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Rob Chudzinski | OT

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (46) / 5/12/1968
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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Colts associate head coach Rob Chudzinski's new contract is for only one year.
Per Rapsheet, Chud is the "likely heir apparent" to OC Pep Hamilton, whose name popped up in head-coaching searches this year. Be that as it may, a one-year deal keeps Chud's options open for 2016 if Hamilton doesn't move on. Jan 27 - 5:18 PM

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Colts re-signed Rob Chudzinski to a new contract under the title of associate head coach.

Chudzinski, who served as a "special assistant" to head coach Chuck Pagano in 2014, garnered interest from at least the 49ers and Rams over the last few weeks. It's interesting that he's passing on those offensive coordinator opportunities to stay in a background role with Indy. It's likely a financial promotion coupled with the presence of Andrew Luck (vs. Colin Kaepernick or Sam Bradford) swayed him. Regardless, arguably the top OC candidate that was still available is now off the board. Chud is a talent maximizer that loves to utilize the tight end in the pass game. His return is great news for Luck, Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener and the entire Colts offense that ranked No. 3 in the league.
Jan 27 - 9:39 AM

CSN Bay Area says it appears Rob Chudzinski is the 49ers' top candidate for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Chudzinski's contract as a "special assistant" with the Colts expires Monday, making him a coaching free agent. At worst, he's one of the top candidates available. At best, he's at the top of the list. Other names linked to San Francisco include Mike Shanahan and Geep Chryst.
Jan 26 - 11:34 AM

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports Colts special assistant Rob Chudzinski's contract expires on Monday.

Chudzinski will then be allowed to interview with other teams after the Colts have been blocking those requests. The Rams and 49ers are expected to speak with Chudzinski about their offensive-coordinator vacancies. Of course, Chudzinski could choose to remain with the Colts and Andrew Luck.
Jan 23 - 11:28 AM

Updating a previous item, Colts special assistant Rob Chudzinski's contract is up in a week.

While the Colts haven't been allowing other teams like the Rams, 49ers, and Bears to interview Chudzinski for their offensive-coordinator vacancies, they won't be able to stop Chudzinski next week when his contract expires. That doesn't mean Chudzinski will bolt out of Indianapolis, but it opens up more doors for him to possibly squeeze more money out of the Colts if they want to keep him.
Jan 21 - 2:03 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Colts will not allow special assistant Rob Chudzinski out of his contract for any offensive-coordinator jobs.

The Rams, 49ers, and Bears have all requested permission to interview Chudzinski, but the Colts have denied those requests. Chudzinski entered the fold in Indianapolis ahead of the 2014 season and was a helping hand in Andrew Luck's league-leading 40-touchdown season. Chudzinski also gets a ton of credit for the production of the Colts' tight ends. The Colts may be holding onto Chudzinski in the event OC Pep Hamilton gets a head-coach job in the near future.
Jan 21 - 11:56 AM

The Colts denied the Rams permission to interview special assistant Rob Chudzinski for their offensive-coordinator vacancy.

The only job teams can't block assistants from outside interviews are head-coaching positions. So late in coach-hiring season, clubs don't want to lose valuable assistants. The Rams were also denied permission to speak to Packers QBs coach Alex Van Pelt. St. Louis remains interested in Adam Gase.
Jan 21 - 8:59 AM

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Bears have requested permission to interview Colts special assistant Rob Chudzinski for their offensive-coordinator vacancy.

Chudzinski has also been linked to the Rams and 49ers. Chudzinski could help make use of Jay Cutler's unique arm strength, since he likes to emphasize the vertical passing game in his offenses. The Bears have also shown interest in ex-Broncos OC Adam Gase.
Jan 19 - 4:57 PM

The Rams have requested permission to interview Colts special assistant Rob Chudzinski for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

This would be a home run for a franchise that has dealt with mundane Brian Schottenheimer offenses for the last three seasons. Chudzinski is a talent maximizer, one that emphasizes a vertical passing game and the tight end. He squeezed a 4,000-yard season out of Cam Newton in 2011, who has since averaged just 3,458 passing yards per year. Chud is also thought to be in the mix for the 49ers' OC vacancy, while Packers QBs coach Alex Van Pelt is also getting a look from the Rams.
Jan 19 - 10:28 AM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco believes the 49ers could be waiting to interview Colts assistant Rob Chudzinski before making a decision on their open offensive coordinator position.

Coach Jim Tomsula hinted he was interested in at least one assistant from the teams playing the Conference Championship games, and Maiocco believes the most likely target is Chudzinski. "Chud" was offensive coordinator for Carolina during Cam Newton's first two seasons. Newton had the only 4,000-yard passing season of his career in 2011, and rushed for 22 total touchdowns the two seasons Chudzinski was calling the shots. San Francisco will not be able to interview Chud until the Colts' season is finished. Indianapolis plays the Patriots on Sunday.
Jan 17 - 9:40 AM

49ers coach Jim Tomsula is considering Colts assistant Rob Chudzinski and Charlie Weis for the team's offensive coordinator job.

Chudzinski is currently in a special assistant role with the Colts after being fired by the Browns as a first-year coach. His vertical pass scheme could be a good fit for Colin Kaepernick. Weis was unemployed last season and has had limited success since leaving the Patriots in 2004.
Jan 14 - 7:04 PM

OC Pep Hamilton said he hasn't picked the brain of Rob Chudzinski yet.

Chud, a creative and typically vertical offensive mind, was hired as a "special assistant" to head coach Chuck Pagano back in February. The hope was that he'd exert some influence over the stubborn Hamilton, who inexplicably took the keys to the car away from Andrew Luck far too often last year. So far, it doesn't sound like that's happened. The Herald Bulletin says "it's up to each assistant coach and each individual player to decide how much — or how little — he cares to utilize" Chud's knowledge, and Chud is spending more time helping the defensive coaches understand how and why offense is schemed right now. The fantasy upside of Luck and all his receivers is massive, but we remain concerned that Hamilton will keep them shackled.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 08:15:00 PM

Colts hired ex-Browns HC Rob Chudzinski as special assistant to the head coach.

"Chud" and coach Chuck Pagano worked on the same staff at the University of Miami in the late 1990s, and then with the Browns in 2004. Chudzinski has a bright offensive mind, and this could be a way of putting OC Pep Hamilton on notice. Chudzinski has always favored an aggressive downfield aerial attack, which is in stark contrast to Hamilton's run-first tendencies. Chudzinski has a tight-end background. His hire would seem to be good news for Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener. Chud is also reuniting with Trent Richardson.
Sat, Feb 8, 2014 11:56:00 AM

The Baltimore Sun mentions ex-Browns coach Rob Chudzinski as a candidate for the Ravens offensive coordinator vacancy.

Chudzinski's fit with the Ravens would be an awfully intriguing one. He likes his offenses to get vertical, which would seem to mesh perfectly with Joe Flacco's big arm and Torrey Smith's deep speed. As we know, Chudzinski also loves his tight ends. If the Ravens can re-sign Dennis Pitta -- he'll likely be franchise-tagged if not -- he becomes an even hotter name as a fantasy tight end. Other candidates mentioned for the Baltimore opening are ex-Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan, ex-Texans coach Gary Kubiak, in-house WRs coach Jim Hostler, Saints QBs coach Joe Lombardi, and Chiefs "spread game analyst" Brad Childress.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 01:49:00 PM

Browns informed Rob Chudzinski he has been fired as head coach.

News of Chudzinski's impending termination didn't surface until Sunday morning, when ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reported there were "bad vibes" surrounding Chud's job security. ESPN's Chris Mortensen later reported Chudzinski would indeed be fired, and the move was made official in a Sunday meeting with team brass. Aside from the Browns' 4-12 record, there was no reason given for Chudzinski's dismissal. It's possible that club leadership already has its next head-coaching target in place via a wink-nod agreement. Profootballtalk.com is reporting Chudzinski's staff has been retained, at least for now.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:37:00 PM

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