BEREA -- Rob Chudzinski says he was "shocked and disappointed" to be fired from his one-year post as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Those words came in a brief statement released shortly after noon Monday.
Read his full statement:
I was shocked and disappointed to hear the news that I was fired. I am a Cleveland Brown to the core, and always will be. It was an honor to lead our players and coaches, and I appreciate their dedication and sacrifice. I was more excited than ever for this team, as I know we were building a great foundation for future success. While clearly I would have liked to see the long-term vision through to the end, I am very grateful to Jimmy Haslam and the Haslam family for letting me live my dream.
During a Monday press conference, CEO Joe Banner revealed they had made their decision to fire Chudzinski on Saturday -- one day before the team's final game of the season.
After losing to the Steelers, the Browns finished the 2013 season 4-12.