Anonymous Browns player: This organization is a “joke”
On Monday, after a 4-12 season, the Cleveland Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski, who had just finished coaching his first year with the team. The firing seemed rather odd as not only had Chudzinski only coached for one season but he inherited a team full of sub-par talent. Most NFL coaches receive at least three seasons to implement their game play, draft their own players and try to improve the team. Instead, the Browns gave up on Chudzinski immediately.
Not only has the Browns organization alienated their fan base but they have angered a number of their players as well.
One veteran Browns player, who remained anonymous, was angry enough about the firing of Chudzinski that he told NFL.com’s Michael Silver that the Browns organization is a “joke”.
“This organization is a joke,” one Browns veteran told NFL Network’s Michael Silver. “I’m completely in the dark about this. Please [rip them]. I feel for Chud. He was good to us.”
Another veteran Browns player says he is tired of the carousel of head coaches who have come and gone over the past few seasons.
“We are so dysfunctional,” the player said. “These billionaires need to pick somebody and stay with them. These aren’t girlfriends. You can’t dump them if they [fail to please you] one time. Too many dominoes fall and (screw stuff) up when that happens. This is highly upsetting.”
Not only did the Browns fire their head coach after just one season but they also traded one of their promising players, Trent Richardson, to the Indianapolis Colts for a first round draft pick.
According to the anonymous Browns player, the players are upset because they believed the team was building towards the future and now they fired their coach after one season.
“It makes no sense,” the anonymous Browns player told Silver. “Everything we did this year was setting up the future – trading draft picks, trading players for next year’s picks, playing young guys toward the end of the year to see what they look like, sitting older guys at the end to get them healthy when they could have played.
“This is such a rash decision. They just (expletive) hired him last year! The whole year we were making all decisions for the future and now you’re pissed the coach didn’t win this year? What the (heck)? It was like a big experiment with players and scheme. I think it came from upstairs, and then they are surprised we didn’t win more games? Yes, it’s all about patience and then fire your coach Year 1. This blows.”
The Browns are interviewing New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was previously the head coach of the Denver Broncos from 2009 to 2010.
If the Browns hire McDaniels, they will not be improving the team. Not only did McDaniels have a 11-17 record with the Broncos, but now the organization is making their players angry.
Even with two first round picks in the upcoming draft, the Browns have a long way to go before they can expect to compete in the AFC North.
For starters, maybe they should consider keeping their head coach for longer than one season.