The Browns will fire coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season on the job, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported this evening, citing unnamed league sources.
The Browns have yet to announce the move. Team spokesman Zak Gilbert declined to comment when asked about the report and stood by the following statement issued in the fourth quarter of today's 20-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field: “Our focus is on the game today. We will not discuss any evaluation of the season until this upcoming week.”
Hired Jan. 10 as the sixth full-time head coach of the expansion era, Chudzinski led the Browns to a record of 4-12 during his first season in charge. They finished the season with seven consecutive losses and their 10th defeat in the last 11 games. They failed to match the measly win total of five from last season, which led to owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner firing coach Pat Shurmur and General Manager Tom Heckert.
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Penn State coach Bill O’Brien would likely top the Browns’ list of candidates to replace Browns, according to several reports.
The Browns have before never fired a head coach after just one season. There have been just five NFL head coaches who have been fired after one season in the past 10 years, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.