Browns hire Rob Chudzinski as head coach

10:29 AM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have hired Rob Chudzinski as their next head coach.

A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday morning to officially introduce Chudzinski as the 14th full-time Browns head coach.

Chudzinski, 44, was most recently the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers from 2011-2012.

He was born in Toledo, Ohio and is a lifelong Browns fan. He attended the University of Miami. Chudzinski was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 1994-2003.

Chudzinski was an assistant with the Browns. Back in 2004, he coached the tight ends. And from 2007-2008, he was the offensive coordinator.

Chudzinski is expected to bring former Chargers head coach Norv Turner with him to help with the offense.  Norv's son, Scott Turner, is also expected to join the Browns staff.

Chudzinski's offenses are best known for gaining yardage in big chunks.  He likes to attack in the passing game but also is aware that you must run the ball in the 4th quarter.  He can adapt his offensive scheme to fit any roster.

Chudzinski called the offensive plays for the last five games back in 2004 for interim head coach Terry Robiskie.

The Browns interviewed plenty of candidates for the position including:

  • Former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt
  • Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton
  • Oregon head coach Chip Kelly
  • Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien.
  • Former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone


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