I remember a couple of days after Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt took the Tennessee Titans head coaching job and Baltimore Ravens OC Jim Caldwell filled in the Detroit Lions vacancy, I tweeted the following….
— The Sage of Sports (@GETWITTEDSPORTS) January 15, 2014
Black Monday (the Monday when lowly head coaches go to slaughter after the last Sunday of the regular season) came around the Cleveland Browns fired coach Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night; they couldn’t wait for the break of dawn. After the dust settled, there were 6 NFL head coaching vacancies ( Browns, Titans, Vikings, Lions, Washington and Buccaneers) and 5 weeks after the firing “Chud”, they are the only team that is left without a head coach.
It’s not like they haven’t been trying. They have been turned down by Arizona Cardinals DC Todd Bowles, New England Patriots OC Josh McDaniels (who is from Ohio) and the latest “no thank you” came from Denver Broncos OC Adam Gase who stated that he was concentrating on the Super Bowl….yeah….right!
You have assistants who have been in the league for 20 years and waiting for the opportunity to run one of the 32 teams in the NFL, a shot that might not ever come again and they turned the job down. The Browns have a good defense, some good pieces on offense in wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron and the fourth overall pick of the draft and another first-rounder thanks to the Trent Richardson trade; I believe that they are a QB away from doing damage in the AFC North. It should be a fairly attractive job. So what is going on with the Browns that is making the job distasteful.
The Chudzinski firing seem to be the glaring reason why it’s an ugly job to try and take. Less than a year after touting Chudzinski as one of the brightest young coaches in the NFL and a guy CEO Joe Banner said he had his eye on for a long time, the Browns let him go after one season as coach. Let’s not forget the injury issues at quarterback and trading running back Richardson early in the season. This shows the lack of loyalty with owner Jimmy Haslam and the Browns organization. I have to admit that it wouldn’t look good for me either and I wouldn’t leave my coordinator position for a head coaching job where you don’t know if you have more than a year to prove your worth.
They might have to look amongst the college level to find a coach to “bite”…..hey, they can always try Jim Tressel.