Many didn’t understand why the Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski was fired after only one season, but Cleveland’s situation is getting worst. The front office still hasn’t found a replacement while other rebuilding teams, like the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins, and Minnesota Vikings have hired new coaches. Now, while the Browns have Coach Vacant leading their team, other staff members are peacing out.
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who did his best with the players available and was smart enough to realize what he had in Josh Gordon, ditched Cleveland after just one season, going to the Minnesota Vikings under new head coach Mike Zimmer. According to a report that came out after Chud was fired, Turner wasn’t sure that the front office had a real plan in place. He eventually bounced.
Today, defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who had a better group of talent on defense than Turner and delivered impressive results, left the Browns to be a defensive coordinator for new Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Horton particularly improved the secondary, which allowed just 221.1 passing yards per game, eighth-fewest in the league this season. It was a good first season under Horton, but now he’s gone. He’s also taking the defensive backs coach Ken Whisenhunt with him.
Sometimes, a new head coach will install his own coordinators, but Turner and Horton didn’t wait for that to happen. With every other team in flux getting things together, the pool of candidates has shrunk, and not just for head coach possibilities, but coordinators, as well. Whatever the Browns’ plans are, they better start making some moves.