Rob Chudzinski will be fired by Browns after 1 season, according to report

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

It appears the Browns are poised to start another coaching search.

Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski will be fired this week, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports is reporting a different timeline, indicating Chudzinski has not been fired at this time, but not indicating whether firing the coach is in the team's plans. LaCanfora indicates that other organizational changes could be made.

Chudzinski was hired prior to the start of the season by first-year general manager Michael Lombardi, who brought in the former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator to revitalize the team's passing offense, much as he did with Cam Newton.

Quarterback struggles sunk the Browns' season, with Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell all starting games at quarterback for Cleveland without success. The team lost 10 of its final 11 games following a promising start to the season.

There is no indication at this time who the team could look at to replace Chudzinski, and it's unclear when the organization will make an announcement on the head coach's future.

The Browns' offense improved from 25th in the league in yards to 15th, but struggled to score -- adding one point per game and finishing 26th in points scored.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon was the catalyst for the improvement in yards, but the team lacked a balanced attack without a signature running back after the team traded Trent Richardson early in the season. Cleveland took a step back defensively too, allowing 2.7 points more than 2012.

Cleveland finished with a 4-12 record, the Browns' sixth straight season under .500.

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