Rob Chudzinski Press Release

From the Browns-

The Cleveland Browns today named Rob Chudzinski as the 14th full-time head coach in franchise history.  Chudzinski comes to the team after spending the past two seasons (2011-12) as the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.  Overall, Chudzinski’s résumé includes 19 years of experience, including nine seasons in the NFL.

Chudzinski re-joins the Browns organization, where he spent the 2004 season as tight ends coach and 2007-08 as offensive coordinator. In 2007, he orchestrated Cleveland’s best offense in terms of total yards (5,621), passing yards (3,726) and points scored (402) since the club’s return in 1999.

In 2011, during Chudzinski’s first season with the Panthers, the team set club records for total yards (6,237) and first downs (345), one year after experiencing franchise lows in both categories. Carolina also scored 48 touchdowns after recording 17 the year prior to Chudzinski’s arrival. The Panthers also moved from last in total yardage to seventh, marking the biggest improvement in the league since the St. Louis Rams went from 27th in 1998 to first in 1999.  In 2011, Chudzinski tutored Cam Newton, who became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards, while setting an NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 14 en route to being named the 2011 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Panthers also became the first team in league history with three 700-yard rushers in DeAngelo Williams (836), Jonathan Stewart (761) and Newton (706).

The Panthers went from two wins in the year before Chudzinski’s arrival to winning six in 2011 and seven in 2012, including victories in the final four games this past season. Wide receiver Steve Smith eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving both seasons under Chudzinski.

Chudzinski had two stints with the San Diego Chargers where he served as the assistant head coach/tight ends coach from 2009-10 and tight ends coach from 2005-06. He worked with tight end Antonio Gates, who was voted to the Pro Bowl in each of Chudzinski’s four seasons with the team. Gates recorded 1,157 receiving yards in 2009 and 1,101 in 2005, marking the only times he has eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau in his career. In four seasons working with Chudzinski, Gates averaged 72.3 receptions, 991.0 yards and 9.3 touchdowns per season, compared to an average of 58.8 receptions, 726.1 yards and 7.7 touchdowns in six seasons without Chudzinski.

In 2007, he guided the Browns’ offense as they scored 402 points and totaled 5,621 net yards of offense, both figures which ranked as third-best in franchise history. Wide receiver Braylon Edwards set franchise records with 1,289 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, tight end Kellen Winslow set a career-high with 1,109 receiving yards and running back Jamal Lewis finished fifth in the NFL with 1,304 rushing yards. The Browns won 10 games, which are the most victories by the team since 1994 (11).

Chudzinski began his pro coaching career in 2004 as the Browns’ tight ends coach, where he worked with first-round draft choice, Kellen Winslow.  During that season, Chudzinski was elevated to offensive coordinator for the final five games following Butch Davis’ resignation as head coach.

From 1994-2003, Chudzinski coached at his alma mater, the University of Miami (Fla.).  He spent two seasons (1994-95) as a graduate assistant, five (1996-2000) as tight ends coach and three (2001-03) as offensive coordinator.  During his three seasons as offensive coordinator, the Hurricanes played in a BCS Bowl game each year, including two National Championship appearances.  He helped shape future NFL Pro Bowlers Bubba Franks, Frank Gore, Andre Johnson, Willis McGahee, Bryant McKinnie, Clinton Portis, Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow.

In 2001, the ‘Canes went 12-0 and defeated Nebraska to win the National Championship.  In 2002, Miami’s offense set school records for points (527), total yards (6,074) and rushing touchdowns (33).  They averaged 40.5 points per game, 284.2 passing yards per game and 183.0 rushing yards per contest.  The Hurricanes went 12-1 in 2002, with their only defeat coming in overtime against Ohio State in the National Championship game. In 2003, Miami finished with an 11-2 record, including a 16-14 victory over Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

At Miami, Chudzinski tutored Kellen Winslow, who won the John Mackey Award in 2003 as the nation’s top collegiate tight end, while he also helped to develop two other All-America tight ends in Bubba Franks (1999) and Jeremy Shockey (2001). All three players went on to be first-round NFL draft picks.

Chudzinski played tight end at Miami from 1986-90 and was a three-year starter and a member of two national championship teams (1987 and 1989).  He graduated with a B.A. in business administration in 1990 and went on to earn his MBA in 1996.

Born on May 12, 1968, Chudzinski attended Toledo St. John’s High School.  He and his wife, Sheila, have two sons, Kaelan and Rian, and one daughter, Margaret.

Rob Chudzinski’s Coaching Background:

1994-95                University of Miami (Fla.), graduate assistant coach

1996-2000            University of Miami (Fla.), tight ends coach

2001-03                University of Miami (Fla.), offensive coordinator/tight ends coach

2004                       Cleveland Browns, tight ends coach/interim offensive coordinator (5 games)

2005-06                San Diego Chargers, tight ends coach

2007-08                Cleveland Browns, offensive coordinator

2009-10                San Diego Chargers, assistant head coach/tight ends

2011-12                Carolina Panthers. offensive coordinator

2013-                     Cleveland Browns, head coach

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Well this will be interesting to say the least. I like Turner as OC.

  • Cooley Ford

    Oh no! We suck again!

  • Matt underwood

    Gotta say, that resume is wwwwwwaaaaaayyyyy better than Shurmer

  • cmm13

    Your move Saban.

  • thenoclist

    Great hire, I can’t wait to see who we get next in 2 years

  • Tim K.

    I really like it. I think Chud is exciting and young. Also, people forget that while Norv Turner has a terrible record as a Head Coach, he has a track record of being a fantastic OC…so much so that silly owners keep offering him head coaching jobs. Let’s hope he does well here and no other owners fall in love with him again!

  • thepaledragon

    The best part of this is hearing Bernie Kosar on the preseason TV broadcasts attempting to pronounce “Rob Chudzinski”

  • We hired the OC who was famous for calling 8 yard passing plays on 3rd and 10s… This is a joke. Way to hire trash Cleveland… again.

  • thepaledragon

    Norv has a great track record with QBs. Alex Smith’s best pre-Harbaugh season was the one year Norv was OC in San Francisco. I think Weeden will be a good fit for this offense and I also trust that Chud/Norv are smart enough to build it around his strengths.

  • ehsteve14

    Hey, wait! That list of Hurricanes is missing future Hall-of-Famer Ken Dorsey!

  • nobody

    My only concern will be whoever will be DC, if Jauron is gone…probably will be a downgrade regardless of who it is.


  • CBI

    Claps hands, turns, walks off towards the sunset.

  • Rocko

    Like the hire… Didn’t expect it but very pleased. Go browns!

  • Jaker

    No I said Joe MonTANEya

  • Jaker

    Around his strengths is well put. Who cares if Weeden is limited? Kurt Warner, Philip Pivers and Alex Smith are all successful NFL QBs and they are all limited. I really wanted new offensive minds and I think we’ve got at least one

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I can’t imagine Chud would bring in an experienced OC like Norv Turner just to dominate the offense and make Norv a puppet… I don’t see that. So that tells me that Banner/Haslam must like Chud for his other qualities that would make a good head coach. Frankly, I don’t see it… his personality reminds me of Pat Shurmur. I also don’t understand why he has to bring in a defensive coordinator who wants to run the 3-4 with our purely 4-3 personnel. I hope that guy has the sense to change to fit his players’ strengths (by the way, I think that guy is Rob Ryan).

  • Chuck Schick

    Not again, STILL !

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I wonder what Pat thought when he heard the news?

  • bruce1365

    Don’t switch to a 3-4. Our lineman are the strength of the front seven. Keep the 4-3

  • Stinkfist

    This is the same guy that severely underutilized two very good running backs in Carolina…. correct?
    Trent Richardson was upset with his under-utilization for Shurmur… correct?

    It seems the Browns are (entirely by their own doing) fulfilling the prophecy that many of the pundits had made… 3 is too high for any running back.

  • mgbode

    Carolina under Chud:

    9th ranked rushing attack in 2012 by yds (8th by YPC)
    3rd ranked rushing attack in 2011 by yds (3rd by YPC)

    Yes, Cam accounts for some of that, but he used the weapons he had. Also, in 2007, he helped Jamal Lewis have a renaissance year. Chud doesn’t ignore the run (nor does Norv, he has an impressive slate of RBs under his watch).

  • mgbode

    going further:

    2011 Deangelo+Stewart = 1597 rushing yds (5.4YPC)
    63rec 548yds
    12 TDs

    2012 Deangelo+Stewart = 1073 rushing yds (4.1YPC)
    30rec 344yds
    9 TDs

    **note** Stewart injured or playing hurt much of 2012. in his place, Tolbert added:
    183yds rushing on 3.4 YPC
    27rec 268yds
    7 TDs

  • I don’t like the hire. We don’t get Cam Newton in the deal haha. His offensei n Cleveland was good until the latter part of the 2007 season. The next year we couldnt score. Changing the defense is horrible. It means spending FA $$ and draft picks to fit the new scheme. Instad of picking a CB and Guard in an effort ot continue building. I would have liked Zimmer or give a talk to Arians.After a couple of 6 win seasons we will be wondering who the next coach will be. Losing Jauron is bad- the best coach we had on he staff. Can’t believe Turner would come as an OC.I think they just could not get anyone to take the job as it is and jumped at the first guy that seemed excited. By hte way Banner- chud is no Andy Reid.