After just one season as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, ESPN reported on Dec. 29 that the team will fire Rob Chudzinski as their head coach. The news broke after the Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers and finished the season 4-12.
It almost seemed like the Browns set up Chudzinski to fail. His team only played a handful of games before they traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first round draft pick next season. That pick will be a late pick thanks to the Colts making the playoffs.
He was also saddled with Brandon Weeden as his starting quarterback when the season started. He then started Brian Hoyer, who won some games for them before ending up on the injured reserve. He finished the season with journeyman Jason Campbell.
When told about the rumors, the Browns' all-pro linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said it "ticked" him off when he heard it because he called Chudzinski a great head coach. However, the rumors out of Cleveland is that owner Jimmy Haslam feels he made a mistake in hiring Chudzinski and wants to break it off with the coach and move in a different direction.
Chudzinski once served as the tight ends coach for Butch Davis in 2004, but was fired after that season. He returned as the offensive coordinator in 2007 under Romeo Crennel but was fired after two seasons. This would mark the third time the Cleveland Browns will fire him if these rumors are true.