Rob Chudzinski must be in cloud 9 right now as his first ever head coaching job will be with his favorite team while growing up: the Cleveland Browns.
Chudzinski, who spent the past two seasons as the Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator, has been hired by the Browns as their sixth full-time coach since 1999.
Cleveland is hoping that the 43 year-old Chudzinski can end years of despair and constant losing and maybe resurrect a franchise that has made just one trip to the NFL playoffs in the past 14 years.
The new coach will target former San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner to be his offensive coordinator. Turner’s son, Scott, worked for Chudzinski while with the Panthers.
Chudzinski will be Cleveland’s 14th coach in team history. For the past two years, the 44-year-old has worked with talented Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.
The Ohio native has had two previous stints with Cleveland as an assistant coach. Chudzinski coached tight ends for Butch Davis in 2004, and then came back to the Browns in 2007 and was the team’s offensive coordinator for two seasons under Romeo Crennel.
In 2012, Chudzinski interviewed for head coaching jobs with the St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before making it back to the Panthers.
Just yesterday, former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was brought to Cleveland for a second interview and appeared to be the frontrunner. However in the end, the Browns decided to go with Chudzinski, who as online wagering fans know has had no head coaching experience.
The team’s fans are probably not too excited about the hiring, but it is in keeping with CEO Joe Banner’s past of hiring a coach without a meaty resume.
When Banner was in Philadelphia he also did something unpredictable and hired relatively unknown Andy Reid, who spent 14 seasons with the Eagles before he was fired after this NFL season.