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Rob Chudzinski
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Chudzinski as head coach of
the Cleveland Browns in 2013
Boston College Eagles
Position:Associate head coach (offense)
Personal information
Born: (1968-05-12) May 12, 1968 (age 54)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Career information
High school:Toledo (OH) St. John's Jesuit
College:Miami (FL)
Career history
As a coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season:4–12 (.250)
Coaching stats at PFR

Robert Matthew Chudzinski (born May 12, 1968) is an American football coach who is currently the associate head coach on offense for the Boston College Eagles. Chudzinski was the offensive coordinator for several National Football League (NFL) teams and was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns during the 2013 NFL season.

Playing career

Chudzinski attended St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio. He played college football at the University of Miami from 1986 to 1990 and won a national championship with the Miami Hurricanes in 1987 and again in 1989. He was a three-year starter at tight end for Miami.

Coaching career


From 1994 to 2003, Chudzinski coached at the University of Miami, his first two years as a graduate assistant. He was the tight ends coach from 1996 to 2000. From 2001 to 2003, he was the tight ends coach and offensive coordinator. In 2001, the Hurricanes won the national championship. In 2000, the Hurricanes offense set university records for points, total yards and rushing touchdowns. During his tenure at the University of Miami, he coached three All-American tight ends: Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow II. He has coached Winslow (Cleveland Browns) and Shockey (Carolina Panthers) in the NFL.

National Football League

Cleveland Browns

Chudzinski was the tight ends coach and interim offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns in 2004.

San Diego Chargers

In 2005, Chudzinski was hired as the tight ends coach of the San Diego Chargers. With the Chargers, he coached the All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates.

Cleveland Browns (second time)

In 2007, Chudzinski was named the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns.[1] That year, the Cleveland Browns ranked eighth overall on offense, sent 4 offensive players to the 2008 Pro Bowl and finished second in the AFC North with a record of 10–6, their most wins since 1994. After the 2008 season Chudzinski was replaced by Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator, following the firing of the Cleveland Browns' head coach Romeo Crennel and the hiring of new head coach Eric Mangini.

San Diego Chargers (second time)

In 2009, Chudzinski returned to the San Diego Chargers as the tight ends coach and assistant head coach.

Carolina Panthers

In 2011, Chudzinski was named the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator. He took one of the league's worst offenses in 2010 and transformed it into one of the top 10 offenses in 2011 with the rookie quarterback Cam Newton. The Panthers finished seventh overall in the league on offense, fifth in points scored and set a new franchise record for total yards in a season.

Cleveland Browns (third time)

On January 10, 2013, Chudzinski was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.[2] He was fired at the end of the season after a 4–12 record.[3] He said in a statement that he was, "shocked and disappointed to hear the news" about his firing, but expressed his gratitude toward the Haslam family for giving him the opportunity and called himself, "a Cleveland Brown to the core".[4]

Indianapolis Colts

Chudzinski at the Colts training camp in 2015
Chudzinski at the Colts training camp in 2015

On February 8, 2014, the Indianapolis Colts announced that they had hired Chudzinski as special assistant to the head coach Chuck Pagano. They had previously worked on the same staff at the University of Miami from 1995 to 2000 and with the Cleveland Browns in 2004.

On January 27, 2015, the Colts announced that Chudzinski would be associate head coach under Pagano.[5]

On November 3, 2015, Chudzinski was named as the offensive coordinator, replacing Pep Hamilton.[6]

Personal life

Born on May 12, 1968, to Gary and Ruth Chudzinski, he attended Toledo St. John’s High School. He lived in Bowling Green, Ohio, from 1971 to 1972. He and his wife, Sheila, have three sons, Kaelan, Rian and Declan, and one daughter, Margaret.[7]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CLE 2013 4 12 0 .250 4th in AFC North - - - -
Total 4 12 0 .250 0 0 .000


  1. ^ "Browns Offense In Hands of Rob Chudzinski". Archived from the original on March 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "Browns name Rob Chudzinski coach". January 11, 2013.
  3. ^ Sessler, Marc (December 29, 2013). "Rob Chudzinski fired by Cleveland Browns". National Football League. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  4. ^ "Ex-Browns coach Rob Chudzinski 'shocked and disappointed' by firing". USA Today.
  5. ^ "Rob Chudzinski stays with Colts". ESPN. January 27, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Breech, John (November 3, 2015). "Colts fire OC Pep Hamilton; ex-Browns coach Rob Chudzinski to take over". Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  7. ^ Cleveland Browns: Rob Chudzinski