Now in their defense it can be said that this was a new owner and upper management that inherited the "sins" of the previous ownership. And they were still getting their "feet wet" in evaluating what they had, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and trying to determine what direction to take.
So it's not their fault they inherited a badly flawed team. But it's not the fault of that new coaching staff either. They were the ones that were given the task of not only developing a scheme with these current players ... which was an uphill battle ... but also in moving this team forward into the future
And it should be noted ... it wasn't just management's decision to trade TR. Chud, and the coaching staff, were instrumental in that too because they felt he wasn't the style of RB for their scheme.
So this FO knew it was going to be an uphill battle for ANY coaching staff, especially a first year one, to successfully implement their plan, or show any side of marked improvement, when you're being forced to use players you inherited that don't fit that scheme, and whether through injury or trade you're forced to use players from the Island Of Misfit Toys in key positions.
They simply weren't being fair to a coaching staff that wasn't given the time to acquire those players to complement/implement whatever scheme they had.
The FO made this statement after firing Chud ....
It's a dodge. Going into this new season, and looking at the situation that not only this FO was facing, but also the newly hired coaching staff, they can't really believe (expected) the above IMO. With Hoyer as QB they looked like a completely different team, and were winning, more competitive. When Hoyer went down with injury .... and that's not Chud's fault .... and they had to return to either Weeden, and then insert Campbell, we were done."We needed to see progress with this football team. We needed to see development and improvement as the season evolved and, unfortunately, we took a concerning step backward in the second half of the year.... When we believed we were not positioned to achieve significant progress in 2014, we knew we had to admit that a change was needed, and move forward."
What progress did they expect to see from this team this year, especially on the offensive side, when you went into the season basically with the status quo? It's hilarious.
I simply think, over the course of the year, that some deep philosophical divisions developed between Chud and management over players and direction .... and upper management used the 4-12 record as a cover to cut bait on the guy.