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January 09, 2013

Panthers OC Chudzinski interviewing for Browns head coaching position

Carolina offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski will interview with the Cleveland Browns for their head coaching position, a source close to Chudzinski told the Observer's Joe Person on Wednesday. 

The interview comes a day after sources confirmed Chudzinski's job with the Panthers would be safe. The interview with the Browns was first reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Chudzinski, who just finished his second year as offensive coordinator of the Panthers, served as the Browns offensive coordinator from 2007-08. He was also the tight end coach there in 2004.

The Browns fired head coach Pat Shurmur on Dec. 31 and have since interviewed a number of candidates. The report also has the Browns interviewing Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Chudzinski interviewed with Jacksonville, St. Louis and Tampa Bay last year, ultimately not being selected for any of the positions.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on January 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM | Permalink


Maybe Weeden can run the read option Chud is so in love with...Trent Richardson better get ready for a major decline in touches!

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Jan 9, 2013 12:25:52 PM

how does an assistant on a 7-9 team who has PLENTY of the blame in several close losses get any head coaching consideration? he COULD be a good coordinator. but he hasn't been thus far. or at least not this year, last year he was better.

3rd and inches and running the option. brilliant. 3rd and looooong and setting your young QB up for a pick by running predictable routes for him and stressing the "vertical pass". John fox might have been boring, but he knew how to win a football game. 2 elite running backs and combined they got less touches than a bunch of mediocre backs (i'm looking at you alfred morris, stevan ridley, benjarvus green-ellis, coincidence they all made playoffs)

drew brees and matt stafford posted a ton of passing yards this year.....tony romo too. how many games did they win?

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 9, 2013 12:40:05 PM

Really hoping he stays another year. If we dont make the playoffs and cant lure Cowher, hire him as HC.

Posted by: BrentMusberger | Jan 9, 2013 12:44:45 PM

He's gone if offered. No way he sticks around to see if Cats make or miss palyoffs. If we miss playoffs, he along with Rivera and others will most likely be gone. Do you go with 1 year of job security or multiple at a higher pay grade? No brainer.

Posted by: Fan (Joe Fan to be exact) | Jan 9, 2013 1:36:37 PM

Maybe he can the strength coach joe kenn with him. Kenn is nicknamed dr. House because of all the injuries around here.

Posted by: Shannon | Jan 9, 2013 1:41:22 PM

Any coach that walks around the stadium with a cane and makes jokes about the players injuries is a disgrace to the organization.

Posted by: Shannon | Jan 9, 2013 2:03:45 PM

Once again, Jerry is playing checkers while most of the league (winning/playoff teams) plays chess. While Chud isn't the best, I have to think that Jerry's decision to retain both Rivera and Chud was about consistency. Jerry should have had a vision at mid-season and activated on that vision Black Monday - now, this will prob become a make-shift staff with goals to just stay above water.

Posted by: Ven | Jan 9, 2013 2:34:01 PM

Just because he's interviewing, doesn't mean he's gone. 9/10 he's staying. All I know is that that DAMN READ-OPTION needs to be almost drop.
Every single play we run shouldn't be ran out of read option. We need to come out running out of singleback or I-formations next season. Read-option only at the smart times like when a drive is already rolling (after two 1st downs) or playing a DE that bites hard on RBs or bad overall defenses. When we play the Giants next season, don't run it.
On the 3rd and inches or goal lines, there isn't a reason why MIKE TOLBERT should not run the ball straight up the middle. Cam doesn't need to convert as much first downs as he usually does anymore, unless its a pass play, and he scrambles.

Posted by: Goddy | Jan 9, 2013 3:47:43 PM

I think this would be a silly move for him. Yes he has Trent Richardson, but he doesn't have anything that even closely resembles a Cam Newton, Steve Smith, or a Greg Olsen. Bad move.

Posted by: Smitty | Jan 9, 2013 4:19:24 PM

Smitty, his pay will go up at least 4-fold.

By your rationale nobody would ever leave, for example, the Giants, to come to the Panthers. Giants have 2 Super Bowl wins in 4 years, all the tools, big market, big budget, best stadium in the league....yet we are interviewing 2 people in their organization.

The hits just never stop for the Panthers, along with Jets and Cowboys we are the laughingstock of the NFL.

Kitty Kats = Keystone Kops

Posted by: George Hanson | Jan 9, 2013 4:29:10 PM

Last year I didn't want him to leave, but I would be fine with it this year. The offense was terrible until he finally stopped trying to do all his college read-options plays. The offense finally got good after Rivera started taking more control. If Chud leaves this year, I say good riddance.

Posted by: Matt West | Jan 9, 2013 4:35:52 PM

Hope he gets the job! Wasnt that good of a OC here anyway! Calling the same not working option plays, not fully utilizing Cam or the RB's like they shouldve!!

Posted by: Big Daddy | Jan 9, 2013 4:41:41 PM

No job security in Cleveland, they rebuild every year.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Jan 9, 2013 5:13:51 PM

Why do some people still seem so enamored with Cowher?!?? It took him fifteen years to win a SB at Pittsburgh!!! And no one would hire him to coach after he left the Steelers!! His time, whatever value there was to it, has long since passed!!

Posted by: Dbigcat | Jan 9, 2013 6:20:50 PM


Are you really so blind that you cannot see the full body of work he accomplished with the Steelers?

Seriously, go look at his record of going to playoffs year after year after year...and advancing deep....and winning a Super Bowl, and lots of division titles, and multiple conference titles....

....the Panthers collectively haven't accomplished even 25% of what Cowher did with the Steelers -- we'd be LUCKY if he took the job and I for one hope he gets it after we suffer through another debacle with Rivera.

Posted by: Billy Thomas | Jan 9, 2013 6:31:39 PM

We have the most dunbas- negative fans in the league.

Posted by: Big Bad John | Jan 9, 2013 6:32:53 PM

The Main reason I was for Rivera staying was because I didn't want to see Chud leave. Dan Henning was too conservative and Jeff Davidson was a nightmare. Yes, Chud tried to do too much with the read option at the beginning of the season and it cost us, but he straightened it out. Last year 7th ranked offense and he was a genius. This year 12th ranked Offense and he's a bum? I think most people on here just always want the next guy... Cam and the Offense works because of Chud!

Posted by: John in Concord | Jan 9, 2013 6:38:26 PM

No Chud = Cam is done here

Posted by: Cam's Entourage | Jan 9, 2013 6:48:23 PM

Agree with Cam's Entourage new system is curtains ,or towels for Cam here.

Posted by: John Fox | Jan 9, 2013 7:37:34 PM

Why don,t you fellers take the weekend off and go to a basketball game or the beach.The Panthers were playing the way we hoped they would at the end with a whole lot of new talent , mostly on D. The offense was rolling along. Keep all the replacements and fire the rest lets go!

Posted by: CHUCK WAGON | Jan 9, 2013 8:15:10 PM

Good riddance Chud! Hello NORV TURNER!!!!!!

Posted by: Michael | Jan 9, 2013 9:39:56 PM

Would love to see Chud move along so the team could bring in Norv Turner as the OC.

Posted by: Neil | Jan 9, 2013 11:48:33 PM

We are missing out on hiring his replacement while he tries his best to get out! I say "Cut'em" and start our search! Our players can run any type of offense, I bet Cam could call his own plays with the help of of the other offensive players! Hopefully the GM gets us a couple of super FA's, like a WR, DT, OT & fill in with the draft!

Posted by: TheCatman | Jan 10, 2013 12:32:58 AM

First, no one is hiring Chud as their Head Coach. If the Brownies really do want Chud, you wish the guy the best. No, Chud is NOT going to turn down a Head Coaching job, just to stick around in Cackolacky and babysit Cam.
Second, the only reason Chud is running the Read Option is because he is fitting the offense to match his personnel. Chud will be operating a completely different offense with Brandon Weeden under Center. Teams are supposed to change their offensive philosophy to maximize the talent of their personnel.
As for a new O.C., Jerry would not pay what Norv Turner would demand, in terms of salary. Therefore, another fresh, inexperienced face would be in the offing.

Posted by: I'm Not paying for the CO | Jan 10, 2013 7:01:04 AM

I agree with Billy.!! Anti everything Are you serious. Nothing pleases some of you "so called Panther fans".Stop the whinning and lets back our team our coach and our GM. GO PANTHERS!

Posted by: L.T | Jan 10, 2013 7:43:55 AM

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