Thank goodness. That'll make all our lives a little more tolerable (until these new unis are revealed and then....)
Yes. However, I live in my parents' basement often dresssed in nothing but plastic wrap, banging away on the Internet, and admiring my collection of chrome mini-helmets.
It's sooooooooo hard when it's sooooooo easy
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Here we go again...
I bet I wasn't the only one thinking that when the Browns introduced Rob Chudzinski as their new head coach. This is not a knock on Chudzinski. The more research I do on the former Carolina offensive coordinator, the more I like the hire.
But it's still ... Here we go again.
Two years ago, it was Pat Shurmur at a press conference like this. Four years ago, it was Eric Mangini. Chudzinski is the sixth coach since the team returned in 1999, and three have been wiped out in two years.
Here we go again...
That's why so many fans listen to the press conference for the new coach and think, "This will never work."
Chudzinski has the advantage not only of growing up a frustrated Browns fan, but being here twice as an assistant. But when he used the word "process," I winced. It was a flashback to Chris Palmer, the coach in 1999. Others have mentioned it.
Browns fans are weary of plans and "the process." They want to see progress in one place -- the victory column.
Here we go again...
At one point during the coaching search, I received several emails from fans who suddenly wanted Shurmur and his staff back because they feared the new guys would be even worse.
I much preferred Shurmur to Chip Kelly, the Oregon coach with zero pro experience in any capacity. But I have come to terms with Chudzinski, and not because he used to pretend to be Ozzie Newsome and Brian Sipe. Rather, he has had some degree of success with quarterbacks as different as Cam Newton and Derek Anderson.
The most impressive part of Chudzinski's two years as Carolina's offensive coordinator was last season with how he helped revive Newton, who was the star of his own huge pity party early in the year.
In the first eight games of 2012, Newton had six touchdown passes to eight interceptions, a 77.7 rating. The Panthers were 2-6. In the last eight games, Newton had 13 TDs, four interceptions. The Panthers were 5-3 as Newton had a 94.2 rating. That's real progress and an indication of solid coaching.
I believe Chudzinski will make Brandon Weeden a better quarterback, just as I believe Shurmur was correct insisting Weeden will be much better in 2013 for the simple reason that he's no longer an NFL rookie.
Here we go again...
That can change with a short winning streak. Remember the optimism when Mangini ended 2009 with four wins to finish at 5-11? Or when the Browns beat New Orleans and New England in back-to-back weeks in 2010? Or when they won three in a row this season?Fans are waiting for a reason to believe.
I look at the talent assembled by former general manager Tom Heckert (I still wish the Browns had kept him), and I'm optimistic. I just hope they get it right when it comes to the general manager.
The draft is coming and "Here we go again..." pops into my mind when I think of all the bad drafts. I'm trying not to think that way. I'm vowing to give everyone a fresh start. That's because two years from now, I don't want to sit through another press conference with another new coach.
By Nate Ulrich
Beacon Journal sports writer
Published: January 12, 2013 - 11:06 PM
Gary and Ruth Chudzinski simultaneously used cordless phones Thursday night at their Fremont home, so they could listen to an important call together.
Their son, Rob, was on the other end of the line.
“He said to both of us, ‘Do you know who this is?’ ” Gary Chudzinski said Saturday in a phone interview with the Beacon Journal. “We said, ‘Of course.’ He said, ‘Do you know you’re talking to the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns?’ That was a shocker to us, and we were really surprised and happy for him.”
They weren’t the only ones.
Rob Chudzinski, a 44-year-old Toledo native, comes from a clan of rabid Browns fans. Once Chudzinski’s parents found out owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner had hired their oldest of three children and only son as the team’s 14th full-time head coach and sixth since 1999 during a dinner Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., word spread quickly throughout the family.
“My dad called me,” Dave Dixon, Chudzinski’s cousin, said Saturday in a phone interview. “It wasn’t on the Internet yet. It was surreal. I had to work the next day, and I couldn’t sleep. The excitement Rob showed is exactly what we’re all feeling. I’ve been a Browns fan a long time. We were celebrating, high-fiving, calling all the cousins.”