The factory of sadness continues at full production. That much is clear.
The Cleveland Browns entered the offseason by cutting ties with first year head coach Rob Chudzinski. The idea was that Cleveland could snag a hot, up and coming name to lead their franchise in the right direction.
The first part of the plan went flawlessly. Chudzinski is no longer the head coach of the Browns. Beyond that, little has gone the way Cleveland had hoped.
The Browns’ head coaching search started going downhill when Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels withdrew his name from the coaching search. It was believed that the Browns had their eye on another candidate, and some thought McDaniels withdrew to save face should the Browns go in a different direction.
Now, Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase has withdrawn from the Browns’ coaching search according to Ian Rapoport, presenting a huge problem for Cleveland’s front office. Gase was widely believed to be coveted by the Browns, and without him, Cleveland will be missing out on that big name they were hoping to score.
Even worse, the Browns appear to be completely without direction. Usually teams have the ability to simply offer an assistant coach their top job, and that’s the end of their coaching search. Now, with two top offensive minds pulling their names out of the hat, the Browns appear to be fully primed to continue in the same direction they’ve been heading for years.
The biggest problem Cleveland has is that big name coaches know when they’re a hot item. They also realize few coaches get multiple cracks at the top job, meaning they can be picky about where they decide to land. With only one shot, and apparently only one year on the job in Cleveland, assistant coaches that are still young won’t be taking that shot in Cleveland.
Now, the specter of Chudzinski is coming back to haunt the Browns. Cleveland thought they’d be able to score that top tier coach that could lead them into the future. They didn’t consider what firing a coach after one year on the job would do to their legitimacy as a franchise.
In other words, no one wants to go to Cleveland simply because they know it’s a black hole of head coaches. Since 2000, the Browns have employed seven head coaches, and that includes three years of non-existence. When the Browns do hire a new scapegoat, that’ll be their eighth.
Until the Browns realize that stability often breeds success. Unfortunately, at least for Cleveland fans, the front office looks more intent on shifting blame for terrible performances to people they can easily drop at the end of the season
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Yes the change of ownership and management of the Browns since August 21, 1999 has been one big mess. One big dummy painted over old murals wanting to change Club Culture. Another big dummy brought all his loser players to Cleveland. Have yet to see running backs and quarterbacks worth a pinch of salt. I can not remember the last winning season for the Browns, now that is sad. If you want to kill a professional football team the Cleveland Browns are doing such with ease. Hell they should call John Madden out of retirement or get Terry Bradshaw or even Howie Long in as head coach, the worst they can do is have a break even season.
First brief observation --- if I am the third comment not many people care. Second , if you are on an interview that will change your life, make sure you are looking at people you like and trust. If you don't see that across the desk -- run. One guy appears to shed blame like a Teflon pan and he other guy is in trouble for lacking proper moral direction (he might call them business decisions). If that doesn't make a potential head coach run you might wonder about his intelligence.
If anyone should have been fired, it would be those in the front office! You give a coach 3 quarterbacks and all three are injured during the year, you trade your #1 running back, and yet you expect miracles from your coach. I saw a team on the field this year that were playing like they wanted to win in spite of the odds against them. What the Browns front office did to Chud was not only bad business, it reflected an organization that is not getting what it deserves, a cold shoulder from any reputable coach worth hiring. Who in their right mind would want to work for an organization that has the patience of an 8 year old spoiled brat.
Chud deserved at least one more year to show progress given the fact that the front office decided to throw in the towel before a game was played this year. Clearly it was yet again another rebuilding year, and all you can expect is a team playing hard for their coach and being competitive on the field. The front office needed to understand one thing; Cleveland fans are loyal to a fault, but what happened at the end of the season set this franchise back many, many years. Not only will the Browns have difficulty in finding quality coaches, they will now have trouble keeping the good players currently on the team. The best thing that could happen to the Browns is for the Feds to descend on the front office and take them away for 8 to 15. At least the fans and the players would feel exonerated!
Well Mag it has been a mess. Many folks don't remember that that Mr. Belichick was a head coach here at one time. While his tenure was rocky he did make a very interesting comment while he was here. While it is too far back for verbatim I think it went like this "You don't need the best athletes to win a Super Bowl but you need the athletes with the best character". That in my mind, pertains to the entire organization. Wonder if Mr. Belichick remembers this statement?
As a season ticket holder for more than 40 years (in our family), I am thoroughly disgusted. I think winning the lottery will be easier than the Browns even getting to the playoffs. I've already notified the ticket office that I will not be renewing my life long season tickets. It will be cheaper for me to fantasize about the Browns winning a championship. My message to ALL Browns fans that are season ticket holders to rebel and not get our ticket money anymore.