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January 10, 2013

Browns hire Panthers OC Chudzinski as head coach

The Carolina Panthers are now in the market for a new offensive coordinator.

Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski has accepted the head coaching position with the Cleveland Browns, a source close to Chudzinski told the Observer's Joe Person late Thursday night.

Chudzinski, who just finished his second year as offensive coordinator, helped lead the Panthers to two consecutive top-12 finishes in total offense in the league. 

He's the former Browns offensive coordinator (2007-08) and a tight ends coach there in 2004.

The Browns fired head coach Pat Shurmur on Dec. 31. Last year, Chudzinski interviewed with Jacksonville, St. Louis and Tennessee, ultimately losing out on each head coaching position.

The departure of Chudzinski comes after a series of major decisions in the Panthers' organization. Late last week, head coach Ron Rivera was told he would return for the 2013 season. Earlier in the week, three assistant coaches were fired, including two offensive assistants. And on Wednesday, the Panthers hired Dave Gettleman as their new general manager.

The focus now shifts to finding a new offensive coordinator for the Panthers and franchise quarterback Cam Newton, who had been with an offensive coordinator for more than one full year for the first time in his career since high school. One of the top names on the market will be Norv Turner, the former San Diego head coach who has strong ties to Rivera, but early reports have Turner following Chudzinski to Cleveland.

Quarterbacks coach Mike Shula could be considered for the Panthers' offensive coordinator position, as well.

--Jonathan Jones


Posted by Observer Sports on January 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM | Permalink


Guess the Gettleman hiring didn't sit well Chud ... Cam needed a change of scenery if ask me... Chud was awful the first half of 2012.

Posted by: shaun nj | Jan 10, 2013 10:56:54 PM

Not good.

Any OC worth a darn won't want to come here with Rivera likely to be blown out after 1 season.

Cam is gonna get a retread for an OC, probably doesn't matter because he can't pick up a sophisticated scheme at all quickly anyway. So the the Big Kitty Kat runs a dumbed down offense (again) and then we start over in 2014 after Rivera is gone.

Thanks Jer'.

Posted by: George Hanson | Jan 10, 2013 10:59:05 PM

It's Shula! Who will be next QB coach? Mike Mularky?

Posted by: joe cool | Jan 10, 2013 11:01:41 PM

Mularky would be an interesting pick. Norv seems headed to Cleveland.

Posted by: non- hunter | Jan 10, 2013 11:15:18 PM

Told ya - Jerry playing checkers while others are playing chess. Now if Jerry is SMART - he goes after Norv. If not - and yes, it's that black or white - he puts someone in the position that has the team going 5-11 next year, at best. Jerry needs to get out of his own way (which, mind you is something that his sons tried to tell him)

Posted by: Ven | Jan 10, 2013 11:19:18 PM

Let Cam call the plays.

Posted by: eric | Jan 11, 2013 12:11:07 AM

@Ven, Jerry Richardson's sons never said anything to Jerry about getting out of the way. They were fighting with each like any brothers do, over who was a better person. The employees of Mark and Jon, were being forced to take sides, so those employees went to Jerry and told him that they couldn't take sides. Jerry luv's the people that work for him, and decided since Jon was retiring the next year. He would stop the bickering by telling them both to go home. They still own a large portion of the team, and are both living quite comfortable now.

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Jan 11, 2013 1:22:33 AM

Wait...does this mean we get to run the ball now? Good for the Chud, everybody wants to be the head honcho. As far as Norv following him to Cleveland, maybe Norv wants to be the head man somewhere else or maybe he'd rather come here and call the plays because we're a better team than the Browns, that's the point, who knows? I'm fine with Shula though, I say give him the job and don't rock the boat too much, he knows Cam better than Chud and will be a lot less gimicky in his scheme. GO PANTHERS!

Posted by: Shane P | Jan 11, 2013 3:20:33 AM

My best goes out to Chud, and thanks for the work he did here in Charlotte.
The Read Option is necessary, due to the QB the Panthers choice at starting Quarterback. Don't try to make Cam into something he is not, as he has a long way to go, in order to become a winning quarterback in this league. Tell me, why would anyone believe that old man Jerry Richardson would outbid Jerry Jones for the services of one Norv Turner? Why would Turner come to Carolina, as opposed to Dallas?
As long as this Panthers organization doesn't hire a Tony Sparano type of OC, Carolina should continue to improve on offense. This team needs to shore up its Offensive Line in April, at the NFL Draft.

Posted by: I won't pay for the Observer | Jan 11, 2013 4:53:43 AM

What about Cam Cameron? He is a offensive guru..supposedly?

Posted by: Ricky | Jan 11, 2013 7:46:28 AM

I must admit that I like the idea of Mike Shula as the OC. I agree with the commenter who said he will be less gimicky. He probably will do a better job of protecting Cam. I think he would do a better job of using the running game.

Posted by: Daniel | Jan 11, 2013 8:05:31 AM

I just read elsewhere that Luke Keuchly was named the NFL's Defensive rookie of the year. Is that true? Why no coverage here?

Posted by: John Lucciano | Jan 11, 2013 9:40:37 AM

Everything being published in Cleveland right now says that Chud intends to call his own plays for the Browns. Do y'all really think an experienced offensive mind like Norv Turner wants to sit by as a passive Offensive Coordinator watching a rookie head coahc call his plays?

Rivera needs to get on the horn right now and offer to turn the offense over the Norv. Carolina is a better OC job than the Browns, especially if the Browns' OC doesn't even get to call plays.

Posted by: mcgeex | Jan 11, 2013 9:53:04 AM

John Lucciano you beat me to it. I was going to post the same thing. There should be little doubt why Luke Kuechly was snubbed for the Pro Bowl. You can’t expect the rest of the nation to know about his accomplishments if our own local media won’t even cover him. Luke Kuechly was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Talk and the Football Writers of America. That was announced yesterday. It should have been front page news in the paper and the website, and certainly on the websites sports front page. What do I see this morning…nothing!!

Posted by: Luke Kuechly can't win in his own town | Jan 11, 2013 9:56:25 AM

Losing Chud is a blessing in disguise. Our roster will be better utilized and the new (no tape) offense might get us to start out fast like the Bucs. did this season. Couple that with the maturation of Cam and the "want to" that this team showed down the stretch and we might see the playoffs next year....I think the future looks pretty bright.

Posted by: Vesuvius Wilhelm | Jan 11, 2013 2:31:46 PM


Posted by: PANTHERSFAN4LIFE | Jan 11, 2013 4:18:25 PM

Geeeezzz!!!! PANTHERSFAN4LIFE,please turn off your cap locks.There's no need to shout.

Posted by: Black--Panther | Jan 11, 2013 5:19:40 PM

LMAO. sorry at work. and type forms in all caps...

Posted by: PANTHERSFAN4LIFE | Jan 11, 2013 5:43:25 PM

Would have been nice to win Super Bowls with you(Chud), however we will win them without you. God bless you and your family. Wish your team well but not playing us. GO PANTHERS!!! East Rutherford, NJ 2014!!! Lets get it'''

Posted by: BofA Fan | Jan 11, 2013 8:11:35 PM

@Panthersfan4Life, no where above did anyone say Luke got AP Player of the Year. It clearly states he won DPOY from Pro Football Talk and the Football Writers of America Assoc. You saying that was no big deal proves my point. Folks in this town have a terrible sports knowledge. That was a very significant award. But like I said, if folks in this town don't understand that, no wonder our players get snubbed nationally.

Posted by: Luke Kuechly can't win in his own town | Jan 12, 2013 3:50:40 PM

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