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Chudzinski: “I know how important this team is to this region and to our fans…”

On Monday afternoon, Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski met with the media and talked again about the loss to the Jets and the 4-11 Browns.

“After watching tape, I feel the same way as I did last night. Not happy with our performance, as both coaches and players. Our execution was not good enough. We weren’t able to accomplish the things we set out to in terms of our plan in order to win. Specifically turnovers, the performance in the third down and the red zone, as well as the line-of-scrimmage battle up front on both sides of the ball,” said Chudzniski.”

“I know how important this team is to this region and to our fans, and we’re going to keep fighting to get this thing turned around.”

Chudzinski’s Browns finish the season on Sunday in Pittsburgh against the 7-8 Steelers. Pittsburgh beat the Packers in overtime on Sunday to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. After losing their first four games and six of their first eight, the Steelers have won five of their last seven, including a 27-11 win over the Browns in week 12.

The Browns have lost six games in a row and nine of their last ten.

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  • Garry_Owen

    Well golly, now I feel better.

  • humboldt

    Chud both deeply cares and gets it, which makes it even more difficult to watch him shoulder the accountability until the owner and GM re-emerge from their respective bunkers after the Pittsburgh loss.

  • simond

    keep waiting for next year…

  • Wow

    I bet he wishes he was with Carolina.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Packers vs Steelers didn’t go to overtime.

    Also, Chud said “I also understand how important tradition is to the region, which is why the coaching staff has worked so hard to deliver another season with no more than a handful of wins. Northeast Ohio families deserve a holiday season without the added stress of a Browns playoff run.”

    At least, that’s what I imagine him saying.

  • stryker1121

    Words are wind, Chud. We’ve heard it before and all the gum-flapping means nothing w/o results on the field.

  • Kildawg

    Let’s be honest with ourselves here: were the Browns going to be serious playoff contenders this year? Probably not. Next year, with a good draft, the Browns should make a serious push. Team needs consistency. Win in Pittsburgh would be huge; I would celebrate that much more than New Year’s.

  • Steve_Not_Chad

    🙁

  • Steve_Not_Chad

    Plug

  • Wow

    All the people down voting must like losing.

  • Petefranklin

    This team could have contended this year, All it would have taken is actually drafting some players, signing another player or two from the 12 million that doesn’t roll over, and not giving up on the season before it started. The AFCN was ripe for the taking this year. So, to be honest, since they weren’t superbowl contenders this year 4 wins is acceptable for you right? BTW the superbowl odds on the Browns this year were the lowest since 2008, which is only the second time since Modell that the Odds were less than 100/1 (50/1 this year).

  • Bill

    It amazes me how high hopes were this year despite the fact we all knew we had no quarterback, average receivers, and a real lack of depth, thanks to the previous regime. We spent all our resources working to improve the D this year, and the offense will be improved over this offseason. I have faith that this group will improve the O and this team will be highly competitive in 2014, perhaps even a playoff team. You can’t rebuild it all in one season, and with 10 draft picks, this is the perfect storm in a deep draft to get the Browns back to relevance. Much as I’d love a win over the Steelers, I’ll take a 4-12 season and a top 3 pick in all rounds. Playoffs in 2014 and beyond.

  • whosevelt

    Hopes were not particularly high this year, although we did hope that Gordon would continue to develop and we felt good about Richardson as well. As it turned out, Gordon may be the best receiver in football and the team is worse, not better than last year, though the division is dramatically worse.
    And while it’s true that we focused our resources on defense, it’s not true that we focused all of our resources there – most of our available resources were not spent at all, but were returned to our upstanding owner’s legal defense fund. We have sucked for fifteen years because “you can’t rebuild in one year”. If you still buy that crap, you’re just willfully blind.

  • paulbip

    You don’t win the next year with a good draft. Rookies are about worthless in their first year.

  • BallsMahoney

    exactly which players wouldve made this team a playoff contender. This team needs more than one draft on boiht sides the defense is incredibly overrated and the offense without a good qb will never win us games.

  • Ladue Brand

    Now just don’t blow it and go out and win this last meaningless game. Were talking QB in the draft here along with some of the other bottom dwellers. You want every advantage, in case of trade up scenario’s. Two month’s from now no one will care about this game

  • Petefranklin

    Two FA guards and the QB’s wouldn’t have gotten clobbered, and maybe the running game works.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Just realized that the difference between the Steelers having a losing season or not is this game against the Browns. It seems impossible based on the direction both teams have been heading, but man would I like to see the Browns win this Sunday in Pittsburgh. The Browns played with no heart and no pride the last time these two teams squared off in Cleveland when making the playoffs was an attainable goal. Seems like such a long shot now.

  • Toddyus

    There’s actually quite a bit of meaning in his statement. Particularly his comment about execution. It’s a real dividing line in the coaches’ perception that essentially says, “the plan is not the problem, the play is the problem.”

    In management terms, the coaches’ position is a big deal. The truth is, the plan may be the problem, but if the coaches don’t commit fully to it, they WILL fail. If they stick to their guns and focus on incremental improvement in the level of play, they MAY succeed.

    I only know football as a fan, but this sort of leadership carries into business, an area in which I’m better versed. The fact is, you can convince a guy to be better than he really is. When you challenge him (or her) with something, he will think about it. He will doubt he can do it and he will likely fail and more than once. When you continually challenge him with the same thing, if he’s the right guy, he will eventually stop thinking about it. He will, by rote, execute it, and eventually succeed or prove he cannot. Either way, you will get a definitive result.

    This approach has been missing for the last 14 years in Berea. It’s the approach, I believe, that has produced the sort of play we’ve seen this year from guys like Buster Skrine and Tashaun Gipson. It’s also one of the reasons the team has parted ways with other guys. Done right, it should be systematic and even handed. That way every guy has a clear path to success.