It's fair to assume the Cleveland Browns made up their minds about coach Rob Chudzinksi long before Sunday, it's just that nobody figured that the Browns would give up on him after just one season.
But the rumors about Chudzinski's job security started on Sunday afternoon and the decision was swift: On Sunday night, about five hours after the Browns' loss at Pittsburgh officially ended their season, Chudzinski was fired.
BREAKING: The Browns have relieved Head Coach Rob Chudzinski of his duties, the organization announced Sunday night.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 30, 2013
The Browns had a disappointing 4-12 season, but one that could have been explained away by numerous quarterback injuries, including a big one to Brian Hoyer after Hoyer helped them to a two-game winning streak early in the season, and trading away starting running back Trent Richardson early in the season without a decent backup plan. But the organization didn't need any more time to realize that Chudzinski wasn't the answer.
It's rare for a NFL coach to get just one year, although Jacksonville did fire Mike Mularkey after last season, his first running the Jaguars. Hue Jackson (Raiders, 2001), Jim Mora (Seahawks, 2009), Cam Cameron (Miami, 2007), Art Shell (Raiders, 2006), Marty Schottenhimer (Redskins, 2001) and Al Groh (Jets, 2000) are the other coaches who were fired after just one season since 2000, according to Pro Football Talk.
Chudzinski joins that group. Although it's hard for the beaten-down Browns franchise to start all over again, it's obvious that they felt they made a mistake hiring Chudzinski and decided to not compound the error by keeping him around a second season.
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