Ripple Effect? Browns Hire Rob Chudzinski

The Cleveland Browns’ coaching search has led them to Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

Joe Banner has chosen Chudzinski as the team’s new head coach, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Banner and the Browns heavily pursued Chip Kelly, but when it became clear that the Oregon coach wasn’t going to Cleveland, they focused their efforts elsewhere. The Browns interviewed several candidates, including Ken Whisenhunt, Bill O’Brien and Ray Horton.

Chudzinski spent the past two seasons as the Panthers offensive coordinator. He previously worked as an assistant with the Chargers and the Browns.

So, what does this mean for the Eagles? At the beginning of the process, it appeared Banner and Jeffrey Lurie would be battling for the same candidates: Chip Kelly, O’Brien, Doug Marrone. But after Kelly decided he was staying put, the two franchises went their separate ways. The Eagles have shown interest in Brian Kelly, Lovie Smith and Gus Bradley, among others.

The Browns are the third team to fill their head-coaching vacancy. The Chiefs hired Andy Reid. And the Bills hired Marrone.

After the Jaguars fired Mike Mularkey Thursday, that leaves five positions open: Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Chicago, Arizona and San Diego.

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  • I support this if for nothing else than the opportunity for C.H.U.D. related jokes.

    • Johnny Domino

      Very well played.

  • jon h

    Looks more and more like they’re going with a coordinator who’s still in the playoffs

    • johngiam

      hOpefully they already interviewed Gus and have an agreement in place with him….Thus him being scheduled for an interview 10 days ago, yet no word on the interview (NO other candidate given permissions situation has been so murky) sounds like an undercover birds move to me He would never be announced as HC whlie his team is in the playoffs and I have a feeling he was interviewed that sunday/monday that McCoy was interviewed…Could it be that the Gus interview went well, he has an agreement and why now he is the one candidate we cant get a clear answer about? or is this just wishful thinking on my part?

  • asobynature

    Is that a Bruce or Joe Banner move. How do u go from Chip to Chud? Ill tell u. Replace the vowel and turn the p upside down. Man, I can be a GM its easy money.

    • This guy wins the internet

  • Myke Lowery

    Sheil- has there been any rumours of interviewing Jim Tomsula?

  • Im fine with that i want eagles to hire mike nolan jon gruden mike mccoy or bruce arians

  • The Guru

    And that ladies and gentleman, is why the Browns are the Browns. Terrible hire!

    • johngiam

      BASICALLY….. lol.. They interviewed wisenhunt twice! would much rather have the chin JR, then the Chud, chode whatever you guys call him lol

  • JofreyRice

    This is probably a good thing for Cam Newton’s development. Chud hit a wall, and I think his reliance on the read-option is hurting Cam’s maturation as a passer. Also, I’m sure Deangelo Williams & Stewart are happy to see him go–their roles in Chud’s offense minimized their talent.