Coordinator Favorite “Chud” Went from Stud to Dud

16 Jan

Talk about a tale of two seasons.

In 2007 former Miami Hurricane tight end Rob Chudzinski stepped in as Cleveland’s Offensive Coordinator and turned Derek “Big Duck” Anderson into a one man fantasy football juggernaut. Anderson, along with Jamal “Crazylegs” Lewis, Braylon “Herm” Edwards and Kellen “Iron Horse” Winslow, steamrolled the league. The Brownies wound up 10-6, with the #8 scoring offense in the NFL.

“Chud” was the toast of the town. Raises and extensions all around, with free bratwurst at every meal. The Ravens flirted with Chudzinski for their Head Coaching position after sending Brian Billick packing. Rob was a hot name, and a rising star in the coaching world.

But in 2008 Chudzinski’s Cleveland offense completely tanked. Anderson couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. Jamal Lewis managed just 3.6 yards per carry. Kellen and Braylon combined for just 1,300 receiving yards after both eclipsing 1,000 the prior year. The 2008 squad scored 170 points fewer than the 2007 version, over ten points less per contest. It was, quite simply, one of the most prolific offensive disappearing acts in league history.

Heads rolled in Cleveland, as the 10-6 prior season became a faint memory. The Browns were 4-12, and yet again in the cellar. Eric Mangini was hired, and he promptly handed Chud a New Year’s pink slip.

Chudzinski caught on in San Diego as a tight end coach. It’s the type of temporary demotion a relatively young guy has to take after a disaster like 2008. You bide your time until the right gig pops up at the right moment. Now a couple of coordinator opportunities may have come his way, both in Davie and in Carolina.

The guy has certainly shown that he can make an offense work. Unfortunately Chud has also shown that he can let one disappear. Still, Chudzinski has a lot of fans around the league, who think he’s still an “up and comer”.

It’s looking more and more as if Chud’s first comeback attempt may take place in Davie. Interestingly enough, that would involve reinventing a Dolphin offense that looks strangely similar to those 2008 Browns.

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5 Responses to “Coordinator Favorite “Chud” Went from Stud to Dud”

  1. Seth Fisher January 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    They went 10-6 not 12-4. Get your statistics right. Thats a 4 game swing.

    • danewen January 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

      Thanks for the catch, Seth. Our fact checker has the Swine Flu. 10-6 it is.

      • Seth Fisher January 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

        No problem. Just thought you might want to change that before a lot of people read this

      • danewen January 16, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

        It’s just that when the freaking Browns win 10 games it seems like 12.

  2. dodgeguy January 17, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    i’m not buyin’! i don’t think a tight end coach can outcoach belechick or ryan. when you coach you build your team first and formost to win your division, building your team means your coaches also! you need to create matchups in your favor and i don’t see him matchin’ up wit’ those guys. i’m sorry.

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