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.