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Posted by Jan - 10 - 2013 0 Comment

As just reported by Chris Mortensen on ESPN and shortly thereafter by Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns have hired Rob Chudzinski as the 14th full-time head coach in franchise history. This would be Chudzinski’s third tour of duty with the Browns, serving as the tight ends coach and interim offensive coordinator under Butch Davis/Terry Robiskie, then under Romeo Crennel in 2007 and 2008 as offensive coordinator. He’s spend the last two season as the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator, helping mentor #1 overall pick from 2011 Cam Newton.

To say this hire is surprising right now is an understatement. Earlier in the day the Browns held their second interview with former Cardinal head coach Ken Wisenhunt, who had been presumed to be the club house leader from some in the mainstream media. Still, given all the misinformation that has been disseminated over the last several days regarding virtually every candidate, there really wasn’t much solid information out there for any fans to latch on to.

Early Twitter speculation is that possible assistants could include former Charger head coach Norv Turner as OC, or perhaps Norv’s son Scott, who was the offensive quality control coach alongside Chudzinski in Carolina. Depending on what sort of agreement Chudzinski might have with Ron Rivera regarding the fleecing of the Panther staff, names like Ricky Proehl (asst. wide receivers coach) or Ray Brown (asst. offensive line) could accompany Chud to Clevleand, as they carry the title of assistant and would be considered a promotion to a full position coach level spot in Cleveland. The bigger questions may lie on the defensive side of the ball, as Chud would inherit a young, hungry unit that played rather respectably under Dick Jauron the last two season. Not flashy or aggressive, they typically gave the offense multiple opportunities to win games. If Norv Turner is here running the offense – someone Troy Aikman called the best playcaller he’s seen – then things could be interesting in 2013.

Stay tuned for more info and blustery blogness.

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