The Cleveland Browns decided to let Rob Chudzinski go after just one season as the team's head coach.
In a statement, the Browns announced Chudzinski was fired after directing the franchise to a 4-12 season.
“We appreciate Chud's passion for the Browns, and we have great respect for him both personally and professionally,” the Browns said in a statement. “We needed to see progress with this football team. We needed to see development and improvement as the season evolved and, unfortunately, we took a concerning step backward in the second half of the year.
“Our fans deserve to see a consistently competitive team,” the statement continued. “We have high standards, and there's an urgency for success. When we believed we were not positioned to achieve significant progress in 2014, we knew we had to admit that a change was needed, and move forward.”
“Browns fans are the most loyal and passionate supporters in the NFL. We're fully committed to bringing them the winning football team they deserve.”
The Browns began the year 3-2 and appeared to be a contender in the AFC North. The Browns then just won one game in their final 11.
The last time Cleveland finished a season with a winning record was in 2007, when the Browns were 10-6 but missed out on the playoffs.
The last postseason trip for the Browns was in 2002, though they lost in the wild card round. That was only the second time the Browns had reached the postseason (1994) since going five consecutive years from 1985-1989.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.