According to sources close to the Chargers, the Browns have sought, and been granted, permission from the San Diego Chargers to interview TE coach Rob Chudzinski for the team's vacant offensive coordinator position.
Chudzinski is a not a stranger to Cleveland, as he served as the team's tight ends coach in 2004, after being brought to Cleveland by then-head coach Butch Davis from the University of Miami. Chudzinski had a terrific relationship with TE Kellen Winslow, Jr, in Miami and assisted in the development of a Winslow and TE Jeremy Shockey (Giants).
After Davis resigned in 2004, Chudzinski served out the remainder of the campaign under interim head coach Terry Robiskie, but left during early 2005 while the Browns were still engaged in their selection of a new head coach. NFL sources tell us that the Browns wanted to keep Chudzinski as part of the new coaching staff, but were unable to retain his services during the wait for Romeo Crennel to become available after the Patriots Super Bowl run.
For the last two years, Chudzinski has served as the Chargers tight ends coach and has overseen the development of another standout player, Chargers TE Antonio Gates. Gates, who played basketball at Kent State, had little prior football experience but quickly became one of the league's top tight ends under Chudzinski's care.
The Cleveland Browns, contacted late this evening via email, have not yet responded to the OBR's request for confirmation.