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Rob Chudzinski | OT

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (45) / 5/12/1968
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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. Feb 8 - 11:56 AM

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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.
Jan 17 - 1:49 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

The Browns are currently meeting with coach Rob Chudzinski about his future or lack thereof as head coach.

He doesn't have a future in Cleveland, as reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen earlier Sunday. It's believed Chud's meeting with club brass was originally scheduled for Monday, but Chudzinski personally requested it be moved up to Sunday night to get it over with. Chudzinski knows he's going to be fired. Speculation has the Browns targeting Josh McDaniels, Bill O'Brien, or potential in-house candidate DC Ray Horton to replace Chudzinski.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:18:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Browns will fire head coach Rob Chudzinski.

NFL head coaches generally have short shelf lives, but one-and-dones are quite uncommon. Chudzinski bucks the trend after a 4-12 season that involved quarterback chaos -- the Browns started three different QBs over the course of the year -- and losses in ten of their last 11 games. Chudzinski was once widely regarded as one of the brightest young offensive minds in football, but his unit struggled in Carolina last year, and his 2013 Cleveland offense was dysfunctional in both the run and pass games. It's believed GM Mike Lombardi will target Patriots OC Josh McDaniels to be the Browns' next head coach.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:48:00 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reports there are "bad vibes indicating uncertainty" about Browns coach Rob Chudzinski's job status.

As Grossi puts it, incredible. The Browns enter Week 17 just 4-11 under their first-year head coach, but have played competitive football despite cycling through three quarterbacks and having no running backs. Josh Gordon has emerged as the game's best young receiver under Chudzinski's tutelage, while Jordan Cameron has crashed the top tier of tight ends. Firing Chudzinski would be madness for a team locked in a never-ending cycle of rebuilds. That being said, owner Jimmy Haslam is an unsavory character — to say the least — so we wouldn't put it past him to force an inane coaching change.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 12:38:00 PM

Browns director of player personnel Jon Sandusky was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of DUI.

Sandusky is the son of ex-Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is currently in prison. Jon, 36, was spotted by a police officer at 1:50AM Tuesday making an illegal turn. Jon was arrested in Fargo, ND. It's believed he was on a recruiting trip at North Dakota State.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:38:00 PM

CEO Joe Banner insists the Browns aren't tanking the season in order to land Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater in the 2014 draft.

Perhaps "tanking" isn't a fair word, but the Browns are doing well to stockpile 2014 picks. Following Wednesday's shocking trade of Trent Richardson, they'll have 10 picks overall including two first-rounders, two third-rounders and two fourth-rounders. It's a valid way to rebuild a team, and they gave up a player at the game's most replaceable position. Bridgewater, the consensus top quarterback that will be available in April, should be in Banner's crosshairs.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 08:41:00 AM

Owner Jimmy Haslam insists he has no plans to sell the Browns amidst the federal investigation into his truck-stop company, Pilot Flying J.

"Absolutely not," he said. "We plan on owning the Browns for a long time." Haslam naturally declined all comment on the FBI/IRS investigation, but points to a planned $100 million in improvements to FirstEnergy Stadium as evidence that he isn't going anywhere. Per a league source, Haslam is also working "hand-in-glove" with the NFL as the feds get their ducks in a row. "He is taking direction and he is taking advice (from the NFL)," the source said. "They even have a plan in place in the event there is an indictment to maintain ownership of the Browns during the legal process." Until/if Haslam is actually indicted, any talk of his Browns future is pure speculation, especially coming from him.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 09:16:00 AM

The number of lawsuits against Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's truck-stop company Pilot Flying J has grown to 18.

Audubon, Minn. based R&R Transportation became the latest company to file suit, even after Pilot Flying J tried to cut it a check on Monday. The number clearly wasn't to the company's liking. Haslam is up to his ears in civil suits less than three months after the FBI/IRS raided his company, but the federal investigation remains his primary concern. A billionaire — at least for now — Haslam should be able to settle most of the suits that come his way.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Amidst the federal probe into his truck-stop company Pilot Flying J, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is selling his Double-A baseball team.

The Tennessee Smokies are an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Naturally, Haslam insists Browns fans have "absolutely zero to worry about." He's spinning it as a way to focus more on the Browns. "It does have something to do with Cleveland in that we’re obviously going to be spending more time there." The more pessimistic assumption is that Haslam is anticipating future money troubles, and starting to get his ducks in a row. Five of Haslam's former employees have already pled guilty in the probe, but his role in the scandal remains unclear.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 10:16:00 AM

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam tells The Wall Street Journal he's "very comfortable" with his position in the federal investigation into his truck-stop company Pilot Flying J.

"I really can't worry about indictments because I have no control," Haslam said. "My focus has got to be on fixing the problem with the companies (that are Pilot's customers)." Haslam has already seen five underlings plead guilty to federal charges, while he's alleged to have known about the "manual rebate" scam. Haslam is the big fish in the case, so the FBI/IRS will likely do all they can to press charges. As of now, it's entirely unclear how strong the evidence is against the Browns' embattled owner.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 03:38:00 PM

League and team sources tell SI's Don Banks that the FBI's investigation into Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's truck-stop company Pilot Flying J is unlikely to affect his ownership "for now."

Per Banks, there's "there's no real sense the sky is falling in Cleveland," or that Haslam's legal troubles will "seriously imperil" his ownership. That's true, but it's also true the FBI has yet to press charges. It's been barely one month since their surprise raid of Haslam's company. What we know for sure is that the investigation shouldn't affect the Browns this season. All bets are off beyond that.
Sun, May 19, 2013 10:40:00 AM

The Freeh Group has been hired as part of a class-action lawsuit against Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's truck-stop company Pilot Flying J.

The Freeh Group is headed by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, and led the Penn State-sanctioned investigation into the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The civil lawsuits are mounting against Haslam's company — which is accused of defrauding hundreds of customers — but he's yet to be charged in the FBI's investigation. It's a matter of when, not if, that will happen.
Wed, May 15, 2013 07:25:00 PM

CBS Sports' Mike Freeman reports "several" rival officials believe it may be "extremely difficult" for Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to keep the team amid the federal probe into his truck-stop company Pilot Flying J.

"This is more worrisome than people know," said one rival official. Per Freeman, NFL sources are concerned about the "long-term viability of the Browns under Haslam's control" because of the rash of civil lawsuits he's facing in addition to looming federal charges. Haslam has repeatedly stated his innocence while insisting the Browns will not be affected, but has dodged all questions. His mind is going to be anywhere but Cleveland this summer.
Wed, May 8, 2013 04:42:00 PM

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