Rob Chudzinski has been fired as coach of the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN. Chudzinski completed his first year in Cleveland at 4-12, though one could argue he never had a chance. He entered the season with Brandon Weeden as his QB, but he was benched for ineffectiveness, and the Browns rolled through Brian Hoyer (injured) and then journeyman Jason Campbell (up-and-down). Cleveland traded its top running back, Trent Richardson, early in the season – the deal looks good so far, but as we saw with RG3, let’s wait to declare a winner – and the Browns relied upon defense to keep them in games. Josh Gordon had a tremendous season at receiver, and tight end Jordan Cameron is a keeper, but that’s about it.
It felt like Chudzinski was a stopgap anyway, after they couldn’t get Chip Kelly last January. But seriously, who fires a coach after one season? Let’s take a moment to laugh at these clowns who declared the Browns ‘winners’ in getting Chud over Chip Kelly:
— Terry Pluto (@terrypluto) January 6, 2013
Took heat from some Browns’ fans when I questioned Chip Kelly’s fit with Cleveland’s current talent. Love the Rob Chudzinski hire, though.
— Rob Rang (@RobRang) January 11, 2013
My first reaction after 10 minutes with Chip Kelly is the #Browns are better off with Rob Chudzinski.
— Jeff Schudel (@jsbrownsinsider) February 21, 2013
The good news is, the Browns have a lot of picks in the 2014 draft, and there’s actual talent on the defense to build around.
GM Mike Lombardi – formerly of
ESPN NFL Network – is going to have folks lining up for this job given how bright the future looks for Cleveland, QB pending, of course.