Rob Chudzinski

‘Chud’ leaves big impression - Browns love offensive coordinator

BEREA, Ohio — The Browns’ offensive players compliment Rob Chudzinski even when he isn’t the direct topic of conversation.

When he is, what comes next would make him blush.

Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was asked yesterday how excited he was to be reunited with Chudzinski, the Browns’ first-year offensive coordinator, after working with him at the University of Miami and his rookie year with the Browns. He kept it simple.

“I think he is the best coach in the NFL,” Winslow said.

Chud sets fast pace, high standards

Sometime soon, Rob Chudzinski is going to experience something he really hasn't since January.

A day off.

The Browns' new offensive coordinator has worked tirelessly to develop, implement and install his system, and the end of full-squad minicamp marks an important milestone in that process. Not as important as say, the September 9 season opener or even the first preseason game, but a milestone nonetheless.

With the first "session" of installation, tinkering and tweaking complete, the Browns' players and coaches will have a few weeks to get away and decompress before the start of training camp. And though Chudzinski hopes the players won't let their minds drift too far from their playbooks, he does appreciate the break he and the players are about to get.

"We've thrown a lot at them," Chudzinski said. "That was the philosophy of going through this -- if you kind of spoonfeed them, you never really get to the things you need to get to and find out the things you need to find out.

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Maurice Carthon’s failure as the Browns’ offensive coordinator for a season and a half was fueled by his refusal to adapt to his personnel.

He tried to put the round peg in the square hole. He attempted to stuff 10 pounds of offense into a five-pound bag. He relentlessly banged his head against a stone wall despite repeated failures. He refused to change.

That stubbornness ultimately led to his dismissal or, as the club preferred to call it, his resignation.

Now, it’s Rob Chudzinski’s turn and from early indications, it appears as though the new Cleveland offensive coordinator will be flexible, creative and open to suggestions.

Pitching and catching with Chudzinski

New Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski hasn't had a day off since he was hired on Jan. 20. And he won't enjoy one for another month.

Chudzinski is busy installing a new offense that, he hopes, will resemble the explosive one he left behind with the San Diego Chargers.

It's the fifth offensive system the Browns have used since 1999.

Chudzinski is the team's sixth offensive coordinator in that time. He was put in charge as the team faces a crossroads.

The Browns are the only team in the NFL that has finished last in its division the past four years.

The offense has been bolstered by the signings of left guard Eric Steinbach and running back Jamal Lewis in free agency and the selections of left tackle Joe
Thomas and quarterback Brady Quinn in the draft.

Toledo's own returns to Ohio

Those who knew Rob Chudzinski as a person, student and athlete growing up in Northwest Ohio always knew he had big things ahead of him.

Chudzinski attended St. John's High School in Toledo - about 100 miles west of Cleveland, where he was named offensive coordinator of the Browns on January 20.

He wasn't the biggest or strongest athlete around, but his work ethic and attention to detail immediately thrust him to the forefront, as have they in his coaching career.

At the mere age of 38, he already has served as offensive coordinator of the Miami Hurricanes, winning a NCAA championship, has helped developed star tight ends in Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow and the Chargers' Antonio Gates, and now is one of the youngest offensive coordinators in the NFL.

Is Chud Another Dud?

Fans love it when teams think like them. Judged purely on that, the Browns are the darlings of Cleveland.

We love it when the local team brings in local guys. It gives a sense that the team is truly comprised of "our boys," players and coaches who truly know the pain we've been through as fans these past four decades.

Give Browns management credit for trying to play up the local angle as much as possible. From Charlie Frye to Joe Jurevicius to Dave Zastudil to LeCharles Bentley, the roster is overflowing with native Ohioans.

GM Phil Savage and coach Romeo Crennel both had prior ties to the Browns upon accepting their current jobs.

Chudzinski takes over as new OC

BEREA — On the surface, you have to wonder why Rob Chudzinski decided to accept the offensive coordinator role with the Browns.

Chudzinski, who spent the last two seasons coaching tight ends in San Diego, had a chance to interview for the Chargers’ coordinator position that opened when Cam Cameron left to coach the Miami Dolphins. If he had been offered that post, he would have had LaDainian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and an outstanding offensive line at his disposal.

Instead, Chudzinski assumes the reins of an offense that was 30th in the NFL in scoring, 31st in total yards and 31st in rushing yards last season. No one knows who will be the quarterback, and the line is a mess.

Why take on such a responsibility? It has to do with Chudzinski’s love of the Browns. He grew up in Toledo, where he attended St. John’s High School. He often watched Browns games on television, looking through a window while playing football in the front yard of his parents’ home.

Browns hire Chudzinski to revamp struggling offense

BEREA, Ohio -- Rob Chudzinski was hired Saturday as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator, returning to the team to take over a unit that ranked near the bottom in the NFL in nearly every category the past two seasons.

Chudzinski was Cleveland's tight ends coach in 2004 under Butch Davis. He coached San Diego's tight ends the past two seasons.

The team was impressed with Chudzinski's "well-thought-out" plan on how to address the Browns' scoring woes, coach Romeo Crennel said.

"It covered many facets of the offensive structure," Crennel said. "We talked about coaches, schedules and discipline. ... He knew how he would handle some things here and we were impressed with that."