Some Browns Players Feel ‘Deja Vu’ Over Chud’s Firing
BEREA, Ohio– Here we go again: The Browns are searching for another head coach after firing head coach Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night following the team’s 4-12 record.
Chudzinski said in a press release from the team that he was shocked and disappointed to hear that he was fired. He was not alone.
“Shocking, I mean it was very shocking to him as it was to us. We had no idea just like he didn’t,” said Browns specialist MarQueis Gray.
Chudzinski becomes the fourth head coach fired by the Browns in the last six years.
For a lot of these players who have been around for awhile, it’s getting old. “It feels like it’s deja vu. It just actually happened last year. Coming out of college, this is just my third year. I’ve always had my coach consistently through my career,” said Browns linebacker Jabaal Sheard.
The Browns had just one win in the final 10 games of the season.
The players know it wasn’t enough to keep their head coach. “It is a production-based league. It is a Janet Jackson world, you know. What have you done for me lately? But at the end of the day, it’s the powers that be; it’s their decision,” offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao said.
Many will argue that Chudzinski got a raw deal. He was shuffling quarterbacks like a deck of cards, lost numerous players to injury for the season and didn’t have a big draft class to build upon.
“It wasn’t a real good situation for him to fall into because he didn’t know; we didn’t know,” said wide receiver Josh Gordon. “I can’t say what is fair and what isn’t fair. This is the NFL. It’s the business of the league but I would have thought he would have had more time than that.”
Browns players are now hoping for the same thing Browns fans thought they were getting with Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner: stability.
“It’s a business. They say they want stability and hopefully we get that in the next few years,” said wide receiver Josh Cooper.
According to Cooper, the players were informed of Rob Chudzinski’s status on the bus ride home following Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh.
When the Browns announce their next head coach, it will be the fifth head coach for Joe Thomas who was drafted by the Browns in 2007.