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Report: Browns will fire Rob Chudzinski

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Rob Chudzinski is reportedly going to be one-and-done in Cleveland.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Chudzinski will be fired after finishing his first season as the Browns’ head coach. However, PFT has been told that while it doesn’t look good for Chudzinski, the report that the Browns have already decided to fire him is premature.

Although the Browns were far from a good team this season — today’s loss drops them to 4-12 — the decision to fire Chudzinski comes as a surprise. Coaches usually get at least a couple years to implement their own way of doing things and show they can build a winner, and considering how bad the Browns were when Chudzinski arrived, it’s odd that Chudzinski can’t get a second season on the job.

But there were rumblings in Cleveland that the front office wasn’t pleased with the way Chudzinski was doing things, and so his first season in Cleveland will be his last. The Browns will join the Texans — and likely a few other teams — in looking for a new head coach.

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  1. green41563 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:57 PM

    What a terrible, terrible organization.

  2. hyprcaffeinated says: Dec 29, 2013 5:58 PM

    Dan Snyder, impressed by the fine work he did with Cam Newton, will hire him as the next coach of the Redskins.

  3. qweststrike2008 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:59 PM


    This guy had zero to work with once his top QB went down.

  4. jakec4 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:59 PM

    No coach worth anything wants that job.

  5. trbowman says: Dec 29, 2013 5:59 PM

    Dumb move by a dumb organization.

  6. trbowman says: Dec 29, 2013 6:00 PM

    I’d have a good laugh if Josh McDaniels becomes the next coach there. Guy is terrible.

  7. bucrightoff says: Dec 29, 2013 6:00 PM

    You notice how the good organizations aren’t firing coaches every 2 years?

  8. bringbackkosar says: Dec 29, 2013 6:01 PM

    write Bill Cowher the big check

  9. The Pittsburgh Steelers overcome. We always overcome. The prophecy endures. says: Dec 29, 2013 6:01 PM

    The cycle continues…

  10. tralfaz1127 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:02 PM

    Tressel. Enough said

  11. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:03 PM

    Wow. Just wow.

    The Factory of Sadness is in full production mode.

  12. rcali says: Dec 29, 2013 6:03 PM

    Uh oh, does that mean that the rebuilding process will start again at year 1 next year?

  13. ballboy48 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:03 PM

    It is what it is. You’re as good as your record says. There has to be more to this, than what’s on the surface. Did a coach that is not coaching, tell them he’s coming back? Who knows!

  14. johnnyb216 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:03 PM

    Black Monday!!! Gotta love it!!!!

  15. drs76109 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:04 PM

    Joe Banner is there. That’s all you need to know.

  16. djshnooks says: Dec 29, 2013 6:04 PM

    I’m wondering if Buffalo should do the same with Marrone, and elevate Mike Pettine to Head Coach…before they end up losing him to another team.

  17. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 29, 2013 6:05 PM

    I told people all year that the Browns were a QB away from being a decent team. Now they are a QB, a HC and two years away.

  18. johnnyb216 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:05 PM

    The raiders of the Midwest!!!

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 29, 2013 6:06 PM

    Still don’t understand how Lombardi got the job, didn’t they listen to this guy while he was on TV? All he did was showcase reasons why he wouldn’t make a good GM. The should have figured that out without having to spend a dime. Just pathetic, they deserve to be in the cellar.

  20. bigbensucks says: Dec 29, 2013 6:06 PM

    The front office should fire themselves instead, not Chud.

  21. matts100kchallenge says: Dec 29, 2013 6:06 PM

    Still recovering from “the pretender,” Mike Holmgren.

    Money poorly spent. Cleveland deserves better.

  22. peed1 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:06 PM

    Did not know Cleveland had a coach or a NFL team for that matter.

  23. realfootballfan says: Dec 29, 2013 6:06 PM

    He must be a disaster behind the scenes. There is no other explanation because these people hired him.

  24. cardmagnet says: Dec 29, 2013 6:07 PM

    Why? He was set up for failure, coming into a franchise that’s perennially been one of the worst in the NFL. You need more than one year to recover from something like that.

    He’s been plagued by injuries at quarterback and is stuck putting in last year’s mistake (Weeden) numerous times.

    Shuffling coaches this fast sets the Browns back two years, because Chud shaped this team for his system. Now a new guy will come in with his own system and the players on his roster won’t fit, dooming them to another bad season.

    The Browns should give him another year.

  25. jetfan74 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:07 PM

    I bet they promote Norv Turner and he will get 5 yrs to keep the Browns in futility!!!! That’s how you waste all that talent on D and a rising star like Josh Gordon.

  26. therealzeitgeist says: Dec 29, 2013 6:08 PM

    Browns are B-movie version of the Redskins.

  27. drs76109 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:09 PM

    Is Sam Rutigliano still around? Or, how about MartyBall 2.0?

  28. noaxetogrind says: Dec 29, 2013 6:13 PM

    Good organizations make good decisions and it shows on the field. Bad organizations make bad decisions and you know the rest. Chud is this years Mike Mularkey. Both inherited bad teams and it appears both will be fired after just one season. In Mularkey’s case it is almost comical in the sense that no one disputes how bad the Jags roster was. Cleveland and Jacksonville, good luck to both fan bases as both have inept owners.

  29. brenenostler says: Dec 29, 2013 6:14 PM

    This was a stupid hire in the first place

  30. newagerocker says: Dec 29, 2013 6:16 PM

    Don’t worry Joe Banner isn’t done with making you hate him yet.

  31. donchacho says: Dec 29, 2013 6:17 PM

    This organization, for some bizarre reason, thinks it is better than it is. They have no patience to build anything, thus blowing up the team every year or two. They actually epitomize insane.

  32. roleofgovt says: Dec 29, 2013 6:17 PM

    I feel for Browns fans. I was born and raised near Cleveland but happily moved away by choice as soon as I could. Not crapping on the area, I’m glad I grew up there but it just wasn’t for me.
    Talking with my old friends who are still around Cleveland and stuck with being Browns fans, it’s like they’ve been suffering through that train wreck for so long that they don’t even understand the game of football anymore. It’s sad more than funny. People who are otherwise intelligent, talking about what the Browns are doing each year and honestly thinking “in 3 years the Browns will be in the Super Bowl”. They’ve been on 3 year plans ever since 1999. I don’t think they’ve completed year 1 of that plan yet, and it’s been 14 years.
    Unfortunately, for most people in Cleveland being a football fan means getting drunk in bad weather at a tailgate, then sobering up in a stadium watching awful football and not thinking about the $60+ you just wasted on a ticket. If the city of Cleveland banned tailgating, I doubt that 5,000 people would be in the stands for any given game. Maybe the rabid loyalty is what’s holding them back. Some cities have turned their back on their team and that created a greater incentive to actually win games. But, you know, to each their own. There’s a charm to the Browns being an awful franchise.

  33. kcflake says: Dec 29, 2013 6:18 PM

    The browns are a joke. Rod c. Deserved at least another year. The gm and ownership should be truly embarassed. They have 3 good guys and that is it. Joe thomas, joe haden and josh gordon. Beware for whoever gets the job next.

  34. eglsfan says: Dec 29, 2013 6:20 PM

    Like this guy had a chance with these “quarterbacks” he pays for the sins of morons before him……Cleveland…hard to feel sorry for you…oh & you have Joe Banner….enjoy.

  35. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 29, 2013 6:20 PM

    Worse ownership in the NFL?
    Cleveland, Washington, Oakland, or NY Jets?

  36. coonsqualler says: Dec 29, 2013 6:22 PM

    5 pro bowlers and only 4 wins. Someone has to be at blame. I am not saying I agree with it, but the facts are the facts. My team quit the last 6 weeks of the season..,

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  37. jagsfan1 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:24 PM

    If true – what a lousy organization. Every HC should get 3 years unless he is totally in over his head.

    That being said – any org. DUMB enough to give Mike Lombardi a job is a true joke of an organization.

  38. ballboy48 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:26 PM

    Source: Jon Gruden expected to be named Cleveland Browns Head Coach.

  39. caryw30 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:28 PM

    This is a major mistake. What was Chud supposed to do with a bad team, no qb and a rb the team trades away after the 3rd week? The Browns will have to get very lucky with an unknown coach because no good coach will touch this job. And for the record I am saying this as a Cowboys’ fan.

  40. pv1960 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:29 PM

    Fire Joe Geekboy Banner.

  41. jetfan74 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:30 PM

    Chud won’t be down long. He is one of the better offensive minds in the game and there will be several openings to be had.

  42. penndawg says: Dec 29, 2013 6:32 PM

    Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

  43. totallyuselessme says: Dec 29, 2013 6:33 PM


    No coach worth anything is going to take our HC job after this.

    It’s times like these where I start to wonder why I’m a Browns fan. I should just hang up my Haden jersey now and hop onboard another bandwagon. This is ridiculous.

  44. gadgetdawg says: Dec 29, 2013 6:35 PM

    I wonder who would agree to coach this team next year knowing the team has no patience to rebuild?

    I suspect the dumpster fire will continue unless they can find a good college coach that wants to bail because the NCAA is after them . . .

  45. commentcentral says: Dec 29, 2013 6:36 PM

    Mike Brown might be the cheapest owner, but he’s not the worst. He’s not even runner up.

  46. coachbeck says: Dec 29, 2013 6:37 PM

    Lol rebuilding again clowns.

    Well at least Ray Horton will be gone

  47. autumnwind999 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:38 PM

    Gruden. From Ohio. Grew up a Browns fan. Has ties to Lombardi. Unless he goes back to Oakland.

  48. mancave001 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:40 PM

    I just don’t buy it.

  49. jjbadd385 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:42 PM

    After this long, anyone that has any respect for the game of football, or has any dignity or pride, will realize this is no longer funny! Men like Chud, are having their lives torn apart, without the opportunity for redemption! He gets 1 season to undo years of incompetence! It’s truly sad for the fans as well!

  50. tinbender2000 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:42 PM

    Don’t worry Browns fans, the Owner’s going to give you a rebate! Oh wait…

  51. randomcommenter says: Dec 29, 2013 6:45 PM

    They should have traded Chud to the Colts for a first rounder. They love trading for garbage.

  52. remyje says: Dec 29, 2013 6:45 PM

    Tell me more about how good that Trent Richardson trade after they fire him

  53. jimbo75025 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:46 PM

    Silly. Things wil never change in Cleveland with a new coach every year or two.

    There are simply not enough “hot” O or D coaches out there right now to go around for all of the rumored openings.

  54. pacodawg says: Dec 29, 2013 6:49 PM

    Chudzinski is in way over his head. Cut ties now and move on

  55. onderin says: Dec 29, 2013 6:51 PM

    I know the Browns have historically been a bad franchise, but when you look at the roster they have do have some things going for them.

    If they can find some consistency at QB, they have weapons. The defense only needs a few key players; mostly some pass rushers and a linebacker. If they do fire Big Chud, the Browns could get put on the right track quickly.

    But they should really give Chudzinski another year or two and give him a legit quarterback to build with.

  56. mikeinthevine says: Dec 29, 2013 7:16 PM

    Haslam’s too busy trying to stay out of the slammer to get too involved. The front office needs to go before the head coach.

  57. mutantman87 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:23 PM

    I’m not sure the table was set very well for Chud, but this sounds more like buyer’s remorse and opportunities to get a better new coach than anything wrong Chudzinski did. It was a huge mistake to not hire Trestman last year. If he can make Josh McCown a good QB after a journeyman’s career of mediocrity, I’m sure he could have done the same for Hoyer or Campbell, or maybe even extract competence from Weeden. With Ray Horton running the defense, they could have contended for the division as early as this season.

  58. mayfieldroadboy says: Dec 29, 2013 7:29 PM

    I never liked the Chudzinski hiring, nor the coaching staff he had. Chud is a better OC than HC, and Turner is too predictable. Horton would be a good HC but his problem is he falls in love with own press clippings.

    Jay Gruden from Cincy. But I think Lombardi leans toward McDaniels from NE.

    Doesn’t Banner look like the curmudgeon who ruined Cleveland?

  59. steelers88 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:10 PM

    This is stupid. Give the guy a chance. He didn’t have a QB to work with.

  60. caryw30 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:07 PM

    Look at the Steelers. They started out slowly but they didnt panic like the Browns did. Instead they knew they were in a transition with a new OL and youth movement and guess what? They almost made the playoffs . Now look at the Steelers, they are posed to get back to the playoffs next season while the Browns are crossing their fingers that they dont blow their 2 1st round picks.

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