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Browns would hardly be the first to fire a first-year coach


Even though it’s premature (we’re told) to conclude that he’ll be fired, it doesn’t look good for first-year Browns coach Rob Chudzinski.  Per a league source, it’s now “likely” Chudzinski will be fired.

If as it appears Chudzinski ends up being fired, he won’t be the first-year coach to get fired.

Last year, the Jaguars fired Mike Mularkey after only one year on the job. In 2011, Hue Jackson got dumped by the Raiders after one season as the non-interim head coach. In 2009, Jim Mora (the Younger) was one-and-done in Seattle.

In 2007, the Dolphins hired Cam Cameron. And then they fired him after one year.

Other one-and-out coaches since 1980 include Art Shell (Raiders, 2006), Marty Schottenhimer (Washington, 2001), Al Groh (Jets, 2000), Ray Rhodes (Green Bay, 1999), Joe Bugel (Raiders, 1997), Pete Carroll (Jets, 1994), Richie Petitbon (Washington, 1993), Rod Rust (Patriots, 1990), and Les Steckel (Vikings, 1984).

Thus, while unusual it’s not rare. And it’s definitely not unprecedented.

As of Monday, chances are another name will be added to the list, even though a final decision hasn’t been made.

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33 Responses to “Browns would hardly be the first to fire a first-year coach”
  1. The Pittsburgh Steelers overcome. We always overcome. The prophecy endures. says: Dec 29, 2013 6:38 PM

    Meanwhile, the Steelers are marching towards yet another championship. Oh, life is good.

  2. mancave001 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:38 PM

    That would be nuts. The current regime picked him, and he’s had very little to work with. They haven’t had a QB or a RB, and dealt with injuries and suspensions earlier. I can’t believe Banner would be that rash.

    –Eagles Fan

  3. billybarrule says: Dec 29, 2013 6:38 PM

    Les Steckel was a genius a la Belichek

  4. redfield11 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:39 PM

    The problem is that they’ve had 3 coaches since 2009, not just this one firing…

  5. randomcommenter says: Dec 29, 2013 6:40 PM

    Note the raiders, redskins and jets appearing multiple times. Not a good club to be in.

  6. therealzeitgeist says: Dec 29, 2013 6:41 PM

    Look at the list of one-and-done coaches above. Virtually all are from organizations with miserable front offices who have institutionalized a losing culture deep into the franchise DNA.

    Oh wait, we’re talking about the Browns.

  7. mantastic54 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:41 PM

    Other than Seattle, that isn’t exactly the most stable list of organizations that have pulled the plug after one year recently

  8. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Dec 29, 2013 6:41 PM

    Should be noted that Al Grog resigned to coach at his alma mater, the University of Virginia.

    Had that not happened UVA likely would have hired a guy some of you may have heard of- Jerry Sandusky.

  9. ottawabrave91 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:41 PM

    you forgot chiefs fired Romeo crennel after 1 non interim year last year

  10. jjackwagon says: Dec 29, 2013 6:42 PM

    If they would get Chud a legit starting QB, this team has possibilities, but it would be more in character for the Factory of Sadness to fire him.

  11. natijim235 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:43 PM

    organization is the laughing stock of nfl – bengals used to be right with them but bengals finally have continuity keeping same coaches and players plus hit jackpot in the last 4-5 drafts….browns make so many changes year in year out that they’ll always suck

  12. amgdds says: Dec 29, 2013 6:43 PM

    Rod Rust was on the cusp. Just needed more time.

  13. pdmjr says: Dec 29, 2013 6:45 PM

    Cleveland will never win again.

  14. northsidesteel says: Dec 29, 2013 6:46 PM

    If true, I think it’s a mistake. This guy created a team that is on the rise despite injuries and the loss of a #1 running back. I really thought this front office knew what they were doing.

  15. penndawg says: Dec 29, 2013 6:46 PM

    I’m convinced that all major decisions within the front office of this organization is done with the help of a Magic 8 Ball.

  16. flavordave says: Dec 29, 2013 6:46 PM

    Joe Banner does not possess good judgment. I felt bad as an Eagles fan when I watched all the Browns fans get excited that he was coming their way. They had no idea what Joe Banner really is. A weasly little tyrant that makes bad personnel decisions.

  17. pike573 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:46 PM

    I don’t even remember Rod Rust

  18. isuhuskie says: Dec 29, 2013 6:50 PM

    You never know until you get a guy in the building what he’s really like. I’m not saying Cleveland can’t be doubted for making this move, but it could be a case of the relationship not working and why go through another year if it’s clear you think you made a mistake? It also could be someone that was not available last year is now available.

  19. onderin says: Dec 29, 2013 6:56 PM

    I don’t like seeing the Raiders in there so many times. Geez that’s depressing.

  20. brooklyn40niner says: Dec 29, 2013 7:02 PM

    Browns=Raiders of the Midwest

  21. patillac says: Dec 29, 2013 7:05 PM

    I don’t recall anyone in Cleveland being excited for Banner. Not one.

  22. jayquintana says: Dec 29, 2013 7:06 PM

    Wow, had no idea there were that many one and done coaches.

  23. pfic15 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:19 PM

    Why? Team is garbage. Need more than “a” year.

  24. bridawg29 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:21 PM

    flavordave says:
    Dec 29, 2013 6:46 PM

    Joe Banner does not possess good judgment. I felt bad as an Eagles fan when I watched all the Browns fans get excited that he was coming their way. They had no idea what Joe Banner really is. A weasly little tyrant that makes bad personnel decisions.


    Trust me, we didn’t ALL get excited. Especially when Mike Freakin’ Lombardi was added to the mix. Funny how “they” can trade away our RB, replace him with a senior citizen, provide no real OL depth, no true FB, no second CB, nothing @ WR behind Gordon, blow their limited draft picks, whiff and overspend in free agency (Kruger & Bess) and then after playing through 3 QBs determine “uh, it’s all Coach’s fault”. Only In Cleveland.

  25. steelerrc says: Dec 29, 2013 7:22 PM

    That is why they are the Cleveland Browns….4-12 every year….

  26. lucimorland says: Dec 29, 2013 7:25 PM

    Meanwhile, word from Detroit is they might actually keep Schwartz.

    Chuds could take the Lions to 11-5, but he gets fired. Schwartz flipped off the fans, told them to F off (last week), destroyed what had been a good offense, called time outs on extra points (this week and it wasn’t the first time), etc etc etc.

    Think the Browns have it rough? At least they’re part of the Elway Drive and other story lines. Sure they lost. The Lions never even get there.

  27. Phil says: Dec 29, 2013 7:26 PM

    How do you fire the head coach after one season, when you traded his starting running back, one of the few offensive stars on the team?

    Signed not a Browns fan.

  28. stephenolszewski says: Dec 29, 2013 7:28 PM

    I’m against firing Chud in his first year but his game plan is questionable, started Weeden in beginning of the year when Hoyer was doing well in practice and every Cleveland sports writer said how well he looked so obviously if they saw it the coaches had to. Still they trot Weeden out and got burned. Then they sign McGahee and start him over Bobby Rainey.

  29. gochargersgo says: Dec 29, 2013 7:49 PM

    Steelers are marching towards another championship. It will be a year and two month march, though….

  30. youcantmakemepickausername says: Dec 29, 2013 8:02 PM

    Ah yes, pete Carroll let go after one year with the Jets because Leon Hess (at least I think that’s who their owner was at the time) wanted to go all in and bring in a legendary coach that became available by the name of, wait for it……Richie Kotite!!

  31. joeyashwi says: Dec 29, 2013 8:16 PM

    The two worst coaches in Vikings history are both named Les. Coincidence? I think not.

  32. realfootballfan says: Dec 29, 2013 9:42 PM

    I remember when Petitbon got that Washington job. Everyone thought he was a shoe in as Gibbs successor, well until he started coaching. Also, Groh was not a firing, he quit to take the University of Virgninia job.

  33. bayoor75 says: Dec 29, 2013 11:36 PM

    Yes, he’s not the first first-year coach to be fired…BUT the difference is that his team actually improved tremendously from previous years. The defense played hard all through the season and the offense did show some structure – if only they had enough quality personnel to execute. Lack of quality players can only be blamed on the front office and NOT the coach.

    Also, he went 3-0 when he had a decent QB (Hoyer). Weeden (Blaine Gabbert remix) is an indictment of the front office and they should man up and take the blame for that.

    Continuity is sometimes overlooked in the “right now” mentality of the NFL. Rivera and Kubiak are 2 coaches with unimpressive results in their first 2 years who went on to enjoy success later.

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