The Cleveland Browns are starting over once again. Last season, Browns GM Michael Lombardi hired first-time head coach Rob Chudzinski and surrounded him with an impressive coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Norv Turner and defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
The Browns struggled to a 4-12 record, but they finally showed some flashes and looked like a team to keep an eye on. With a new front office and coaching staff aboard, the Browns could not have asked for much more.
Well, I guess they disagree, because Cleveland announced that Chudzinski would not return as head coach of the team on Sunday. The wins did not come, but Chudzinski did a nice job with what he was given. Josh Gordon has established himself as one of the best wide receivers in the entire NFL, while talented tight end Jordan Cameron had a great season under the guidance of Chudzinski.
Before he went down with a knee injury, the Browns even seemed to have found a legitimate quarterback in Brian Hoyer.
The most disappointing unit for Cleveland this season was the defense. With established veteran players like Joe Haden, Paul Kruger and T.J. Ward, the Browns’ defense was supposed to be pretty good. They gave up 25.4 points per game throughout the 2013. That ranks 23rd in the league. The defense was supposed to be the strength of this team, and they were far from it.
As the head coach, Chudzinski deserves some blame for that. However, he is without a doubt an offensive coach. Horton was hired on to run that defense. If anybody deserved to get fired here, it was him.
The Browns traded Trent Richardson early in the season, and Chudzinski was forced to start Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell for most of the season. How many games did they expect to win? He was put in an impossible situation, and deserved another year to prove himself. This season proved nothing about Cudzinski’s coaching abilities and because of that, I think Cleveland made a bad decision.