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January 11, 2012

Rob Chudzinski to talk with St. Louis

After missing out on the Jacksonville Jaguars' head-coaching position, Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski is on the radar of another NFL team – presumably as part of a contingency plan.

The St. Louis Rams have received permission to speak with Chudzinski, who is expected to interview with the Rams by the end of the week, according to an NFL source.

The Rams reportedly have offered the job to former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher, but are lining up backup candidates while Fisher mulls the offer.

The NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported that Fisher appears to be nearing a deal with the Miami Dolphins, and a decision could come as soon as today.

The Rams also received permission to talk to Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, but Gruden elected not to pursue the position.

The Rams also have received permission to talk with Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen also has been mentioned as a candidate.

Chudzinski, 43, last week interviewed with the Jaguars, who hired Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator and ex-Buffalo Bills coach Mike Mularkey.

In his first year in Charlotte, Chudzinski took the league's worst-ranked offense in 2010 and transformed it into a top-10 unit. The Panthers finished with the most yards in their 17-year history, fueled by an innovative scheme that maximized the talents of rookie quarterback Cam Newton.

Chudzinski would get to work with another No. 1 overall pick if hired in St. Louis. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was the first selection in the 2010 draft.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on January 11, 2012 at 02:09 PM | Permalink


File this away under the "don't speak to soon" category Joe. With regards to your previous post.

Posted by: Ron | Jan 11, 2012 3:23:08 PM

Interesting that while everybody seems to understand that you have to recruit and keep top-flight players to succeed, nobody seems to understand that with staff as well. Is there no way to keep this guy? I would have LOVED to keep Jack del Rio.

Posted by: David | Jan 11, 2012 3:26:45 PM

Why won't Richardson give him a raise? If you'd pay a star player what it takes to keep him, then pay a star offensive coordinator and give him a promotion to Assistant Head Coach or something like that. Do what it takes to keep Chud! Please!

Posted by: lee | Jan 11, 2012 3:51:31 PM

its not a money issue. its a better job issue lee. im sure one of the goals of many assistants is to be a HEAD COACH one day.

Posted by: zach | Jan 11, 2012 3:58:25 PM

"Why won't Richardson give him a raise? If you'd pay a star player what it takes to keep him, then pay a star offensive coordinator and give him a promotion to Assistant Head Coach or something like that"...........because one decent year as OC Coordinator doesn't make him a star employee. I think next year will be the tell all year for everyone on this team, coaches/players. Further, in my opinion, Jax and St Louis are both desperate if they are considering hiring an OC with one year of somewhat success to be their head coach. Let's not forget, Panthers are home watching the playofs.

Posted by: Jellybean | Jan 11, 2012 4:15:26 PM

Chud will be a head coach - but i don't know if this is his year. Don't forget Chud was the OC when Clevland won 10 games and Anderson went to the pro-bowl. Things unraveled in Cleveland because the Browns drafted Quinn which upset Anderson, and Edwards and Winslow became head cases. Some people can't handle success.... Anyway - as a Rams fan I would roll the dice on Chud and draft Justin Blackman. Imagine Blackman, Lloyd, Jackson and Bradford...

Posted by: Dirt | Jan 11, 2012 5:20:22 PM

He isn't going anywhere. To early for him...

Posted by: pslowner dude | Jan 11, 2012 5:21:38 PM

As entertaining as the Panthers' offense was for most of the game, let's not forget the absolute collapses we saw in the 3rd quarter in 75% of the games.

Wasn't Rivera callin the offensive plays....

Posted by: Wes | Jan 11, 2012 5:30:59 PM

Pslowner - didn't we say the same thing about Jack del Rio after the 2002 season ?? He reshaped our defense in a similar fashion as Chud did this year on our offense .. I don't think anybody thought with only 1 year as dc on his resume he'd be gone to Jax... Granted its offense vs defense, but imo it really comes down to who has the balls to offer him a head coaching positon first! Hopefully nobody does, but I wouldn't count on it !

Posted by: shaun nj | Jan 11, 2012 6:59:56 PM

You can give raises to assistants and sometimes it helps, but at some point it just isn't enough anymore. The Gamecocks gave Ellis Johnson all kinds of raises and titles like "Assistant Head Coach for Defense", but that didn't stop him from taking the Southern Miss job. The man wanted to be a head coach.

Posted by: DB | Jan 11, 2012 9:23:09 PM


Panthers aren't "home watching playoffs..." because of their offense!

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Jan 11, 2012 9:26:35 PM

shaun nj,

Jack didn't work out as a head coach though, did he?

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Jan 11, 2012 9:27:28 PM

That is one of the most dumbest post I have ever read. No one will take Cam? You could not be that stupid.

Posted by: Real Panther | Jan 12, 2012 8:41:28 AM

It's amazing reading these posts from wannabee experts when they spell and use grammar like the Chick-fil-A cows.

Posted by: KC | Jan 12, 2012 8:49:41 AM

The Raiders are also lurking out there in search for a coach...

Posted by: Webpourri | Jan 12, 2012 10:40:36 AM

Gruden just got a 3 year extension and DOUBLED his salary to stay OC.

How about Big Marty does something similar with Chud?

Posted by: Mark | Jan 12, 2012 11:49:44 AM

John from harrisburg - I mean granted he only showed the Jags the playoffs 2 out of 9 years, he lasted 9 years as their head coach.. he didn't bring home any trophies but lasting 9 years as a NFL head coach is not exactly "didn't work out so well" either

Posted by: shaun nj | Jan 12, 2012 9:05:39 PM

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