We all knew Black Monday would be Bloody Monday as a slew of coaches were teetering on the brink before, during and after yesterday’s slate of games. But while the likely names of Leslie Frazier, Greg Schiano, Jim Scwartz and Mike Shanahan all got fired on Monday, one of the most surprising names to go was the first one to be announced this weekend.
Almost out of the blue on Sunday morning, rumors began to swirl that Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski might fired and before the day was done, that’s exactly what happened. The Browns and Chudzinski are reacting publicly today to the weekend’s most shocking firing and the former Browns coach never saw it coming.
Statement from Rob Chudzinski says he was “shocked and dissappointed” to learn of his firing by the Browns
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 30, 2013
It’s safe to say no one saw the Chudzinski firing coming, and Tony Dungy’s wincing head shake upon hearing the news live on NBC’s Sunday Night Football halftime show basically sums up the feeling about the whole ordeal. The Browns may have very well not even wanted Chudzinski from the start, after losing out on Chip Kelly last offseason.
But the stability that the Joe Banner era promised to bring so far has been more turbulent than most of the seasons prior, and the regime is looking for it’s second head coach in as many years.