According to multiple media members citing multiple sources including Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Cleveland Browns have informed head coach Rob Chudzinski that he is being let go after just one season at the helm.
Schefter had reported just a short time ago that the Browns brass was meeting with Chudzinski and discussing his future with the organization. Apparently, the meeting centered around the end of Chudzinski’s short and lame duck tenure as the Browns’ head coach. In what was the first season under new ownership, the rookie head coach wasn’t given much of a chance, especially after the front office traded running back Trent Richardson very early in the season.
Cleveland was Chudzinski’s first NFL head coaching job. He had most recently been the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers from 2011-12. It isn’t as if the Browns had much in the way of expectations coming into the season, so it seems rather silly that the Browns would a) have hired Chudzinski and b) fire him so quickly if he was hired to help guide the early stages of what they had hoped was a quick rebuild.
Either way, the Browns’ ax was the first to fall, even before the dawn of what is universally known as Black Monday in the NFL.