August 15, 2014

D’Qwell Jackson on Chud: “He came in and did everything right.”

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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  • CB Everett

    “Jackson’s status with the team going forward is also in question.” Actually, I don’t think his future is in question any longer. He might as well come right out and flip the FO the double bird.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    DQwell is just doing his small part to guarantee he gets to jump off this trainwreck. Good for him. He has suffered long enough.

  • bossman09

    doesn’t matter what Jackson says – he’s gone.

  • typo

    Good for DQwell. He knows he’s getting himself out of this dumpster fire. This regime makes me think of Vladimir Putin. And not in a good way.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    It was great seeing Phil Dawson come up big yesterday for the 49ers.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Jabaal Sheard you helped get your head coach fired – congrats!

  • simond

    Good luck to DQwell

    never thought he’d have been around the league this long, hard to imagine he was thought of as the 2nd best LB from his college team – after Shawne Merriman

  • Frank Oswald

    Actually Chud should have been fired before the game.

  • bupalos

    Please. He’ll make maybe 6M next year now. While I really do like the guy, there is no way the huge demotion coming his way isn’t a big part of his reaction.