Report: 'Turmoil' and 'bad vibes' around Chudzinski's job status
DEC 29, 2013 1:03p ET
Coaching the Cleveland Browns has always been a dream of Rob Chudzinski's. But has that dream turned into a nightmare?
Prior to the Browns' season finale in Pittsburgh, rumors about Chud's job status began to swirl around the Heinz Field press box.
Reports from ESPN's Chris Mortensen and ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi suggest uncertainty surrounding Chudzinski's job:
One place of turmoil (again) to monitor is Cleveland Browns, where there's some turmoil & unhappiness with how team folded 2nd half of year— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) December 29, 2013
Shortly thereafter, a third source from ESPN, John Clayton, confirmed hearing the same rumblings:
Like everyone else, I am hearing Rob Chudzinski could be in trouble after only one season.— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) December 29, 2013
The Browns, who started off with a promising record of 3-2, enter Week 17 just 4-11 under their first-year head coach.
As put by RotoWorld, firing Chud after one season might be crazy, but not out of the question.
Firing Chudzinski would be madness for a team locked in a never-ending cycle of rebuilds. But, we wouldn't put it past [Browns owner] Jimmy Haslam to force an inane coaching change.
Problems I've heard the Browns front office has with Chud: Players not being held accountable, and a lack of decisiveness in big moments.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 29, 2013
And if Browns were to make a change, Penn State's Bill O'Brien and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would likely top the list.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 29, 2013
Albert Breer of NFL Network tweeted that the Browns' front office "had been inclined to give Chud another year, but that could change". He speculated on why Chudzinski could possibly be on the hot seat and who could be in line to replace him:
While the whole idea that Chud could be on the "hot seat" is nothing short of ridiculous, it is the Cleveland Browns, so we can't rule anything out.
Crazy? Maybe. But stranger things have happened...
UPDATE: The Cleveland Browns released the following statement during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game:
"Our focus is on the game today. We will not discuss any evaluation of the season until this upcoming week."
We assume this is an attempt by the Browns PR staff to defer any questions surrounding Chudzinski's job during the post-game press conference.