In a move that surprises many (but probably shouldn’t), the Cleveland Browns have decided to part ways with head coach Rob Chudzinski after just one year on the job. Chudzinski, a Toledo native, signed a four-year deal to be Cleveland’s coach less than one year ago, and is still owed over $10M by the team.
The Browns got off to a 3-2 start this season, despite a revolving door of quarterbacks and the early-season trade that sent Trent Richardson to Indianapolis. However, the team won just 1 of their final 11 games (including losing their final 7), likely prompting the front office to go in a different direction.
According to ESPN, the team has interest in New England Patriots assistant Josh McDaniels, and has asked New England for permission to interview him. They’ve also asked the Broncos for permission to interview offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
Ian Rapaport of NFL.com is reporting that Browns CEO Joe Banner has ruled out candidates that were interviewed for the job prior to Chudzinski’s hiring. This means names like Ken Whisenhunt, Bill O’Brien, Mike Zimmer and Ray Horton won’t be considered.