NFL Notes: Browns fire Chudzinski; Ryan safe with Jets

NFL Notes: Browns fire Chudzinski; Ryan safe with Jets
December 29, 2013, 9:15 pm

The Cleveland Browns have fired Rob Chudzinski after just one season. The Jets, separately, will be bringing back Rex Ryan. (USA Today Images)

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have fired coach Rob Chudzinski following one season, which started promising but ended with a seven-game losing streak.

Chudzinski had only been in place since Jan. 11, when the Ohio native and lifelong Browns fan was hired for his dream position by owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner. The Browns started 4-5, but collapsed in the final two months and the organization decided Sunday night to cut ties before heading into a second season with Chudzinski.

Cleveland ended its season with a 20-7 loss in Pittsburgh. The Browns dropped 10 of their last 11.

Chudzinski had plenty to deal with as a rookie coach, including an unsettled quarterback situation as the Browns were forced to use three starters because of injuries.

Jets owner: Rex Ryan will return
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The postgame cheer from inside the New York Jets' locker room could be heard in the stadium hallways.

The reason for the roar: The Jets were keeping their coach.

Shortly after Sunday's 20-7 victory over Miami to conclude an 8-8 season, Jets owner Woody Johnson told the team that Rex Ryan would return for a sixth season in 2014.

"Everyone in the locker room was ecstatic," quarterback Geno Smith said. "It felt as if you won the Super Bowl. Having our head coach back, a guy we enjoy playing for, it's great."

Ryan was given the news before the game. He's 42-38 in the regular season with the Jets, and his future had been in doubt even though he's popular with players, has a 4-2 postseason record and has a year left on his contract.

The Jets will sit out the playoffs for the third year in a row.

"I'll say this: I love being the head coach of the New York Jets, plain and simple," Ryan said. "You put everything you've got into it. I never wanted to go out this way. We've missed the playoffs three straight years, and that bothers me, no question."

Players had expressed their support for Ryan in recent days and did so again after the finale.

"Everybody wanted Rex back," linebacker Calvin Pace said. "He's the right man for the job," (see full story).