two Superbowls (in the last 7yrs) and has had back to back 12 win seasons because of back to back .500 seasons (riddled with injuries & age turnover), you sound like a meathead. It’s ungrateful simple minded fans like you who forget the superbowl winning droughts of the 80’s & 90’s.You complaining about clock management, yet it hasn’t cost us a game, you whine about the stepping on the field incident yet that didn’t cost us a game. I’ll take Coach T because the players and front office believe in him and he didn’t allow a 0-4 team quit.

  • r4kolb

    Yo Jiz, Facts….I Jiz give facts to back it up. Read them, all I ask is Jiz readum. Dum-Dum.

  • r4kolb

    Another thing Jiz. As far as your 0-4 team comment guess what
    coach your team up and have them prepared and you don’t lose to the:
    Titans 7-9, Bears 8-8, Vikings 5-10-1, then go on to lose to the
    Raiders 4-12, Dolphins 8-8 at your house in the snow. Yeah he did a GREAT job. Jiz I just give the truth but obviously “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” Like I said they go 8-8 again next year will that be enough? When will it be enough Jiz?

  • Yiz

    The truth is, his two worst seasons are .500 (Never had a loosing season in 7years). Even The Chin suffered loosing seasons and yet the FO stuck with him. Seems you’ve forgotten that this team has been going through a transformation of old to young players topped with injuries (over this same span), so yes, there will be growing pains. Unlike other teams, the Steelers 3-4 defense is the most complex in the league, hence the reason they normally don’t start rookies, yet this yr they had too or the fact that for most of the season our SS was playing ILB. It’s quite obvious your not aware of these FACTS, considering they directly affect productivity on the field. I see the TRUTH & accept it for what it is, U on the other hand want to can a coach that the majority of players across the league would want to play for & hire who? Wisenhunt (who was beat by Tomlin in a SuperBowl head-to-head). So glad your not making front office decisions.

  • Yiz

    By the way idiot I addressed your so called facts in my original post by stating that none of the blunders you pointed out cost them a game this year. They won the Packer game (the only thing that matters) and stepping on the field isn’t why they lost to the Ravens…smh I see the elevator doesn’t stop at the top floor with you. Ben’s 4 turnovers against the Bears is an example of a reason we lost a game this year.

  • r4kolb

    Jiz I will ask again, if they go 8-8 next year will you still defend him? Or will you just continue to make excuses? Oh that’s right 8-8 is acceptable to you. As I also stated in previous posts Cowher for the record was 15-1 and 11-5 and a Superbowl Win with Ben at the helm. The 8-8 is a push because he knew it was his last year and they came off a Super Bowl win so the fire wasn’t there. Much like the Ravens this year Jiz. Also Jiz Tomlin hasn’t gone through seasons with QB’s named O’Donnell, Stewart, or Tomczak. One more thing Jiz, Cowhers % of losing seasons was 20%, Tomlin’s is 29% and counting. I disagree Tomlin has yet to cost us a game but I really don’t want to research it to prove it to you Jiz however he absolutely has cost them games with his decision making and clock management. Oh yeah, and throw in the fact it looks like he may cost us a draft pick. If the NFL has mercy and doesn’t take it away I’m sure you Jiz will say it’s ok because it didn’t. The fact it’s even a possibility shows his ignorance Jiz. So go spew your Jiz love to someone else.

  • Yiz

    1st off, who is Jiz? it’s YIZ. If they go 8-8 again (which I bet won’t happen), then I will I be looking for change but not by Tomlin, I would expect the front office to step in and do that. I see you still won’t address the BIGGEST reason behind their records the past two years which is the Youth Movement taking place. I realize that in your ideal world, you expect rookies and 2nd yr players to step in and carry the mantle the same way the VETS have however that doesn’t happen in the real world. I guarantee that next years season (barring any unforseen injuries to Big Ben) will result in a better than 8-8 record. As far as u lacking on the facts to point out where Tomlin’s time management has cost us a game, I’ll help u….it hasn’t because if it did the media would have pointed it out for you, as well as David Todd because he always brings it up. As far as the draft pick we might loose, that’s NFL bias because they didn’t snatch a draft pick from the Jets when their strength coach actually kicked a player. But I guess your one of the lost ones who truly think he did it on purpose. So once again what is your premise for dumping a coach who’s never had a loosing season and is 1 for 2 in the SuperBowl….I’m still waiting for your so called FACTS. The Steelers front office is not as naive and foolish as you, they know what kind of coach they have in Tomlin. Even Cowher and the legendary Chuck Noll had loosing seasons but two 8-8 seasons during an overhaul of players (from old to new) is worth firing one of the better coaches in the league…smh. You do realize that there are only a handful of coaches out there with rings on them fingers and even less who have been there twice (just ask Belicheck) but your foolish enough to think that anyone can get there just because they have en elite QB (how is that going for Peyton Manning?). Like I said previously, your an ungrateful fan who takes winning in the nfl for granted. Just ask any player in the league and they’ll let you know that it is not as easy as you think it is.

  • r4kolb

    Jiz if you really got that much wood for Tomlin look at my older posts for reasons I list of his incompetent moves. Without going back and rewatching the games I can’t list them off the top of my head but he is a failure at time management. Man I really would like to but just don’t have the time. Your argument as to youth movement is total foolishness. I guess in Cowhers 15 years they never had any type of youth movement. I notice you didn’t mention the QB’s Cowher had to deal with and the fact he had a better winning percentage then Tomlin. As far as his sideline incident I love how you try to push the blame onto the league. Do you hold him accountable for anything? Not having your team prepared to play the 4-10 Raiders 2 years in a row? Almost losing to the 1-15 Colts during their race for Luck year? Do you remember the year he promised to “UNLEASH HELL”? Then proceeded to lose the next 3 games. His teams always play down to their opponents. That is a sign of a bad coach. I leave you with this, Google or go to youtube and watch the Harrison interview with Gruden. When asked about the 3 different coaches look at Harrisons face and what he says about each one. Heck when he was asked about LeBeau he teared up. What did he say about Tomlin? Uh, he was young as us. Not he was a great motivator, a great game planner, just, Uh, he was young. He’s a politician in a coaches uniform. All he has is the gift of gab and I think that his tireless “Tomlinisms” are getting old with the players. Let’s do this when we go 8-8 next year or worse because you know we have a draft this year and we may actually have some rookies join the team yet again and the “Youth Movement” will be in full array to which you’ll excuse away Tomlin’s incompetence yet again. Trust me I’m as big a Steeler fan as anyone but to see them sinking in the sea of mediocrity knowing Bens window is closing because this fraud of a coach is at the helm is killing me. That’s JIZ the way I see it. Me and many others! The Tomlin supporters are far and few Jiz.

  • Yiz

    Man you’re corny & pathetic, u think ima waste my time going bck & reading ur past comments? U can’t even give me one example of where he cost us a game, instead u compare him to Cowher. Cowher had loosing seasons (more than one) way before he won a superbowl. Tomlin won one in his 2nd yr. U can stand by a man with a better winning percentage, I’ma stand behind the dude going to two superbowls and winning one within his first 5 seasons (&still hasn’t had one loosing season). This proves your incompetence & the fact that u have no valid reason to wanna get rid of a good coach. U come off like an immature individual who can’t prove their argument. U think I defend Tomlin, I don’t need to, The Rooneys are first class and know a winner when they have one. Ur merely an ignorant untrateful fan who wants Cowher back….well that ain’t happening partner. So go cry a river & deal with the fact that Coach Tomlin will continue to be the head coach of Steelers (something that his players love&respect).
    By the way, I’ve heard way more interviews than that short edited response from Harrison on MNF, where he gives praise & respect to Tomlin. Matter of fact Tomlins the reason he didn’t quit after those fines a couple of years ago. And a vote by the players from all o b er the NFL before the season prooved that the majority of players woupd love to play for Tomlin. So he has the respect of his players & other players in the NFL. So u&your so called nonTomlin supporters are minimal in the grand scheme of things. Cause i know ur punkass celebrated when he went to those superbowls or are u dumb enough to think he had nothing to do with it. Ignorance is a bliss&i guess ur ass is knee deep in it.
    Once again ur argument or lack thereoff has been destroyed & dismatled. Don’t bother responding without evidence or proof next time u sound foolish.
    By the way u make excuse for Cowher sayin he had this Qb or didn’t have Ben….its irrelevant, Lovie Smith went to a superbowl with Rex Grossman…hell the Ravens won a superbowl with Trent Dilfer. The point is, players play&coaches put players in the best position to win but players still have to execute&perform. No one stays on top forever but the Steelers will return to greatness in 2014&then u can look for other irrelevant things to pick on Tomlin about.
    By the way I see your Y button doesn’t work cause u can’t get a simple name like Yiz spelled correctly…smh

  • r4kolb

    Jiz um, did you say something? I see your words but all I hear is BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. Look I get it, like I said you have Wood for Tomlin. I’m not gonna waist space on Dave’s server going back and forth. I will end it on this, when we go 8-8 next year I will look you up Jiz. Peace I’m out!

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