Who the Heck Is Rob Chudzinski?

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IJanuary 11, 2013

CLEVELAND - 2007:  Rob Chudzinski of the Cleveland Browns poses for his 2007 NFL headshot at photo day in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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A week after Cleveland was buzzing about the possibility of Chip Kelly as the next leader of the Browns, new owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner decided to hire Rob Chudzinski as head coach (via ESPN). 

Bummer, right? 

Wait, Chudzin-what? 

Who is this guy?

Before Browns fans totally dismiss him—some already have—he should, at the very least, be given a chance. 

Before we can do that, here's a complete background on the 14th coach in team history. 

The 44-year-old's most current job was as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers—a position he held since 2011, the same year Cam Newton began his tenure as the organization's franchise quarterback.

In 2011, when Newton—somewhat unexpectedly to some—burst onto the scene with a rookie season for the ages, many lauded the job Chudzinski had done in making the transition easy for the Auburn quarterback and tapping wonderfully into the signal-caller's massive potential. 

Chudzinski's coaching career began as a graduate assistant at the University of Miami, his alma mater, in 1994. 

He was the offensive coordinator for the Hurricanes from 2001 to 2003, a time when Larry Coker's teams sent droves of future Pro Bowl players to the NFL.

On offense, Chudzinski coordinated guys like Andre Johnson, Jeremy Shockey, Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, Frank Gore, Chris Myers, Bryant McKinnie, Bubba Franks and Kellen Winslow Jr. 

By 2004, his vast success at the college level led to a job in the NFL—as a tight ends coach for the Browns. 

He moved on to the San Diego Chargers to coach the tight ends for the 2005 and 2006 seasons and dealt with Antonio Gates as he entered his prime. 

Chudzinski got his first NFL coordinator job with the Browns in 2007. 

That year, Derek Anderson threw for over 3,700 yards and tossed 29 touchdowns. Braylon Edwards caught 80 passes and 16 touchdowns and Cleveland went 10-6. 

The offensive revitalization resulted in Chudzinski signing a two-year extension at season's end. 

Head coach Romeo Crennel was fired following the 2008 season and Chudzinski was subsequently relieved of his duties as the Eric Mangini era began in Cleveland. 

Chudzinski was tabbed as the assistant head coach under Norv Turner in San Diego before traveling to Charlotte with former Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera in 2011. 

You see, Browns fans, this new head coach isn't so bad after all. 

Frankly, he has quite the resume.