Browns relieve Chudzinski
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns have relieved Head Coach Rob Chudzinski of his duties, the organization announced Sunday night.
The team issued the following statement:
"We appreciate Chud's passion for the Browns, and we have great respect for him both personally and professionally. We needed to see progress with this football team. We needed to see development and improvement as the season evolved and, unfortunately, we took a concerning step backward in the second half of the year.
"Our fans deserve to see a consistently competitive team. We have high standards, and there's an urgency for success. When we believed we were not positioned to achieve significant progress in 2014, we knew we had to admit that a change was needed, and move forward.
"Browns fans are the most loyal and passionate supporters in the NFL. We're fully committed to bringing them the winning football team they deserve."
The OBR reached out to a member of the Cleveland Browns organization Sunday afternoon during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The source said that the Browns’ head coaching position will be fired.
After one year, Rob Chudzinski was fired as coach of the Browns. How did it get to this point?
First, there is much discord in the organization with the comparison being made to what Chip Kelly has done with the Philadelphia Eagles in his first season as coach. You may remember the reports earlier this year that Kelly was set to become the Browns head coach. Kelly later snubbed the Browns to return to Oregon only to snub Oregon and head to Philadelphia.
The Browns then turned to Toledo native Rob Chudzinski as their new head coach, but things turned toxic right away.
Whether it was late in training camp or early in the season, Chudzinski and Browns general manager Mike Lombardi had a major disagreement regarding who should start at quarterback. Brandon Weeden got the nod, but it was proven quickly he was clearly not the best quarterback among the Browns’ trio that included Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell.
Things only got worse after the Browns performance against the New York Jets on Dec. 22. The owner and front office personnel believe the team quit in that game and film evaluation is said to show that players have not given a committed effort on a consistent basis.
Finally, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam left Heinz Field on Sunday midway through the fourth quarter of the Browns’ 20-7 hapless loss to finish 4-12. It was the first time in franchise history the Browns finished with seven consecutive losses and the sixth consecutive season the Browns finished with 11 or more losses. The Browns started this season 3-2, but won only one of their final 11 games.
The OBR has reached out to numerous players. Team voices openly support Chudzinski while a large number of players are quite indifferent on the potential removal and don’t trust him because players are treated differently.
Here lies the problem that extends beyond a head coach.
Among the things TheOBR has been told:
•Front office does not acknowledge staff and players.
•The coaching staff plays favorites.
•The players are not clued in to what’s going on and feel as if they aren’t being treated fairly.
•Players are told one thing by the staff and management then something else occurs.
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