Posted December 29, 2013

Rob Chudzinski will reportedly be fired by Browns after just one season

AFC North, Cleveland Browns
Rob Chudzinski is reportedly out in Cleveland after just one 4-12 season.

Rob Chudzinski is reportedly out in Cleveland after just one 4-12 season. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

UPDATE (5:50 p.m. ET): ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the Browns will fire Rob Chudzinski. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport also quotes a source who says the Browns are “likely” to fire Chudzinski, while CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora and NFL Network’s Michael Silver suggest a final decision hasn’t been made.

The Browns cleaned house from top to bottom before the 2013 season, adding executives Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi, as well as offensive coordinator Norv Turner, defensive coordinator Ray Horton and head coach Rob Chudzinski. The former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator stumbled in his new position with two straight losses to begin the season, but managed a 3-5 mark at the season’s half. A series of quarterback injuries that have Brian Hoyer and Brandon Weeden out of the picture (and Weeden probably done with the Browns for good) and an underperforming defense at times have led to a season that will end at 4-12.

“We are so dysfunctional,” a Browns player told Silver. “These billionaires need to pick somebody and stay with them. These aren’t girlfriends, you can’t dump them if they [fail to please you] one time.”


With their 20-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Cleveland Browns lost their last seven games of the season, and there’s a lot of disappointment in the front office of a franchise that hoped for better things.

According to several reports, that could have Chudzinski as a surprise firing when Black Monday rolls around.

Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland, John Clayton of ESPN and SI.com’s own Don Banks are among those reading the tea leaves.

There are some bad vibes indicating uncertainty about the future of #Browns HC Rob Chudzinski. Incredible.

— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) December 29, 2013

Like everyone else, I am hearing Rob Chudzinski could be in trouble after only one season.

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) December 29, 2013

1 more Black Monday item, longtime NFL source told me his surprise vacancy will be Cleveland, with Browns disappointed in Rob Chudzinski.

— Don Banks (@DonBanks) December 29, 2013

“I understood the challenges that we had,” Chudzinski told Tom Withers of the Associated Press earlier this week. “I know what it takes here, specifically. I think, again, I’ll go back to the plan that we have overall as an organization to establish the type of success long term that we want and that that would take some time to get to.

“I know what I signed up for.”

Chudzinski was hoping that the Browns would have a long-term plan in mind after Banner hired him — after all, this is a team that hasn’t had a winning season since 2007, and has lost at least 11 games in each of the last six seasons, including this year. Part of the problem this season is that Cleveland has lost five games in which it has been tied or had the lead going into the fourth quarter.

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“We’ve played well coming into games and starting games and have had good starts and started fast, and we haven’t been able to maintain those leads,” Chudzinski concluded. “Each week, it’s for different reasons. So that’s the difficult thing is to pin one thing down. When you can pin it down to one thing, you can fix it. Sometimes you fix one thing and something else pops up.”

If the Browns did want to make that move, it’s possible that either Turner or Horton could be moved up the food chain.

36 comments
dandogwood
dandogwood

Bill O' Brien is a bum who was made by Tom Brady. Coaches leaving his staff. Billy O is vastly overrated. Penn State wins if Billy leaves.

Thomist1!
Thomist1!

Chud should not go.  He has had horrendous luck at the QB position, and the team still needs help at WR, offensive guard, possibly RB, as well as more help on the DL and secondary.  He is a bright spot and one of the few puzzle pieces already out of the box:  many more need to be added.  But removing him now looks to make the Browns look like an unstable Latin American state where the political regime changes radically every few years (with casualties)... Unless there is something very big that we do not know, Chud should stay. 

letteracing
letteracing

Really? Rob Chudzinski is the problem? I don't know any coach that could have done better with three subpar quarterbacks, one real reciever and no offensive line. The Browns will always be a joke, but I guess we always have next year... another joke!!!

DAN B1
DAN B1

browns ownership is at fault here, not the head coach.


/steelers fan

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Jeez, any team that fires a head coach after one season will NEVER have stability. This is pathetic. If they had Bill Cower, or someone with real credentials in the wings it would be slightly understandable. But if they hire one of these recycled sad sacks just for the sake of change, they are doomed to failure again and again.

SpenceKeech
SpenceKeech

Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi, they traded choices rather than move immediately. How does that put this on the coaches?!

dandogwood
dandogwood

Browns need to hire a coach period.

Cane87
Cane87

He's a Cane.   It must be his fault...

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Yeah.


Hire Turner.


He's won it all everywhere he's been HC!


(Oh. Wait....)

RipsNordic
RipsNordic

All Cleveland sports teams have always been and always will be a joke. The Browneyes will go nowhere. Ever. They need to move this organization to another city and never come back.

EricHuber
EricHuber

I hope that isn't true. He deserves more than one year to turn it around. If not, Banner/Lombardi/Haslam deserve the same treatment. Sell the team to Mark Cuban or Rush Limbaugh for God's sake.

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

Turner or Horton?  You're kidding right.  If was Turner's offense and Horton's defense that both imploded.  If Churzinski goes, they should both go, too.

rickyurko9672
rickyurko9672

You have to agree with me when I say Chudzinski wasn't in their top 5 last year. They settled. Guy holds no one accountable for endless mistakes. And no...Hoyer is not the answer. I hate that we have to do it but we have to find our guy in the draft. Fingers crossed

Mulva
Mulva

I'm hearing Lombardi wants....you guessed it....Josh McDaniels.


So I guess Josh Gordon will be traded for a pair of 4th round picks now....

BillBelcher
BillBelcher

Although Horton and Turner are exceptional coaches, I want Chud to be the main guy.


The mere fact that the Holmgren regime left this roster for him to deal with is reason enough for me.


And let's face it, had Hoyer been healthy, this team is wild card right now.  No offense to Jason Campbell but Hoyer has the quick release and accuracy that was missing with our other options at QB.


Cheer up fellow Browns fans.  Two first round choices means we either get a top tier QB and some help at corner or RB.  No reason to bake this cake too fast.

Matthew W
Matthew W

Guess injuries and not having much time to put his stamp on things doesn't mean anything? Its Cleveland....its going to take a coach a little longer to clean up that waste dump. Give him another year to right the ship.


Some coaches are destined to be lifelong coordinators....there's no shame in that.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

Sorry Browns fans.  I was hoping that with a new owner and new higher ups in place that they'd see the importance of continuity.  Is Joe Banner going to be let go?  No they say?  Then why the coach after one season?  If they fire him after only one season, isn't it an indictment on him for hiring him?


A 3 or 4 yr plan requires exactly that, 3 or 4 years!  Apparently the Browns owner and higher ups thought they had a one year plan.



LorettaButcher
LorettaButcher

dumb asses dont know what they are talking about

pamperofirpo
pamperofirpo

The Hoyer injury was the killer. Weeden is a disaster. Campbell is nothing more than a below average back up. Changing coaches is NOT the answer.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Typical of the dookie Browns hence why they will never have success and a much deserving fan base will never have a winner. I saw a system in which you potentially produced future all pros at receiver and tight end all without a viable qb and a joke of a running game. Have nothing but love for Willis based on ties to the U but seriously?! A running back in his 30's coming off a bad knee injury especially bad for an older running back and he was supposed to be the workhorse. Hiring Lombardi was a joke. Just look at his track record in Oakland and somehow somebody was dumb enough to hire him for NFL management again. I do feel your pain Browns fans but I dont see brighter days ahead unfortunately...

TonyFrenden
TonyFrenden

You can't win without a quarterback.

Thomist1!
Thomist1!

@RipsNordic "Always" been a joke?  Not true.  But the days of the Browns dominance were  early.  Still, as Belechick has commented, everything that every head coach does nowadays was pioneered by Paul Brown.  Absurd to say the Browns have always been a "joke" (unless winning 7 out of 10 championships is a joke, first in the old AAFC which was *better* than the NFL, and then in the NFL, where the first year they destroyed the NFL champ from the preceding year and went on to win the championship).  Nor were the Browns a joke under Collier, nor when Kosar was QB.  Crazy talk.

MichaelWallis1
MichaelWallis1

@EricHuber, do you really think any black players, coaches or front office people will want to work for that racist, sexist, homophobic Rush Limbaugh? He did try to buy the Rams but he's just to controversial and narrow minded to be an NFL owner. 

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

After Lombardi's horrible track record as one of old man Al's yes men, how he weasled his way back to another executive position is well...unexplainable. He was a terrible sports writer who had very remedial opinions that lacked merit...just like he does as an executive.. Sorry Browns fans but darker days are ahead ifnthat is even possible..

EricHuber
EricHuber

M cDaniels already proved he wasn't worth it as a head coach.

MikeMapel
MikeMapel

@BillBelcherHolmgren left them with 6 Pro Bowlers.  It was Banner's offseason Draft and Free Agent signings that sunk the team (McFadden, Mingo, Bess, Kruger, Groves, Campbell).  ALl those draft picks and two in the 1st round mean nothing considering Banner and Lombardi don't know how to assess talent.  Gordon, Cameron, Haden and Ward were Holmgren guys.

Ray1950
Ray1950

@Mulva I should have been clear with the "Josh" comment. 

McDaniels? ... Source?

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Dont fool ur self on that one... It was Bruce Allen that helped Gruden create that renaissance period of the Raiders. All Lombardi did was be a yes man to Al hence why Gruden and Allen were a package deal to Tampa and Lombardi wasnt.