April 23, 2014

NFL News: Rob Chudzinski shuts down Josh Gordon trade rumors

Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski attempted to stop the buzz about the ongoing Josh Gordon trade rumors during his usual Monday press conference.

After the second-year receiver’s outstanding performance in Sunday’s dramatic win over the Minnesota Vikings, the first-year head coach stood by his emerging star.

Chudzinski said “we have no plans on doing that” when addressed about the Gordon rumors. He said the talk is “just noise”, while again repeating later that the team has “no plans on any trades.”

Rumors began circulating Sunday morning before gametime that the Browns were fielding offers for Gordon and Greg Little, while also hunting for Texans backup running back Ben Tate.

With his second comment about “no plans on any trades”, Chudzinski also was referring to the status of Little, who was benched from the starting lineup on Sunday yet still grabbed three catches.

Also notable from his comments, Chudzinski called quarterback Brian Hoyer’s performance on Sunday “gutsy” but declined to commit further to the 27-year-old Clevelander. He said he plays on waiting until he has all of the information, likely about Brandon Weeden’s injury status.

Obviously, with last week’s trade of Trent Richardson, many fans had expected a complete fire sale of the Browns’ remaining offensive assets accumulated by the previous front office. Gordon, at just 22 and displaying flashes of elite performance in his starts, would likely bring in the best return. But with Sunday’s win, perhaps the Browns aren’t in as dire a state as one might have thought, which is what Kirk wrote about earlier today.

[Related: On Josh Gordon’s numbers and Joe Banner’s word]

  • FearTheRoo

    The only thing worse than making dumb trades is lying to your fanbase about it.

    Just say “no comment” and move on.

  • JHop

    I can understand the ‘He doesn’t fit in our system and was overvalued’ reasoning behind trading Richardson. But as Sunday showed, Gordon is a perfect fit for Chud & Norv’s system. Even if we got another 1st round pick for Gordon, what player out there is better suited? Marquis Lee? Sammy Watkins?

    I’m starting to think this is slowly turning into a direct showing of Banner’s pride. That is, he wants to show that he can building a team from the ground up without any of the previous regime’s help.

    That, or he’s trying to give Heckert the biggest figurative middle finger possible.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Speaking of Chud: Why’d he not call timeout with 1:40 to go before the half when MIN was lining up for a FG? Why let them run the clock to 1:09? Browns could have had a lot more time for a drive there.

    Otherwise a really well coached game, but that decision was a bit troubling because of the past coaches we have had and their (lack of) clock management.

  • nj0

    What’s he lying about?

  • nj0

    We haven’t traded anyone beside Richardson. Lets crucify the front office for things they’ve done rather than for things the rumor mill says they supposedly do.

  • Denny

    Yes, because if Grossi’s interview with Banner showed us anything, it’s that Chud and Lombardi always in the loop w/r/t trades.

  • Robbie S

    Perhaps Chud had himself a little ‘Holmgren’ moment and went to Banner to speak with him about the Gordon trade romors.

  • FearTheRoo

    Adam Schefter has been saying for the past two days that Josh Gordon will be traded. Unfortunately I believe him more.

  • nj0

    So we’re bashing Chud because of the rumor mill? Got it.

  • MrCleaveland

    Translation: Josh, great game yesterday. All is forgiven.

  • Wow

    let’s hope and pray Banner isn’t that stupid.

  • Wow

    It’s Tony Grossi though..

  • Wow

    Schefter has been wrong more than once though.

  • BrownieBob

    The more I think about it, the more convinced I am becoming that this Richardson trade is going to be absolute sheer brilliance when its all said and done…..He has never shown any burst and looks tentative at best……Even a good rookie will have a few flashes of brilliance…..Trent really didn’t have any……I think he is going to be a decent RB but never one worth a 1st rd pick…..
    Josh Gordon on the other hand has shown the ability to be a complete beast in the 17 games that he has played in…..avg 16 yds per catch….separation all the time….You will have a tough time convincing me that he isn’t going to be a superstar in this league….(.that is unless he cant pass a drug test )…..I think that anyone who right now says they would rather have Trent than Gordon is lying to themselves…….

  • Harv 21

    While he’s working with players and his assistants toward the next opponent, kinda doubt that Banner does anything more with Chud than debriefs him about player performances and seeks input about roster spots before those moves are made. Doubt Chud is in a convo-to-convo loop – he is otherwise occupied, especially since he’s a rook HC.

    He did a great job last week, obviously, in getting players to “tune out the noise,” as he says. Chud needs to say stuff for his locker room. Parsing his response to trade questions is like replaying on a loop Michael Bourn’s response to attendance questions – what substance can be expected, and who would ask him other than the writer desperate for a quote for the assigned story from anyone?

  • Guest

    It’s Grossi though..

  • WFNY_DP

    Banner doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to tear down a very, very solid defensive front, built mostly by the previous regime. Let’s tone it down just a bit.

  • mgbode

    Just to list out the front7 pieces:

    Rubin, DQ – old-school Browns
    Sheard, Taylor, Robertson (+ Winn/Hughes as backup DL) – Heckert guys
    Bryant, Mingo, Kruger, Groves – Banner guys

    everybody else is really just filler and no surprise either way of if they are on the team next year.

  • Tiredfan

    i heard they are going to trade Brandon weeden and greg little for a waterboy and a couple of hotdog vendors. the waterboy for the O line, getting pushed back 10 yards every play will make you thirsty. and the hotdog vendors for season tickrt holders shove hotdogs in thier throats so you can’t hear them Boo.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    “Obviously, with last week’s trade of Trent Richardson, many fans had expected a complete fire sale of the Browns’ remaining offensive assets accumulated by the previous front office.”

    I’m sorry…why is this obvious? Why would any team trade away all the best pieces of their team? To tank? You don’t need to get rid of everyone…in fact, you’re allowed to keep around any of the talented players the previous boss hired.

    I am hearing so many assumptions from the fan base since the TRich trade. I’m starting to think it really is true that we are suffering from some kind of sports fan PTSD after so many years of losing.

    And please, WFNY… “many fans had expected.” That’s the laziest form of speculation without substance out there.

    Don’t go all Fox News on me now. You’re better than that.

  • Old goat

    Ladies and gentleman I give you the Kardiac Kids The Sequel…. With Weedhead at the helm cheers will soon turn to tears. For one week the Clowns are gone and the Cleveland Browns are back.

  • Natedawg86

    Would you draft Richardson today with the 15th pick? Probably not. Good trade.

  • BNUM26

    Agreed Brother.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    The negativity never really left, though… that’s unfortunate.

  • The Other Tim

    To say that Richardson didn’t have any flashes of brilliance means that you weren’t watching.

  • http://www.cinpleweb.com/ stin4u

    Lots swirling about the recently injured (making a pizza run I might add) Nate Burleson and the Lions making some calls. I will gladly give up Little; I might lose my mind if they trade Gordon.