NFL notes: Browns fire Chudzinski; Jets cheer keeping Ryan

2013-12-29T18:56:56Z 2013-12-29T22:21:04Z NFL notes: Browns fire Chudzinski; Jets cheer keeping RyanWire reports Arizona Daily Star
December 29, 2013 6:56 pm  • 

CLEVELAND — Rob Chudzinski didn’t even get a full year to fix the Browns.

Cleveland’s front office fired Chudzinski on Sunday night following his first season, which started promising but ended with a seven-game losing streak and a 4-12 record.

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 were 4-5 after a win over Baltimore on Nov. 3, but they collapsed in the final two months, blowing several late leads and the organization decided to cut ties before heading into a second season with Chudzinski.

“We appreciate Chud’s passion for the Browns, and we have great respect for him both personally and professionally,” the team said in a statement.

Jets retain their coach

MIAMI — After the Jets’ 20-7 victory over Miami to conclude an 8-8 season, New York owner Woody Johnson told the team that Rex Ryan would return for a sixth season in 2014.

“Everyone in the locker room was ecstatic,” Jets quarterback Geno Smith said. “It felt as if you won the Super Bowl.”

Ryan is 42-38 in the regular season and 4-2 in the postseason, but the Jets missed the playoffs for the third straight year.

Other coaching news

  • All signs point to
  • Tom Coughlin
  • , 67, returning as coach of the Giants for what would be the final year of his contract, but he balked when asked if he wants to come back for a 19th NFL season. “I hope he’s back and he wants to be back and the Giants want him back,” quarterback
  • Eli Manning
  • said after Sunday’s 20-6 win over Washington.
  • Redskins coach
  • Mike Shanahan
  • refused to address his future afterward. He plans to meet with owner
  • Daniel Snyder
  • today. Many believe the 61-year-old coach won’t be back because of his shaky relationship with QB
  • Robert Griffin III
  • , but offensive tackle
  • Trent Williams
  • hopes Shanahan returns: “I’d hate to see him get the brunt of the blame for our season when we as players just didn’t play well.”
  • Vikings coach
  • Leslie Frazier
  • could be fired today after meeting with owners
  • Zygi
  • and
  • Mark Wilf
  • and GM
  • Rick Spielman
  • . Frazier’s contract ends after the 2014 season, but it’s doubtful Minnesota would allo
  • w him to coach a lame-duck year.

Injury update

  • QB
  • Eli Manning
  • was knocked out of the Giants’ game against Washington after spraining his left ankle late in the first half. Manning started his 150th consecutive game.
  • Seattle lost defensive tackle
  • Brandon Mebane
  • (hip) and tight end
  • Luke Willson
  • (left leg) to injuries against St. Louis.
  • Cincinnati reconfigured its offensive line when center
  • Kyle Cook
  • suffered a foot injury and tackles
  • Anthony Collins
  • and
  • Andrew
  • Whitworth
  • hurt ankles.
  • In a 30-10 win over Jacksonville, Indianapolis lost cornerback
  • Vontae Davis
  • (groin), defensive lineman
  • Aubrayo Franklin
  • (knee) and linebacker
  • Bjoern Werner
  • (ankle).
  • Miami wide receiver
  • Brian Hartline
  • left in the first quarter with a left knee injury after a 25-yard reception that put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the second year in a row.

Gonzalez calls it quits

ATLANTA — Tight end Tony Gonzalez is ready for the next chapter of his life. He doesn’t plan to play another NFL game after his Atlanta Falcons lost 21-20 to Carolina to finish 4-12.

“It’s time for me to go into the next stage of life just like everybody else,” he said. “Nobody’s immune to this, and the way I’ve been able to go out on my own terms, it’s a blessing.”

The 13-time Pro Bowler had 56 yards on four catches, leaving him as the NFL’s No. 2 receiver in catches (1,325). He also ranks fifth in yards receiving (15,127) and sixth in TD catches (111).

Peyton sets record

With one stellar half, Denver’s Peyton Manning set the NFL single-season record for yards passing. He finished the season with 5,477 yards and 55 TD passes — both records — after completing 25 of 28 passes for 266 yards and four TDs in a 34-14 win over Oakland.

LeSean McCoy ran for 131 yards in a win over Dallas to finish with 1,607 yards, the first Eagle to win the rushing title since Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949.

Browns WR Josh Gordon had an NFL-high 1,646 yards receiving, a first for the franchise. Washington’s Pierre Garcon led with 113 cacthes.

Quotable

“I don’t think I have to say anything about my future. That’s not being smug. I come in and do my job the best that I can. That’s other people’s decision.” — Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano, on whether he will be fired

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