"As you know there has been enormous speculation in recent weeks regarding my current and future status as the Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns. This intense pressure and scrutiny has caused considerable turmoil and distractions within the team, coaching staff, and organization that had an adverse effect on the team.
The criticism and frustration with lack of success on Sundays has made it necessary for the Cleveland Browns ownership, management, and myself to move in different directions. Instead of the focus each week being specifically on my job, this will allow the team to focus on the games and the management to focus and create a new beginning in personnel as well as coaching.
I accept responsibility for the mistakes that we have made, but it was my and my staff's intention to do everything we could to lay the foundation and build a team that could win a Super Bowl. I hope that some of the decisions we have made will be a part of a brighter future for the Browns organization.
My future is clear for the moment. I intend to spend significant time with my wife and son. They have made the ultimate sacrifices as a family with my commitments as a head coach. This will give me an opportunity to re-connect with my family.
I have no immediate plans to stay in coaching. I love football. I love the relationship with the players and coaches.
I want to personally thank the Lerner family for this opportunity and wish them the best for the future. I want to publicly thank the players for all their hard work and sacrifices, a terrific coaching staff that worked tirelessly to be good teachers and coaches and to help bring a winner to this city. Thanks also to our tremendous football support staff for all of their hard work and dedication. I'd like to thank the fans. It was always my and our coaching staff's intention to build a first-class organization and a team that everyone who cares about the Cleveland Browns would love and respect."