The Cleveland Browns announced Thursday night that they had found a head coach – Rob Chudzinski.
Cleveland put to rest any big names that were rumored to be heading to Cleveland (Nick Saban, Chip Kelly) and opted for Chud, who spent 2012 as the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator and working with QB Cam Newton.
Ask any ‘Canes fan if Cleveland made the right hire. The answer would be a unanimous ‘yes.’
Chud spent ten seasons coaching at his alma mater, the University of Miami (1994-2003), three seasons as the offensive coordinator and five seasons as a tight ends coach. While at Miami, he coached future NFL players such as RB Frank Gore, WR Andre Johnson, TE Kellen Winslow II, TE Jeremy Shockey, TE Bubba Franks, RB Willis McGahee, RB Clinton Portis, T Bryant McKinnie and QB Ken Dorsey to name a few.
Chud was a three-year starter at tight end for Miami and was a member of the ‘Canes 1989 and 1991 national championship teams.
He is no stranger to Cleveland either. In 2004, Chud spent his first year working with the Browns under former Miami head coach Butch Davis. He reunited with Cleveland in 2007 where the Browns had the eigth-ranked offense and sent four offensive players to the Pro Bowl – QB Derek Anderson, TE Kellen Winslow II, WR Braylon Edwards and T Joe Thomas.
While the hire of Chud may not be a ‘sexy’ hire, it certainly isn’t a terrible one. It will be interesting to see if Chud can work his magic with Browns QB Brandon Weeden, much like he did with Derek Anderson and Cam Newton. Cleveland has been notorious for firing their head coaches prematurely, perhaps Chud will be given an ample amount of time to turn the franchise around.
Chudzinski’s coaching career:
- 1994-2003, Miami (FL.) tight ends coach and offensive coordinator
- 2004, 2007-2008, Cleveland Browns
- 2005-2006, 2009-1010, San Diego Chargers
- 2011-2012, Carolina Panthers