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Browns to retain assistant coaches for now, new head coach to decide if he wants them

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 30, 2013

In the wake of the Browns firing coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season on the job, CEO Joe Banner met with the coordinators and assistant coaches this morning at the team’s headquarters in Berea.

The assistants were told they’ll be retained for now, but the Browns will be liberal in granting them permission to interview with other teams, a league source said. Ultimately, whoever becomes the new head coach will decide which members of Chudzinski’s staff he wants to keep, if any.

The Browns (4-12) finished the season with the NFL’s 18th-ranked offense (338.9 yards per game) under offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Their defense ranked ninth in the league (332.4 yards allowed per game) under defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

The Browns will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. today to discuss their decision to fire Chudzinski.

For more about Chudzinski’s firing, here’s our story from today’s paper.

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