Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski before a game aganst the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Browns have fired Rob Chudzinski, two targets emerge



The Cleveland Browns wasted little time once the buses got back to Berea.  They had a meeting with head coach Rob Chudzinski and made the decision to let him go.  While many will talk about the 4-12 record and how that was simply not good enough, the deeper people delve into it, the record and the standings did not help Chud, but the issues behind the scenes seemed to doom this relationship.

The front office and Chudzinski were not on the same page and how they approached the season and transactions involving players.  There is a sense that in a season that the team set up to evaluate and give players opportunities to show their ability to make a roster in the future or get better, the opportunities were simply wasted.

The Browns simply decided that it was not worth trying to work out through another season and wanted to cut the strings now and absord the PR hit, hoping to get the right guy.  Two targets have emerged;  Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

It is important to note that the Browns cannot officially talk to McDaniels for the time being.  They may be able to talk to him during the bye week as the Patriots prepare for a divisional playoff game, but the hiring would wait until after the Patriots are done in the playoffs.  Meanwhile, O’Brien is able to talk to whoever he wants to now and has already been linked to the Houston Texans.  He had formerly been an offensive coordinator for the Patriots.

Both have connections to the Browns in the form of Mike Lombardi.  Both also have a connection to the Browns because of Brian Hoyer and his time with the Patriots.  There will be plenty of PR to delve through and the idea of again trying to create the Patriots-west idea, but the Browns seem to be confident in both choices.

This NFL draft is pivotal for the franchise and the Browns have decided to bring in a new staff, so that everyone is on the same page going forward.  Much of the current staff may ultimately be let go including both coordinators.

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  • Mark Murphy

    Another year, another crap sandwich

  • CCBigs

    Who is really going to want to work for an organization that treats their coaching staff like that? We are truly doomed!!

    • Pete Smith

      Well, we’ll soon find out… it stands to reason they had a plan in place before pulling the trigger on this move.

  • Sam Gold

    I’m curious what newfound ability they’ve acquired which will allow them to find a coaching staff that is on the same page as the front office as that is presumably exactly what they intended to do 12 months ago.

    • Pete Smith

      That is the job of the front office to sell the fans on that ability. Given what I have heard about the situation, I understand why they let him go. I still think he can coach, but I get why they made the move.

      • Josh Hart

        This FO won’t be able to sell the fans on anything until we see a perennial playoff team. No more $ or support wasted on this franchise until then.

      • Sam Gold

        What have you heard, Pete?

        • Pete Smith

          This came down to issues between the head coach and the FO as well as other coaches. They just didn’t see or approach things the same way, which showed itself in some inconsistent decisions that showed up on the field

          • Sam Gold

            Unfortunately this leads me back to my original question: If their original search to hand-pick “their guy” resulted in Chud, whom they now deem a mis-fit, what has changed that will allow them to select a guy that will approach things the same way? Color me pessimistic (but inexplicably hopeful!!!). Ah, the joy of being a Brown’s fan…

          • Pete Smith

            That is the challenge the team now faces and one of the tough questions they have to be asked

  • Matt

    Doesn’t the new owner know the old saying Rome wasn’t built in a day? It takes more than 1 year to be a good team. this is getting ridiculous year after year of bad management. It wasn’t his fault, After Hoyer got injured he was stuck with 2 horrible QB’s and imo, they would’ve won that game in KC if the ball wasn’t thrown to butterfingers davon bess.