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Rob Chudzinski looking to work magic for lackluster Browns offense.
Prior to what had to be considered a down season with the Carolina Panthers in 2012, Rob Chudzinski was considered one of the hottest assistant coaches in the National Football League.
In June of 2011, ESPN ranked Chudzinski as the No. 8 up-and-coming assistant coach in the league. This was before he was able to groom Cam Newton into a great rookie quarterback that fall.
Despite struggles in terms of Newton maturing as a quarterback and Carolina failing to take the next step towards playoff contention, Chudzinski was still sought after as an assistant coach following the 2012 season.
In no small part due to his ability to groom young quarterbacks, Cleveland made the decision to bring Chudzinski on as its new head coach immediately after last season came to a conclusion.
That being said, the Browns didn't follow suit by giving Chudzinski an opportunity to draft his own quarterback last month. Instead, he will be asked to work with a combination of Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden.
Neither possess the talent that we have seen from Newton over the last two seasons, but that doesn't seem to phase Chudzinski.
First, it's all about creating competition in training camp. The new head coach has gone on record indicating that Weeden isn't set in stone as the Browns starting quarterback this upcoming season (via NFL.com):
I expect both of these guys to compete...I don't know any other way. Anybody that's on a team is competing from my standpoint. We want to put these guys in a situation, give them every chance to succeed and we'll see how that all plays out. I'm hoping that the best man wins the job and that he gives us a chance to win.
This might not be as much of an indictment of Weeden as it is of Chudzinski refusing to take a pie-in-the-sky approach. He understands that Cleveland spent a first-round pick on Weeden in 2012, but he isn't ready to just hand the job over to the inexperienced quarterback.
Back in 2011, Cam Newton was the No. 1 overall pick of the Panthers. Despite an overwhelming feeling that Newton would win the starting job outright, he entered camp in a full-fledged battle for the starting gig (via ESPN).
While that might have been more of a public relations ploy by Carolina to create some sort of doubt that it was handing the job over to a rookie, it does go to show exactly what type of mentality Chudzinski brings with him to Cleveland.
After all, any thought of Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III battling for starting jobs this past season was beyond ludicrous.
Chudzinski brought in another great quarterback guru in Norv Turner as offensive coordinator. While it hasn't been confirmed that Turner will be calling the plays for Cleveland this season, his presence on the coaching staff seems to indicate that's the direction the Browns will go.
Anyone who followed Pat Shurmur's short tenure as Cleveland's head coach fully understands that being a head coach in the NFL may require handing off the play-calling duties to the coordinator.
If that happens, Cleveland should be in a good situation to manage the game on offense and create some sort of chemistry within its coaching staff.