The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns 20-7 Sunday night, but according to a Dec. 29 Yahoo Canada news report, the game to archrival Steelers was not the only thing the Browns lost. Cleveland’s coach Rob Chudzinski was fired just hours after his team’s 20-7 loss to the Steelers.
The loss to the Steelers was just the last straw for the coach. The Browns had lost their final seven games and 10 of the team’s last 11. But losing the coach was not part of the deal for the players. “It's just absurd to me that a report would be out like that, about a good coach like that,”Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said prior to the move. “It's crazy, and that (ticked) me off when I heard that.”
The Associated Press reports that Browns team owner Jimmy Haslam was looking for way more than Chudzinski delivered. “'We needed to see progress with this football team,” the Browns said in a statement after getting rid of Chudzinski. “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.”
The statement continued, “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.”
The Steelers, on the other hand, may have won the game, but thanks to San Diego’s 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City on Sunday evening, they will be staying home in January.