HERE'S THE BROWNS' OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE ON THE HIRING OF ROB CHUDZINSKI AS THE TEAM'S NEWEST OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR:
The Cleveland Browns have named Rob Chudzinski as offensive coordinator, the club announced this morning. Chudzinski joins the Browns from the San Diego Chargers where he served the last two seasons as tight ends coach. Chudzinksi brings 13 years of coaching experience, including three in the NFL and ten years in the collegiate ranks.
Chudzinski, a native of Toledo, Ohio, previously served as Browns tight ends coach during the 2004 season under Head Coach Butch Davis and also served as offensive coordinator for the final five games under interim Head Coach Terry Robiskie.
Chudzinski spent ten years as an assistant at the University of Miami, including three years as offensive coordinator and tight ends coach (2001-2003), five years as tight ends coach (1996-2000) and two years as a graduate assistant (1994-95).
A complete bio on Chudzinski is listed below:
Year with Browns: 2nd (1st as offensive coordinator)
Years in NFL: 4
Rob Chudzinski was named Browns offensive coordinator on Jan. 20, 2007. Chudzinski brings 13 years of coaching experience, including three years in the NFL and ten years in the collegiate ranks. Chudzinski joins the Browns after serving as the San Diego Chargers tight ends coach the last two seasons.
Chudzinski previously served as Browns tight ends coach during the 2004 season under Head Coach Butch Davis, and also served as offensive coordinator that season for the final five games under interim Head Coach Terry Robiskie.
Chudzinski served as the San Diego Chargers tight ends coach from 2005-06 and worked with Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who was voted to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons. In 2006, Gates led the Chargers in all receiving categories including 71 receptions for 924 yards (13.0 avg.) and nine receiving touchdowns.
During the 2005 campaign, Gates set career-highs with 89 catches for 1,101 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 89 receptions tied Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow's team record for single receptions by a tight end and his 1,101 yards were the most in Chargers history since 1983 when Winslow racked up 1,172. Gates 10 touchdown catches matched his 2004 total and he became the first NFL tight end with 10 or more touchdown catches in consecutive seasons.
A native of Toledo, Chudzinski returned to his Northeast Ohio roots as the Browns tight ends coach under Head Coach Butch Davis. Chudzinski worked with Browns first round draft choice, Kellen Winslow II, who he previously coached at the University of Miami. During that season Chudzinski was elevated to offensive coordinator for the final five games under Interim Head Coach Terry Robiskie after the resignation of Head Coach Butch Davis.
Chudzinski worked extensively with Kellen Winslow II at the University of Miami as the Hurricanes offensive coordinator and tight ends coach (2001-03). In 2003, Winslow II won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top collegiate tight end before becoming the Browns first-round selection, sixth overall, in the 2004 NFL Draft.
During his three seasons as offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at the University of Miami, the Hurricanes played in three Bowl Championship Series games, including two National Championship games. In 2001, the ‘Canes went 12-0 and defeated Nebraska to win the National Championship. In 2002, Miami's offense set school records for points (527), total yards (6,074) and rushing touchdowns (33) and averaged 40.5 points per game, while averaging 284.2 yards per game passing and 183.0 yards per game rushing. The 'Canes went 12-1 in 2002, their only defeat coming in overtime against Ohio State in the National Championship game. In 2003, Miami averaged 27.8 points per game and finished with an 11-2 record, including a 16-14 victory over Florida State in the FedEx Orange Bowl.
Chudzinski spent a total of ten years as an assistant at Miami, including five years as tight ends coach (1996-2000) and two as a graduate assistant coach (1994-95). He also helped develop two other All-America tight ends, Bubba Franks in 1999 and Jeremy Shockey in 2001. Franks and Shockey both became first-round picks and Pro Bowlers with Green Bay and the New York Giants, respectively.
Chudzinski joined the Hurricanes staff as a graduate assistant in 1994. 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 later earned a MBA in 1996.
Chudzinski was born on May 12, 1968 and grew up in Toledo, Ohio, where he starred at Toledo St. John's High School. He is married to the former Sheila Danker.
1994-95 University of Miami (Fla.), graduate assistant coach
1996-2000 University of Miami (Fla.), tight ends coach
2001-03 University of Miami (Fla.), offensive coordinator/tight ends coach
2004 Cleveland Browns, tight ends coach
2005-06 San Diego Chargers, tight ends coach
2007 Cleveland Browns, offensive coordinator