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For Chud It's One And Done

Story By: Jeff Alan

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 12/30/2013After going 4-12 in 2013, the Cleveland Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski after only one season on the job. A seven game losing streak to end the season is what may have done in "Chud." In a statement released by the team late Sunday evening, it read, "we needed to see progress with the this football team. We needed to see development and improvement as the season evolved and, unfortunatly, we took a step backward in the second half of the year, we knew we had to admit that a change was needed, and move forward." In fairness, Chudzinski had to deal with an unsettled quarterback situation as Cleveland started three different players at that position, going with Brandon Weeden in the opener, then starting Brian Hoyer in week three against Minnesota before Hoyer suffered a season ending knee injury, then ending the year with veteran backup Jason Campbell. The Browns still owe Chudzinski $10.5 million dollars. The move was not popular with the players and many fans. Possible replacements include former Denver and New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. This is the third time the Browns have fired "Chud." He coached the Browns tight ends for Butch Davis in 2004, then came back to Cleveland in 2007 serving as offensive coordinator for two seasons under former coach Romeo Crennel. Since 1999, the Browns have gone through six head coaches. Chris Palmer 1999-2000, Butch Davis 2001-2004, Romeo Crennel 2005-2008, Eric Mangini 2009-2010, Pat Shurmur 2011-2012 and Chudzinski 2013. Compare that with the old Browns who had just two head coaches in the teams first 25 seasons. Paul Brown 1946-1962 and Blanton Collier 1963-1970, with the team advancing to the playoffs 17 times and winning eight championships.
   
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