On the bus back to Pittsburgh, Jabaal Sheard showed me a text from his agent that said Chud could be fired. I said, ‘No way. No way.’ After the Trent Richardson trade and our quarterback injuries, I thought for sure he’d get a pass. Not one year. Come on. One year? There’s no way. Chud was good for us, good for the team. He came in and did everything right, I thought. At the end of the day, you’ve got to trust Banner and company know what they’re doing, and have something planned for us. [...] [Pittsburgh has had] three [coaches] since 1969? That’s incredible. Next year will be my ninth season here—and it’ll be my fifth head coach. [...] We’ve had some crazy things happen since I’ve been here. This is actually the second time a coach got fired after we bused back from our last game in Pittsburgh. It happened to Romeo Crennel too. But this one, this tops the list. This is just crazy.
— Cleveland Browns linebacker and team captain D’Qwell Jackson, to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, following the firing of head coach Rob Chudzinski. Chudzinski was fired following the Browns’ 20-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, just one year after being hired. Jackson’s status with the team going forward is also in question as the team-leader in tackles is also due a roster bonus of $4.1 million on March 11 and has a cap number of $9.43 million for 2014. His outspoken defense of Chudzinski could also play a role.
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