This is what losers do. This is it right here. The formula.
Fire a head coach after one season. This is what the Cleveland Browns have done, and in their recent history of losery, losing, losing-est, lose-tastic things this franchise has done, this is one of the most ridiculous. The canning of Rob Chudzinski makes the organization—that is often a laughingstock—into the biggest joke in all of sports.
"Here we are again," said one NFC general manager, "laughing at the Browns."
One scout said the Browns are viewed around the league as a "toxic organization that if you touch, you turn to stone."
"A coach that has options would be insane to go there," said the scout.
The Browns are so dysfunctional that in an owner's box somewhere in the sky, even Al Davis is guffawing.
Winners don't do this. Winners aren't rash or illogical; they are analytical and smart. They don't treat an NFL team like it's in a Yahoo fantasy league. Winners know there is no way, none at all, that you can tell how good a head coach is after one season in the NFL. It is absolutely impossible. Can't be done.
Maybe there is some mysterious reason that we don't know about why Chudzinski was let go. But there are few secrets in the 21st-century NFL. Team officials say they have heard nothing strange. This appears to be simply an irrational move.
This will be the fourth Cleveland head coach fired since 2008. That's almost unfathomable.
The Browns aren't the only ones to do this, of course. It's part of a trend in the NFL over the past decade. Like teenagers, NFL executives have a short attention span and not a lot of patience.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Chudzinski is the sixth head coach in the past 10 years to lose his job after only one season. In a different time, firing a coach after one season was rare, like a Browns winning season. Now, because of the pressure to win right away, teams are more willing to do what was once considered extremely foolhardy.
Continuity is the lifeblood of a football organization. This new Browns regime was supposed to get this. They were supposed to stop the bleeding, not cut limbs.
Look at some of the league's perennial losers. The Raiders fired Hue Jackson in 2011 after one season, and the Jaguars did the same with Mike Mularkey last year. Notice the recent history of those teams.
Now, look at the league's winners. The Steelers have had three head coaches since 1969. Three. The Packers did fire Ray Rhodes after one season in 1999, but since then, the team has had just two coaches. The Giants have had three since 1992.
When Tom Coughlin once struggled, ownership kept him because the Giants are smart. They know things can turn on a dime, and they did. Coughlin would go on to win two Super Bowls.
He again struggled this season, and it appears management will show patience and give him another shot.
If Browns management had been running things, Coughlin would have been fired long ago, and the Giants would have never won those Super Bowls under him.
No, you can't.
"It sets everything back," Thomas added. "You just hit the reset button. Anytime you hit the reset button, it severely damages the organization, and it lengthens the amount of time that it takes to get back to the playoffs and turn the team into a consistent winner. … I think that this organization needs continuity, and that’s the only chance that we’re going to have to turn this team into a consistent winner."
Which the Browns will never be if they keep doing losery things like this.