Chud Fired: Browns Say They Understand Fans’ Skepticism
BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner said they understand there’s skepticism about the team’s direction and leadership after the firing of head coach Rob Chudzinski.
Chudzinski had less than a year to make an impact on the team, and apparently failed to do so.
“A lot of people will say we should have given this staff a second year, a second chance, and that’s a fair statement,” Haslam said at a news conference Monday.
He added fans have a right to be skeptical until the team starts winning.
Banner said the decision to fire Chudzinski was made Saturday night. The topic had been discussed for about a week.
He also said no time limit will be placed on the search for a new head coach.
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The reaction of the players was slowly becoming known.
“I know people in Cleveland really want to see this team do well, I know the owners want to see this team do well,” said Browns WR Josh Gordon. “The players want to win. Everybody has the right mindset, it’s just so many things snowballing right now in the wrong way. Gotta try to pick it up and get on the right path.”
In a statement, Chudzinski said he was shocked and disappointed, but grateful to the Haslam family for letting him live his dream.