Report: Chudzinski to Join Browns

<B>UPDATE 12:30PM:</B> The Browns have announced that Chudzinski will coach tight ends, and Steve Hagen will be the new QB Coach.<BR><BR><B>FIRST REPORT NOON:</B> According to published reports, University of Miami Hurricane OC Rob Chudzinski has decided to leave Florida and head back to Ohio to accept a role with the Browns. Developing...

Chudzinski is considered a fast-rising coach in the college ranks, primarily due to his spectacular success within the Miami Hurricanes program. He had been mentioned several times on this site as a coach of interest in the offensive coordinator search despite his lack of NFL experience. Coming on board the Browns will fill that gap in his resume.

A member of both the 1987 and 1989 championship teams, Chudzinski joined the Hurricanes staff in 1994 as a graduate assistant. Promoted by Butch Davis to tight ends coach in 1996, Chudzinski oversaw the development of terrific tight ends like All-American Bubba Franks (1999) and Jeremy Shockey (2001).

Chudzinski was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2001, and his offense led the Hurricanes to Top 10 finishes in all three years. The offense in 2002 set school records for the most points scored, and averaged an astonishing 40.5 points per game. That broke the record set the previous year, when the 2001 national championship team had over 200 yards both rushing and passing.

Chudzinski came under some fire in Miami this year as his offense stalled in mid-season losses to Virginia Tech and Tennessee. The Hurricanes rebounded the remainder of the season to finish near the top of the college polls.

It is believed that Chudzinski is looking to add NFL experience to his resume to make him more attractive for higher-level roles, such as that of head coach. Clearly, his addition to the Browns staff - be it as quarterbacks coach or one of the other two open positions - gives Davis a fine offensive mind to help ignite an Browns attack that performed significantly under expectations in 2003.


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