On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns were upended by the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers on the road in the Steel City, 20-7. With the loss, the Browns finished the 2013 NFL regular season at an abysmal 4-12 under first-year head coach Rob Chudzinski.
Following the game, after a brief meeting, the Cleveland brass decided that one year was all they needed to see of Chudzinski as Adam Schefter is reporting that they have fired the coach just hours after the loss to Pittsburgh:
Browns officially have fired Rob Chudzinski.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2013
Chudzinski was under scrutiny throughout the majority of the season as the team battled through on-the-field issues, most notably their inconsistent quarterback situation.
The coach was hired back on Jan. 11 of this past season after the Browns fired their last coach, Pat Shurmur, following a disappointing 2012 campaign.
As the season went along this year, the team kept becoming more and more convinced that they had made a mistake in hiring the former coordinator, so this is a move that most saw coming, and the loss today pretty much sealed that deal.
The Browns plan to begin the search for a new coach immediately.