Chudzinski named offensive coordinator
Zac Jackson, Staff Writer
The Browns have hired a familiar face to be their offensive coordinator.
Rob Chudzinski, an Ohio native who coached the Browns' tight ends in 2004, will be introduced at a Saturday press conference. He spent the last two seasons as the Chargers' tight ends coach and interviewed with the Browns this week after the Chargers were eliminated from the AFC Playoffs.
The job gives Chudzinski his first full-time chance to be an NFL coordinator; he served as offensive coordinator under interim coach Terry Robiskie for the final five games of the 2004 season.
He was the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at his alma mater, the University of Miami, from 2001-03 - Kellen Winslow's three seasons there - following five years (1996-2000) as the tight ends coach. Miami won the national championship in 2001 with current Browns quarterback Ken Dorsey as the starter.
A native of Toledo, Chudzinski will be 39 this spring. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Miami in 1994, serving in that role for two years before being named tight ends coach.
He played tight end at Miami from 1986-90, earned three letters, and was a member of two national championship teams (1987 and 1989). He graduated with a B.A. in business administration in 1990 and earned a MBA in 1996.