Jimmy Haslam on firing of Browns' coach

BEREA -- Now that Rob Chudzinski is out as head coach of the Browns, what's next for the team?

Owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner spoke for 30 minutes to the media about their decision.

One question repeatedly fired at them was the skepticism from the fans that they are simply telling the same story: Wait until next year.

During the press conference, Haslam said "...these types of decisions...are always difficult...Rob Chudzinski...is a good person, a good man.."

Haslam said that this year, as he said back on July 26, that it "..was important to show improvement...a young team should get better...we understand the importance of continuity...but we also believe in the importance of getting it right..."

As far as who the Browns might be interviewing, Haslam would only say that "...coaches come in all shapes, sizes and fashions...and we don't know if it will take a week or a month (to hire a coach)..."

Haslam also talked about the fans and understands their disappointment. "We have the best fans in the world....and it galls me when (the media) writes 'same old browns'..."

"We are doing everything we can to get this right...we are in this for the long run....I have no idea if we will interview three people or 10 people..but talk is cheapwe need to get this right for the fans..."

"We deserve the skepticism," Haslam said, while vowing to find the right person to lead the team.

Banner said they made their decision to terminate Chudzinski on Saturday -- one day before the team's final game of the season against Pittsburgh.

After a 4-12 season, the Browns fired Chudzinski Sunday evening -- a tad shy of his one-year anniversary in the position.


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