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The Browns confirmed the addition of another coaching intern last week.
What's the connection that brought Mike LaFleur to Cleveland? Kyle Shanahan.
"John Settle has a tremendous football background as both a player and coach," said Paul Chryst, the Panthers' head coach. "He knows what it takes to be an outstanding running back. His track record brings immediate credibility from a coaching and recruiting standpoint. We are fortunate and excited to bring his talents to Pitt."
Settle had two stints with the Browns -- one as an offensive assistant way back in 1995, and then in 2013 on Rob Chudzinski's staff as running backs coach. With the coaching changes this offseason, Settle was replaced by Wilbert Montgomery. Settle had a pretty rough situation to deal with last year: after his top three running backs were gone from the team by Week 3 (Trent Richardson, Montario Hardesty, Bradnon Jackson), he had to work with the likes of Willis McGahee, Edwin Baker, and Fozzy Whittaker, guys who were either over-the-hill or had no regular season experience.
This offseason, we were wondering whether the Cleveland Browns would retain defensive quality control coach Daron Roberts, who served under Ray Horton's staff. He was seen as one of the brighter young minds in the NFL. When the Browns announced that Tony Tuioti was coming aboard as the new defensive quality control coach, though, the writing was on the wall that Roberts was no longer part of the Browns' staff.
Reports have come out that Roberts has been hired by the Houston Texans as a scout:
Texans hired Brian Gaine as director of pro scouting, Daron Roberts as scout and promoted Larry Wright to assistant pro personnel director.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) February 10, 2014
#Texans new pro scout Daron Roberts is a young star in the biz. Might be the smartest football guy in the NFL. Could be a GM soon— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) February 10, 2014
We'll see just how quickly Roberts' rise to stardom takes place, but it doesn't look like it will be in Cleveland.
The Browns' new linebackers coach had some kind words for his head coach.
A comprehensive list of all of the Browns' coaches under head coach Mike Pettine.
The former Browns head coach has already found his way back into the NFL.
The Browns have pretty much completed their offensive coaching staff, concluding with wide receivers coach Mike McDaniel.
The Browns have made a change at strength and conditioning coach.
Mike Pettine's staff is in the house.
Get ready to welcome the Browns' new coordinators.
Two veteran coaches are going to be giving a helping hand to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
On Monday, the that they have hired Shane Steichen as their new offensive quality control coach. Steichen is re-joining the Chargers after he was a defensive assistant with them from 2011-2012. Last year, he came to Cleveland as the team's offensive quality control coach under Norv Turner. It's not yet known if the announcedBrowns will fill the position with somebody else or leave it vacant.
According to Coaching Search of 247 Sports, the Cleveland Browns may have added Rusty McKinney to their staff:
Tweets from Bentley University players indicate that linebackers coach / strength and conditioning coordinator Rusty McKinney will join the Browns’ staff.
If true, it would be interesting to see what role McKinney would hold in Cleveland. He has some strength and conditioning coaching experience, but served the 2013 season as a defensive coordinator for Bentley University. The Browns have yet to announce anything that would indicate departures from the current strength and conditioning coaches, which consists of Brad Roll, Chris DiSanto, and Derik Keyes.
The Tennessee Titans have hired Cannon Matthews as their new quality control coordinator on defense:
Matthews served as a defensive coaching intern with the Browns last year on Ray Horton's staff. It makes sense that he receives a promotion in Tennessee, since that is where Horton made a lateral move to as defensive coordinator. What's interesting is that Horton's defensive quality control coach last season in Cleveland was Daron Roberts. We haven't heard anything about Roberts leaving Cleveland yet, so perhaps he will end up being one of the assistant defensive coaches who will be retained.
What was the connection between a guy in the college ranks and Mike Pettine?
When the Cleveland Browns hired Mike Pettine, it had to stand out that CEO Joe Banner came out and told the media that the hardest decision of this whole process was passing on Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who had said he wanted to wait until after the Super Bowl to do a second interview.
So, how did Quinn do at the Super Bowl? His units played one of the best defensive games in Super Bowl history, routing the No. 1 offense in the NFL by a score of 43-8. Who saw that happening to Peyton Manning and the Broncos? After the game was over, Quinn was asked about the Browns, and he had this to say:
"I certainly would've been interested,'' Quinn told cleveland.com. "I mean, it's a big-time place. It's the Cleveland Browns.''
Dagger? Maybe, but Pettine's the guy, and we have to live with it. Technically, you could also say that it would've been a disaster had the Browns waited all this time to interview Adam Gase, who would've been coming off on the losing side in a game where Denver couldn't make any adjustments offensively.
The former Redskins offensive coordinator is getting a three-year deal with Cleveland, according to reports.
Don't blink. In what might be the strangest offseason the Cleveland Browns have had since expansion, you could miss a candidate come and go. Then come back again.
The Browns have hired former Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller, according to a report.
Last week, one of our members wrote a FanPost, which conducted a poll to gauge fan perception on who fans thought had a better resume to be a head coach: Rob Chudzinski or Mike Pettine. The purpose of the poll was not to factor in how much the front office has botched this situation, but rather to determine which candidate is more qualified in the eyes of the fans to be a head coach. The results were split right down the middle:
You have to think that Chudzinski's assistant coaches influenced the vote, but given the negative impact I anticipated fans would have toward the front office, it is a moderate surprise to see Pettine with already as much support as he has from the fans. The combination of getting a head coach, retaining Ray Farmer as assistant general manager, and seeing our players in action at the Pro Bowl has calmed the fire a little bit. Also, it doesn't hurt the Browns that the city's basketball team, the Cavaliers, are really struggling right now and absorbing all of the negative attention in sports media.
Thursday night, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com indicated that it looks like the ship has sailed on the possibility of Kyle Shanahan coming to Cleveland as offensive coordinator, saying that the meeting between Shanahan and the Browns did not go very smoothly.
In response to Rapoport, Chris Russell, a Redskins Insider for ESPN Radio 980, said not to count out Shanahan-to-Cleveland just yet:
Could the door be open just a tad? We'll see if any other sources weigh in during the night...it'd be nice if Will Burge could score another exclusive in Cleveland, eh?
No news on an offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, but how do you like this: at 80 years old, Gil Brandt can still get a couple of scoops as a senior analyst for NFL.com. According to Brandt, the Browns are close to bringing Wilbert Montgomery aboard their staff as running backs coach:
Montgomery was with the Rams from 1997-2005 as a running backs and tight ends coach. He was the Lions' running backs coach for two years before being with the Ravens in the same capacity from 2008-2013. The Ravens parted ways with him earlier this month.
Cleveland may have a quarterbacks coach on board, but still no offensive coordinator.
Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository squeezed all that he could out of Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase during media day about how much the Cleveland Browns tried to lure him to be their next head coach. You should head on over to give the full article a read, but this part seemed particularly interesting, after the Browns first requested permission to interview Gase:
"Originally when John sent the slip back, I called (Browns CEO) Joe Banner, and I just informed him what I was going to do," said Gase, telling Banner he would do no interviews until after the Broncos' season was over. "Then Mr. Haslam ... he called me and introduced himself, and we had a discussion. And those guys ... they're great. Any time we won a game, they'd just text me and say, 'Great game, keep on rolling.' "
Gase said he ultimately told the Browns to move on because he felt that a loss to New England would no longer make him an attractive candidate, while a win would have him mentally focused on winning a Super Bowl. Basically, it'd be a disservice to both Denver and Cleveland if he were trying to pull both duties of preparing for a big game while assembling a coaching staff on the side. The chips didn't align for Gase and Cleveland, but that is bound to change at some point in the future...just with another team.
Last week, Joe Lull of 92.3 The Fan pointed out that although the Cleveland Browns had two finalists for their head coaching job before deciding on Mike Pettine, Dan Quinn was not one of those candidates. Prior to the Super Bowl, Quinn confirmed that he wasn't really kept in the loop after his first interview with the team:
Despite the fact Quinn was in it right up until the day the Browns hired Pettine, he said he didn't receive a call from the Browns and found out about Pettine "just like everybody did.''
"We had a good first meeting and we didn't get a chance to take it any further than that. But (waiting for a second interview) was something that would've been important to me if it had come down to that.''
So there you have it: the mysterious second candidate remains a mystery...for now.
The #Titans have hired Mike Sullivan as assistant offensive line coach.— Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) January 28, 2014
The Browns had a unique situation in 2013, as both Sullivan and George Warhop both had the title of "offensive line coach." Usually, one person would be the offensive line coach, while the other would be the assistant offensive line coach. Sullivan will have the assistant offensive line coach designation in Tennessee; a couple weeks ago, Warhop departed to Tampa Bay to be their offensive line coach.
Now the question is, "how big will the list of candidates for the Browns' offensive coordinator vacancy grow to be?"
With all of the defensive assistants the Cleveland Browns have already hired away from the Buffalo Bills, you can pretty much guarantee that this means Anthony Weaver will soon be announced as the Browns' new defensive line coach:
Bills announce they have granted Browns permission to interview DL coach Anthony Weaver— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) January 28, 2014
Besides other fancy titles, "defensive line coach" if the only vacancy the Browns have yet to fill on that side of the ball. If the Browns had an interest in Weaver from the get-go, it is not clear why he was not brought over with the rest of the Bills Monday afternoon.
Could the Browns have finally found their guy to be offensive coordinator? At 34 years old, he might be the young mind they've been seeking.
Cleveland now talking to former #Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan, according to multiple league sources.— John Keim (@john_keim) January 28, 2014
Keim adds that talks between Shanahan and Cleveland began Tuesday morning. That would put the candidates at three for Cleveland's vacant offensive coordinator position: Shanahan, Bill Callahan, and Dowell Loggains.
The Browns hired a tight ends coach, but we still don't know who the offensive coordinator will be.
Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski, and Mike Pettine -- what do they all have in common? Besides being Browns head coaches, they have all had the same group of special teams coaches in Chris Tabor and Shawn Mennenga.
Mike Pettine has brought over several defensive coaches from Buffalo to join his staff in Cleveland.
The Browns could be in another situation where they will have to decide if they'd like to play the waiting game or not. Rumors have had them interested in Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan to take the same position in Cleveland. Callahan could become available if the Cowboys do bring Scott Linehan aboard as offensive coordinator (which would leave Callahan as the offensive line coach only). An ESPN report said the following about Callahan's thoughts on a potential change:
When the source was asked would Callahan be happy with a potential change, the source said, "hell no."
That fueled the fire that Callahan might end up coming to Cleveland, if the Cowboys let him. Another report from ESPN says that Callahan will likely stay in Dallas for one more year, though, regardless of how disgruntled he may be about a change:
Source says expectation is for OC Bill Callahan to fulfill final year of contract in Dallas even if Scott Linehan hired as play-caller.— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) January 27, 2014
We've already seen Gary Kubiak's name virtually taken out of contention, so it's looking more and more like Dowell Loggains could be the guy in Cleveland.
Monday was supposed to be "decision time" when it came to knowing whether or not the Buffalo Bills would grant permission to the Browns to interview linebackers coach Jim O'Neil to serve as defensive coordinator under head coach Mike Pettine. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Bills have granted that permission:
By saying it is a formality, Rapoport means that it is basically a done deal: O'Neil will be the Browns' next defensive coordinator. After he is officially brought on board, it would be expected that several defensive assistants would soon follow.
A pseudo-head coach title for Gary Kubiak? No way, said the Browns.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it looks like former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak could be prepared to join the Baltimore Ravens as their offensive coordinator, something which wouldn't sit too well for Browns fans:
Former Texans HC Gary Kubiak has emerged as favorite for Ravens OC job. Kubiak and Rick Dennison met Sunday in Baltimore w/ Ravens officials— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 27, 2014
Cleveland has yet to announce any of their assistant coaches under Mike Pettine, but should be getting close to making some names official.
Several candidates have been revealed for the Browns' offensive coordinator position.
After Adam Gase pulled out of the Browns' head coaching search, the belief was that the vacancy in Cleveland was down to two candidates: Mike Pettine and Dan Quinn. According to Joe Lull of 92.3 The Fan, that was not the case:
There were candidates for Browns job who's names have not been reported. One was the second finalist, it wasn't Dan Quinn...— Joe Lull (@LullOnSports) January 25, 2014
Lull added that the Browns were "very impressed by Quinn in first interview, but that he was a convenient cover late in the process." That begs the question, then: who was the mystery candidate for Cleveland? Lull specifically said that it was a name who has not been previously reported. In response to a question about who he would rather have as the Browns' head coach, Lull said, "I'd rather have the other guy, but its not the Browns' fault they didn't get the other guy."
It's hard to even take a stab at a name, because it could literally be anybody. Does it matter, now that we've hired Pettine? No -- but it would still be interesting to know, especially if Cleveland's miserable cycle of front offices and head coaches continues in a year or two from now.
Right from the get go in Cleveland's coaching search this year, it seemed like Bill O'Brien was not a candidate for the job. Even on Friday, Pat McManamon of ESPN said that a source told him, "the Browns never actually pursued O'Brien." We also saw this several days ago from Brent Sobleski of the USA Today:
As another coach pulls name out of #Browns coaching search, it's important to note the team never actually pursued Bill O'Brien this time— Brent Sobleski (@brentsobleski) January 21, 2014
Earlier today, though, Joe Lull of 92.3 The Fan tweeted the following regarding O'Brien, saying that the Browns reached out to him, but never formally interviewed him because he wanted total control:
Browns interviewed more than 11 candidates. They talked to Bill O'Brien although there was no formal interview (he wanted total control)...— Joe Lull (@LullOnSports) January 25, 2014
Total control wasn't going to happen with guys like Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi in charge, but it sounds like O'Brien is getting what he wanted down in Houston.
After the Browns introduced Mike Pettine as their new head coach on Thursday, Joe Banner told reporters that Pettine's contract would be for five years. The length was a surprise, considering former head coach Rob Chudzinski was coming off of a four-year deal and was fired after just one year.
Some confusion arose on Friday. During an interview on 92.3 The Fan, Pettine said that the reports that his contract was for five years were inaccurate, but that he didn't want to comment further on the deal. A little bit later, the Browns clarified things for everybody:
#Browns spokesman: HC Mike Pettine technically has 4-yr contract w/ team option for 5th yr. That's why CEO Joe Banner said it's a 5-yr deal— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) January 24, 2014
That makes sense. If Pettine ends up being a dreamy coach, Banner sees it as he'll be under contract for four years. But, the guaranteed money is probably only for four years, and then Cleveland could make a decision on the fifth year. I think we'd be happy to see any head coach stay that long, because it likely means he's been winning.
A recap from the introductory press conference for Mike Pettine, with notes from Pettine, Jimmy Haslam, and Joe Banner.
Prior to the welcome press conference at 4:45 PM EST, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner released the following statements regarding the hiring of MIke Pettine as the team's next head coach:
Jimmy Haslam: "We are thrilled to announce Mike Pettine as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Mike is the epitome of what we want the Browns to be -- tough, aggressive and innovative -- with a blue-collar, team-first mentality. He knows what's necessary to beat teams in the AFC North. Most importantly, Mike has repeatedly shown the ability to lead his players to consistent improvement and success, clearly what we are striving for as he leads the Cleveland Browns moving forward."
Joe Banner: "We wanted to be thorough from the start and we interviewed as many people as we could. From that group, we hired the best individual for this job. Our players and fans are going to really enjoy Mike Pettine and his leadership style. We’re excited to have him out in front of our team, and we look forward to working closely with him."
According to multiple reports, the Cleveland Browns could be looking to name Buffalo Bills linebackers coach Jim O'Neil as their new defensive coordinator to replace Ray Horton, who departed for the Tennessee Titans:
Expect Bills LB coach Jim O'Neil to be a top candidate as Pettine's DC. Have heard Packers RB coach Alex Van Pelt a top choice for OC— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 23, 2014
Bills LBs coach Jim O'Neil will be Mike Pettine's defensive coordinator in Cleveland if the Bills let him out of his contract, I'm told.— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) January 23, 2014
Regarding Alex Van Pelt as offensive coordinator, the word is that he is staying with Green Bay as their new quarterbacks coach, so don't expect to see him brought aboard in Cleveland.
The Browns ended up being the final NFL team to hire a head coach after firing Rob Chudzinski, but the search for his replacement is finally over. The man for the job? A defensive-minded coach in Mike Pettine.
Is the search finally coming to a close?
Just when you thought it couldn't get any stranger.
The Browns will have a second interview with the Bills' Mike Pettine, and are asking about some of the 49ers' assistant coaches.
Yes -- the Dirk Koetter.
Another veteran defensive coach has departed the Cleveland Browns' staff.
If Gase isn't interested, the Browns might be prepared to turn their attention toward a defensive-minded coach.
With more and more assistants departing the Cleveland Browns by the day, it's only a matter of time before almost everybody is gone. With that said, as of Saturday night, here is a look at the assistant coaches that still remain with the team:
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
*Wide receivers coach Scott Turner has not officially joined the Vikings, but it has been strongly rumored that he will land there.
The Browns' longest-remaining assistant coach has departed.
The assistant coaching staff continues to thin, this time including both coordinators.
It's not Brad Seely, but the Cleveland Browns are adding a special teams coordinator to their list of head coaching candidates.
Even though the front office didn't approve of the job that Rob Chudzinski did, why is the Browns' front office allowing Ray Horton and Norv Turner to interview with other teams before the team's future head coach is hired? Wouldn't it be better for the next head coach to make that decision? Practically, yes. From a business perspective, no, according to Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan:
Those wondering why #Browns would let Ray & Norv get new gigs? Offset language in contracts lessens their payout if new coach fires them— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) January 16, 2014
The mentality sounds ridiculous, considering what the team is going to owe Chudzinski over the next several years by firing him. However, new head coaches rarely retain the full staff of assistants, so by allowing the assistants to find other work before they are "fired," it saves money. It would also be a reason why the team has waited so long to name their next head coach -- in hopes that guys like Horton and Turner can get "off the books." Turner is reportedly close to reaching a deal to become the Minnesota Vikings' next offensive coordinator.
After one season, Jon Embree has made a lateral move to become the Buccaneers' tight ends coach.
The Browns will reportedly be adding another candidate to the interview pool, Mike Pettine, the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills.
The Browns owner relays that the team is willing to wait for coaching candidates in the postseason, which may include the likes of Adam Gase, Dan Quinn, Greg Roman, and Josh McDaniels.
The Browns are down another assistant coach on defense, and more departures are likely soon to follow.
It's official: Cleveland will be the last team without a head coach.
Another name drops off the list...
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, one of the deterrents to enticing candidates for the Cleveland Browns' head coaching vacancy? Former head coach Rob Chudzinski, who was fired after just one year:
Other problems: Candidates have been calling Rob Chudzinski, who I’m told has been honest. Tough to lure candidates after one-and-done— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 12, 2014
Rapoport's colleague, Albert Breer, supported the notion of Cleveland's front office being radioactive:
You get the increasing feeling, talking to people around the league, that the Browns job is seen as radioactive. Tough spot for them.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 12, 2014
Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer refuted Rapoport's report a little bit later, though:
It's tough to say which report is true. On one hand, I think Cabot's report makes sense, because it would seem wise for a Chudzinski, potentially looking for another job, to have his name associated with being a guy who throws his former employers under the bus. On the other hand, this is an exception where Cleveland's front office is being viewed as erratic for ditching Chudzinski after just one season, which makes Rapaport's report seem believable.
Either way, in the whole grand scheme of things, I don't think what Chudzinski says will make a difference. How the Browns handled this situation is evident to everyone around the country, insiders and fans included, so it really comes down to whether the coordinator is willing to take the risk of a short-term job in Cleveland, or if they'd rather wait for a more patient front office in another year.
The game between the Chargers and Broncos today will have an impact on the Cleveland Browns' head coaching search.
Could Joe Banner be looking in to one of his long-time assistant coaches from his Philadelphia days?
Breaking down the (extensive) list of potential head coaches for the Cleveland Browns.
Should the Browns be prepared to lose Ray Horton and Ray Farmer?
Could the Browns be reaching for a veteran coach to save face after what happened with Josh McDaniels?
Has the Patriots' offensive coordinator removed himself from the Browns' head coaching search?
Add yet another name to the list of potential replacements for Rob Chudzinski as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Only 32 of these jobs in the whole world, but could the Browns have trouble filling the role?
The Browns have lost their first assistant coach after the firing of Rob Chudzinski.
Fresh off a win over Alabama, could Oklahoma's Bob Stoops be making the journey to the NFL?
Matt Wood and the rest of the DBN staff discuss the firing of Rob Chudzinski and where the team goes from here.
The Browns already have an early top candidate to replace Rob Chudzinski as head coach, and his name is Josh McDaniels.
Building upon what we learned earlier, there are two more names who the Cleveland Browns are reportedly requesting to interview: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. You'd have to think that Ray Horton, the current defensive coordinator of the Browns, would be a little perturbed, since Bowles is the guy who replaced him last year in Arizona.
Once Josh McDaniels interviews for the Browns job, again, I'll have a helluva time thinking someone else gets it— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 30, 2013
The early reports for Cleveland Browns coaching candidates are coming in: defensive coordinator Dan Quinn of the Seattle Seahawks and offensive coordinator Adam Gase of the Denver Broncos. The Browns can interview both Quinn and Gase next weekend since both Seattle and Denver will be on the bye in the playoffs.
Rinse and repeat.
Upon being fired, former Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski released the following statement via the Browns' PR staff:
"I was shocked and disappointed to hear the news that I was fired. I am a Cleveland Brown to the core, and always will be. It was an honor to lead our players and coaches, and I appreciate their dedication and sacrifice. I was more excited than ever for this team, as I know we were building a great foundation for future success. While clearly I would have liked to see the long-term vision through to the end, I am very grateful to Jimmy Haslam and the Haslam family for letting me live my dream."
Rob Chudzinski, Joe Banner, and Jimmy Haslam met with the players on the Browns the day after Chudzinski was fired.
The Browns' upper management will have some explaining to do.
Are head coaching candidates going to be scared away from the Browns, or are they simply going to want more money guaranteed?
Tony Grossi has the inside scoop on why Chud was fired. None of it is encouraging.
They say the best time to write an intelligent article about a major change to a sports organization is after time has passed and the facts are available to provide a clear picture of what has happened.
Those pieces are coming. This is not reflective of the effort that will follow in current days....this is an impassioned look at the sadness that has preceded Black Monday.
DBN's Mike Krupka reacts to the news of the Browns firing head coach Rob Chudzinski.
Only in Cleveland, eh?
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Cleveland Browns officials are meeting with head coach Rob Chudzinski Sunday night to discuss his future with the organization.
Browns officials meeting right now with Rob Chudzinski, whom @mortreport reported will be fired.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2013
Browns meeting with Rob Chudzinski was scheduled to get underway at 9 pm, so this thing could happen quick.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 30, 2013
It was reported earlier that the meeting was scheduled to take place Monday morning, but that when Chudzinski got back from Pittsburgh, he requested that the meeting be held tonight. Is Chudzinski's fate already sealed, or will he have the pitch of a lifetime ready to save his job?
After the Browns' 20-7 loss to the Steelers, several players heard about the rumors surrounding head coach Rob Chudzinski for the first time. Here are some tweets regarding what the players said, with the most vocal comments coming from linebacker D'Qwell Jackson.
Joe Thomas took the most emphatic stand. Keep Chud: "Absolutely!" If not? "Hitting the re-set button severely damages the organization."— Steve Doerschuk (@sdoerschukREP) December 29, 2013
"You don't fire your coach after 1 season" - Joe Thomas; added firing Chud would be disappointing— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) December 29, 2013
D'Qwell Jackson said that Chud being fired "will not happen." Said he's pissed there's even a report about it. #Browns— Ryan Lewis (@RyanLewisABJ) December 29, 2013
Jordan Cameron told me rumors are rumors (Gordon gone etc) and basically nonsense in his mind— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) December 29, 2013
Every player I spoke with emphatically backed Chud; said variety of things & no one constant resulted in 7-game slide to end season #Browns— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) December 29, 2013
#Browns HC Chud said he's "definitely" on the same page as CEO Joe Banner and owner Jimmy Haslam.— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) December 29, 2013
Early in the Browns-Steelers game, the Browns reportedly had no comment on the rumors surrounding the job security of head coach Rob Chudzinski. Toward the conclusion of the game, the team released the following statement:
"Our focus is on the game today. We will not discuss any evaluation of the season until this upcoming week."
It certainly doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement for Chudzinski.
Browns statement says it all.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) December 29, 2013
Part of the reason that Norv Turner came to the Cleveland Browns this offseason to be their offensive coordinator was the fact that his son, Scott Turner, came as part of a package -- he would be the team's wide receivers coach. While Josh Gordon flourished this year, all of the team's other receivers struggled. With rumors of head coach Rob Chudzinski's job being in jeopardy, rumors surfaced that the Turner family isn't too happy either:
Have heard rumblings that #Browns OC Norv Turner unhappy because of a potential change in son Scott's job description. He's WR coach.— Tom Reed (@treed1919) December 29, 2013
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