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Should Cleveland Browns Fans Trust That Firing Rob Chudzinski was the Right Move?

December 30th, 2013 at 5:29 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

'Rob Chudzinski' photo (c) 2013, Erik Drost - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Shock and outrage were the initial reactions from Browns fans and players when the team dumped head coach Rob Chudzinski last night.

NFL teams rarely make a coaching change after just one year, but owner Jimmy Haslam explained today that the team was not getting better as the year progressed.

Still, how many wins should the Browns have expected after the disastrous injury to quarterback Brian Hoyer and the equally disastrous play of quarterback Brandon Weeden?

As reports bounce around the Internet of the Browns asking permission to interview Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Browns fans are wondering whether the team made the right move. 

Strange as it sounds, Browns fans should give the ownership the benefit of the doubt because this year, they did two very smart things.

 

1. Trading Trent Richardson

Browns fans were even more upset by the trade of the team’s top running back to Indianapolis than by Chudzinski’s firing.

However, Richardson rushed for only 563 yards this year for the Indianapolis Colts, gaining a meager 3.0 yards per carry.

The Browns have an extra first-round pick in 2014 thanks to the Colts trade, so Cleveland looks really smart on this deal.

 

2. Not trading Josh Gordon

Many fans feared that the Browns would trade Gordon at the peak of his value before the trade deadline. However, Cleveland hung onto the speedy wide receiver despite the specter of losing Gordon for a year if he violates the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Gordon rewarded the Browns’ faith in him by catching 87 passes for 1,646 yards and qualifying for the Pro Bowl.

So while Haslam and CEO Joe Banner must share responsibility for the hiring of Chudzinski and the subsequent 4-12 season, they have done the right thing at least twice. Browns fans are hoping this coaching change will be No. 3.

Tags: Cleveland, Cleveland Browns, Football, NFL

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