The Carolina Panthers will be looking to replace more than the three assistants that were let go on Tuesday because the Cleveland Browns have hired their offensive coordinator, Rob Chudzinski, to be their next head coach.
The team has confirmed that they will introduce Chudzinski at a press conference on Friday. He will take over a club that went just 5-11 last season.
The hiring came as a bit of a surprise considering the Browns were connected to some high profile names such as Oregon’s Chip Kelly, but after interviewing with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner, Chudzinski apparently made enough of an impression to get the job.
The 44 year old University of Miami alum has been with the Panthers the last two seasons, but has a connection to the Browns having served as their offensive coordinator for two seasons. In 2007, the Browns won 10 games - their most wins since 1994 - and Chudzinski's offense played a key role in the team's success.
Cleveland ranked eighth in the league in total offense and scoring, accumulating 5,621 net yards and 402 points. Four players from that team made the Pro Bowl.
One name that has been mentioned to replace Chudzinski is former Chargers head coach Norv Turner who would be a perfect fit with a franchise quarterback like Cam Newton entering his third NFL season, however, the new Cleveland boss is also rumored to be looking at Turner as well.