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January 12, 2012

Steve Smith hopes Rob Chudzinski stays

Panthers' fans aren't the only ones sweating offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski's interview with the St. Louis Rams on Thursday: Pro Bowl wideout Steve Smith admitted he's a little anxious, too.

“To have a guy leave – if you have any one of your good soldiers leave, the battalion is going to be down a little bit. They're going to look for that specialty that he brings to the group. Everybody kind of goes, 'Well, who's going to fill his spot?' And that's natural,” Smith said in a phone interview.

“There is a tendency to worry a little bit, to be concerned, because, 'Hey, he just got here and he's pretty darned good, and now we have to break in someone new.'”

Under Chudzinski, the Panthers' offense went from last in the league to No. 7 while finishing with the most yards (6,237) in franchise history. The Panthers scored 47 offensive touchdowns after managing just 16 in 2010.

Smith, who nearly tripled his 2010 receiving yardage total in Chudzinski's first season, said he has not spoken to Chudzinski since the regular season ended.

I haven't really reached out just because I'm a little nervous, too,” Smith said.

Chudzinski and Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen interviewed Thursday in Denver, where Rams owner Stan Kroenke is based. St. Louis is awaiting word from former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who is deciding between the Rams and Dolphins.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on January 12, 2012 at 06:55 PM | Permalink


Smitty reach out already...

Posted by: 10-4!! | Jan 12, 2012 7:05:12 PM

Ray Charles can see this one! Going to the Dolphins is a no brainer!!!

Posted by: pantherstalk | Jan 12, 2012 8:27:06 PM


Talk to the man... I am sure that he would welcome a Head Coaching JOb.. However he needs to understand that he would be at least AT THE VERY LEAST-- 3 years away from doing the things that can be done in Charlotte.

Let the man know he can do great things in the Carolinas, then -- and ONLY then, he will set his own price and not be a backup...

If he is good then he cando it again, if he is just a one year wonder then he will run to the 1st head coaching job that will take him...

If I am on a winning team in a sport that covets winning the big one, and know I have a chance, I get it 1st, prove myself, then get what is due, it is only then you have earned it...

If he chooses to move on and fails inhis 1st year he will have a hard time finding a job cause then it will be said that he only did what he did cause of Newton...

Make the right choice Chud... Earn your keep, get your ring, then get PAID!!!

Posted by: Ak Joe | Jan 13, 2012 12:32:06 AM

Reach out to him Steve Smith, but we can still run the same offense next year....all the offense knows the plays.

Posted by: Raymod | Jan 13, 2012 5:44:33 AM

I think Chud is fantastic, but they have to let him interview without the peanut gallery chiming in. Just because he even interviews does not mean he is going to take another job. As with most professional jobs going on interviews is great practice and can be invaluable. It would be good for him professionally to see how the process works.
I have read a lot of comments on here screaming for Mr. Richardson to pay him. This is not a money decision for Chud, it is a career decision. Before Fox and staff left they were one of the highest paid coaching staffs in the league, so I’m sure he is being compensated fairly. Plus companies offer many perks that do not show as salary. It is ridiculous how so many act like they know the internal workings of the Panthers business. In the end if he leaves it will be because he wants to be a head coach in the NFL, and a raise is not going to stop him.
Finally people do not take into account that a big reason for the turnaround of this team is the tone that Rivera has set. It is no longer acceptable to be average. That will not change if Chud leaves. Honestly to be a top organization you have to be able to handle these loses. Every team that has consistent success loses coaches. The top organizations figure out a way to deal with it.

Posted by: Craig | Jan 13, 2012 8:50:49 AM

Do you guys really think Chud gives a rats ass what Smitty thinks? Nope. If he gets offered a head coaching gig ANYWHERE, he's going to take it. He'd be a fool not to, because it would put him at the apex of his career at a very young age.

Posted by: Curry | Jan 13, 2012 8:53:59 AM

We should interview for a new FG kicker

Posted by: GoPanthers | Jan 13, 2012 12:52:12 PM

Chud needs to kiss Cam's feet on the way out of Charlotte if he gets a head coaching job because it will be 100% due to Cam greatness that he got the job.

Had he come here and had to coach any other QB none of this would be happening.

Posted by: Buster Hyman | Jan 13, 2012 1:54:40 PM

Chud has to ask himself..."was a lot of my instant success as an OC because of Cam"? And "if I take an HC job will I be as successful with a Cam-less team"?

Posted by: Kel | Jan 13, 2012 2:50:17 PM

Fisher to Rams - http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7459236/jeff-fisher-coach-st-louis-rams-source-says

Posted by: PSLOwner | Jan 13, 2012 3:10:50 PM

Chud IS the Panthers. He is the only reason we looked decent this year. If he goes, we are back to one of the worst teams in the league. The Cam suckers on here will see what a joke this bumis as soon as Chud leaves. I hope it is to the Bucs, then he can shove the Panthers noses in it next year.

Posted by: FreedomFry? | Jan 13, 2012 3:16:05 PM

So FF it was Chud who did the running and throwing? I have to get a better TV I guess.

Posted by: John | Jan 13, 2012 3:31:07 PM

FreedomFry?, your either do not have state pride or you are a transplant from elsewhere that came here. Either way, your extreme ignorance regarding the sport of football is laughable.

Posted by: Just Wowo | Jan 13, 2012 5:06:25 PM

Let's see...Chud was great as an O coordinator in college. Did well in Cleveland until the injury-bug bit. Did well in San Diego. Did well in Carolina....but yet some here are still bleating about he "...has yet to prove himself" ?? Really ??

Plus..as a previous poster stated.....interviews do not mean he'll take the job. Experience with the "interview-process" is invaluable.

Posted by: Jack_inHomestead,FL | Jan 13, 2012 9:21:29 PM

So FreedomFry you honestly think the Panthers offense (and Chud) would have had exactly the same success with Clausen (or any QB) as it did with Cam? That all the records Cam achieved would have been accomplished by any QB under Chud? Now I'm not saying Chud didn't contribute to the success too with his schemes and creativeness (and I don't want to lose him), but it was Cam that executed them, extended plays when nothing was there, and ran for first downs & TDs. The Panthers offensive success is around a 55/45 split Cam to Chud, and you can believe this, the people who are looking for new HCs know this too.

Posted by: GridIronMan | Jan 14, 2012 4:35:58 AM

Omg.....people....it is the man's job...if chud is offered a multi-million dollar deal as a head coach and if jerry wants to keep winning he can match it and overpay..with a true number 2 receiver this team can easily have a top 5 offense and then they just need to put an average defense together they can compete with anyone!

If the fat cat is not willing to do that then the panthers will always be a 500 team praying for another team to lose in order for them to steal a wildcard so they can lose in the first round every 3 years.

Posted by: rick | Jan 15, 2012 4:09:36 PM

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