Rob Chudzinski was caught off guard when he was notified he would no longer be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

In a statement released by the organization, Chudzinski, a lifelong Browns fan, said he was surprised and sad to have his dream job taken from him after just one season.

“I was shocked and disappointed to hear the news that I was fired," Chudzinski said. "I am a Cleveland Brown to the core, and always will be. It was an honor to lead our players and coaches, and I appreciate their dedication and sacrifice. I was more excited than ever for this team, as I know we were building a great foundation for future success. While clearly I would have liked to see the long-term vision through to the end, I am very grateful to Jimmy Haslam and the Haslam family for letting me live my dream.”

After a 3-2 start, Chudzinski's Browns finished 4-12, winning just once in the team's final 11 games.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.