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February 22, 2013

Chud happy to have Turner in Cleveland


New Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski has built a reputation as an innovative offensive play-caller.

But one of the biggest calls Chudzinski made this winter was to former San Diego coach Norv Turner, who agreed to join him in Cleveland as the Browns' offensive coordinator.

League sources say Turner and Chudzinski were a package deal from the start. All Chudzinski, the Panthers' offensive coordinator the past two seasons, would say is Turner was in high demand and he's glad he ended up in San Diego.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who, like Chudzinski, worked with Turner in San Diego, was among those interested in Turner.

“There were a lot of people that I'm sure were making calls to Norv. One of the things I had to do was reach out and put my recruiting hat on with Norv,” Chudzinski said Friday at the scouting combine. “He's a special guy and a special coach. I'm just excited we were able to get him.”

Rivera promoted quarterbacks coach Mike Shula to replace Chudzinski after interviewing former head coaches Hue Jackson and Pat Shurmur. Rivera also wanted to talk to Ken Whisenhunt, but he was pursuing head-coaching opportunities after Arizona fired him.

Whisenhunt ended up in San Diego as Mike McCoy's offensive coordinator.

Chudzinski said he's spoken to Shula only briefly since leaving for Cleveland.

“I think Mike will do a great job. He was a big part of what we did there,” Chudzinski said. “He's been around. He's done it before. He's called plays. I think he'll do a great job.”

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on February 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM | Permalink


he will fail miserably. Chud isn't ready for head coaching and certainly not in a hot boiling cauldron like Cleveland.

Posted by: Jellybean | Feb 22, 2013 12:39:30 PM

HC is a lot different than OC. Will be interesting to see how Chud handles it.

Posted by: Marty Hurney | Feb 22, 2013 2:04:51 PM

seems to be a lot of staff movement between charlotte and cleveland last few yrs....and two loser teams.

shula is in over his head and now chud is in way over. bad moves by the two organizations

Posted by: big gulps | Feb 22, 2013 2:26:35 PM

Glad he's gone! He should have been fired. His horrible play calling and lack of adjustments, to the adjustments defenses made after his first season completely killed the Panthers season.

As soon as Chud got his head out of his ass Cam played great and the Panthers started winning.

Posted by: Clay | Feb 22, 2013 3:32:12 PM

Tell it CLAY!!!! Tell it!! AGREED!!

Posted by: Big Daddy | Feb 22, 2013 4:00:51 PM

Couldn't agree more Clay!

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Feb 22, 2013 4:05:42 PM

Norv is an excellent X's and 0s play designer and probably is the best play designer in the NFL.

Norv is a horrible head coach or he really really really struggled wearing both the head coach hat and the offensive coach hat.

He has some bad habits as an offensive coach.

He becomes pretty predictable. Nearly his 1st play of the game is always some off-tackle run play. One can guess or detect often when he will run a screen.

He has the problem of getting plays called in time into the QB.

He will never run a Peyton no huddle offense outside of a two minute drill. He has to call the plays.

He lets players take advantage of his easy going ways of doing things.

His players lack discpline.

Posted by: jfnance32 | Feb 22, 2013 4:59:04 PM

If anyone can serve as a model for how being a HC is different than being a coordinator, it is Ron Rivera.

Chud was way overrated during his time here, and the only thing that would have been better than him leaving would have been him leaving to be a HC at ATL, NO or TB.

Posted by: manu4t | Feb 22, 2013 5:21:47 PM

And we care about this because why??? Don't worry Panther fans i'll be a much better play caller, after all daddy gave me his play book ;)

Posted by: Mike Shula | Feb 22, 2013 9:41:33 PM

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