Was Rob Chudzinski given a fair chance in Cleveland?

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Rob ChudzinskiIn this episode of the Red Light Sports Ramble, Evan and Troy introduce a new sub episode called “The Red Light Rant” where Evan is ‘Running Red Lights’ and Troy is ‘Buring Rubber at the Red LIght’.  You may have guessed right, the Saturday episode is meant for the boys to rant about a topic that happened in sports the past week that “Irks them”, “Lights their fuse” or “Grinds their Gears”.

This episode discusses the firing of Rob Chudzinski formally with the Cleveland Browns.  When you look at the NFL and the teams that are successful year in and year out, what is one thing that they have in common?  Stability in the Head Coaching position.  Granted, if the coach has been given ample time to turn a franchise around and continues to lose and his teams are not improving then it is time for a change.  However, in Rob Chudzinski’s case, he was given one year with some pieces, but the key piece was missing, the quarterback.  When Brian Hoyer was healthy, Chudzinski had found a quarterback that could help him stabilize the offense.  When Hoyer was injured and they went back to Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell the team suffered offensively.  Also, they traded away a former 1st round pick, Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts.  This turned out to be a good trade since Richardson has underperformed in Indianapolis.  With the rash of quarterback injuries, the Cleveland Browns signed Alex Tanney from the Cowboys practice squad.  Chudzinski being a great offensive mind could have helped groom this young quarterback to fit into his system, but the GM and owner pulled the trigger after one season on Rob Chudzinski.

They boys also ranted about fans who want their coaches fired when the team is struggling.  Primarily, Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh.  The team started 0-4 and everyone wanted him fired, or at least Todd Haley or Dick Lebeau to be relieved of their duties.  Well as time went on the Pittsburgh Steelers almost snuck into the playoffs after their horrid start.

Listen to what Evan and Troy think about both of topics on the “The Red Light Rant”

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  • californy

    I believe Chud got a bad deal in Cleveland, They were down to their 3-4 string QB on this team. They also started to purge their talent off the roster early in the season with the trade of Richardson, which i was always though was a good trade when it first happen.

  • californy

    The cut that surprise me the most is the release of Dennis Allen from The Raiders. If you look at The Raider situation, they were in cap hell until Their GM Mckensie started their fire sale of their under preforming players. The Raiders cut 80 Million off of their team roster this year and still won the same amount of game they won the year prior. In 2014, they open up with 66-68 Million underneath the roster. I do understand their strategy to get under the cap, they just seem to lack direction of what they are going to do

  • californy

    My coach of the year candidate goes to Bruce Arians in Arizona. Look at their record 10-6 and playing the SF and Seattle twice on the season. That despite losing their top 1st rd pick last year. Palmer at 24-22 on the season was a progress killer and that what makes the 10-6 more impressive to.

  • californy

    I am surprise Cleveland did that with the ex Detroit HC Jim Swartz. If you look at theiir history, they never been a top 10 defense ever. Cleveland finished with a DC Ry Horton that was a top 10 defense this year

  • californy

    I believe Cleveland is looking at Josh McDaniel as HC, but the hiring of DC assistants prior to the HC irks me.

  • californy

    Cleveland is lacking on the offensive side of the ball, It amazing that under this system Josh Gordon is the best WR in the NFL base on yardage, despite having a 4th string QB playing for them

  • californy

    I though the release of Tennessee HC was shocking to me. I could be wrong but they just added 3 new player on the Offensive line this year. The problem in Tenn, is the QB

  • californy

    I am very impressed with the play of the Steelers down the stretch, they have some good player their who didn’t quit on their HC this year. Pittsburg has some accountability with that team.base on how the players responded to them this year

  • californy

    Norv did a great job in Cleveland, I hope to see him move on to a team that really appreciates that knowledge he has. I am hoping he goes to the Rams or SF coaching staff. He would trive there with all the underdevelop weapons they have there