CLEVELAND – The Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski late Sunday night after just one year at the helm.
Chudzinski started 3-2 for the Browns in his first 5 games but the team dropped 11 of its final 12 games.
The firing makes the sixth head coach the team has had since 1999.
NewsChannel5 got video of Chud leaving the Browns facility in Berea after being relieved of his duties. (See above)
The team released the following statement:
“We appreciate Chud’s passion for the Browns, and we have great respect for him both personally and professionally. We needed to see progress with this football team. We needed to see development and improvement as the season evolved and, unfortunately, we took a concerning step backward in the second half of the year.
“Our fans deserve to see a consistently competitive team. We have high standards, and there’s an urgency for success. When we believed we were not positioned to achieve significant progress in 2014, we knew we had to admit that a change was needed, and move forward.
“Browns fans are the most loyal and passionate supporters in the NFL. We’re fully committed to bringing them the winning football team they deserve.”
Many fans were upset over the move but Browns analyst Reggie Rucker said the move was justified.
We could learn more about the direction of the team later Monday morning. The team is holding a staff meeting at 8 a.m. for the remaining coaching staff.
The Browns will hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. Monday. We will stream it live on newsnet5.com.
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