August 15, 2014

Indianapolis Colts hire Rob Chudzinski as special assistant

Weeden - ChudFormer Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski will be joining the Indianapolis Colts as a special assistant, the team announced on Saturday.

The Browns fired Chudzinski, 45, on Dec. 29 after their final game of the season. Cleveland eventually replaced him with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

Over in Indianapolis, Chudzinski will join the staff of head coach Chuck Pagano. The two previously worked together at The University of Miami and for the Browns in the early 2000s.

He’ll also be reuniting with running back Trent Richardson, traded in mid-September this past season. Offseason murmurs out of Indianapolis indicate that the team will not retain Donald Brown, who served as the starter for the season’s second half. They appear to be committed to Richardson’s long-term future.

Shortly after the firing, there had been previous murmurs that Chudzinski could be a candidate for the Miami Hurricanes, his alma mater program. Eventually, Al Golden decided to stay at The U and Penn State hired Vanderbilt’s James Franklin instead.

Overall, Chudzinski’s resume isn’t too shabby and he should probably nab an assistant job of some kind next season. Recall that he did have four years of NFL offensive coordinator experience (two in Cleveland, two in Carolina) and five years of assistant jobs (one in Cleveland, four in San Diego) prior to his toxic one head coaching season.

For the comedic, this now means that former Cleveland athletes Richardson, Chudzinski and even Andrew Bynum are all employed by sports teams in the city of Indianapolis. There certainly are plenty of jokes to be made there (even if the Pacers are one of the NBA’s best and the Colts made the playoffs).

[Related: WFNY Roundtable: The Firing of Rob Chudzinski]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Good for Chuddy! I’m assuming this position still allows him to receive his paychecks from Slim Jimmy if so even better for Chuddy.

  • Toddyus

    So, basically, Chud gets a shot to diminish the one accomplishment Joe Banner can point to (the TRich trade) in his first full year with the Browns?

  • Wow

    Is the joke on Cleveland? Sure seems that way.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The joke = Cleveland sports team owners.

  • CB Everett

    With NFL employment contracts, a fired coach/GM gets paid what he was due per year less mitigated damages (ie what he gets paid at a subsequent, comparable job). So we’re all happy for Chud including Jimmy, who now owes him less money.

  • maxfnmloans

    I’m unsure about that. The offset language may only be in force if he takes another “coaching” job, which is why he is a “special assistant”, much like Mangini in San Francisco. I can find nothing concrete one way or the other, so you may very well be correct. If you have any info one way or the other, please post it so I can educate myself.

    Otherwise I’m going to walk around believing this is a well executed end run around “The Smartest Men In the Room” (TM)

  • maxfnmloans

    actually, contrary to many opinions, the Dolans aren’t horrible, assuming this “market” bears what they tell us it does. I completely retract this statement if it comes out that they have been stockpiling doubloons while carrying on about market inequities

  • CB Everett

    To be honest, I’m not sure about Chud’s contract re: what’s considered an offset. I was just speaking generally. You’re right though on the special assistant end around in the past–I assumed TSMITR shored up the offset language accordingly (especially in the likely event a first time HC got jettisoned). Otherwise, Jimmy will not be a happy man.

  • CB Everett

    To be honest, I’m not sure about Chud’s contract re: what’s considered an offset. I was just speaking generally. You’re right though on the special assistant end around in the past–I assumed TSMITR shored up the offset language accordingly (especially in the likely event a first time HC got jettisoned). Otherwise, Jimmy will not be a happy man.

  • Hopwin

    Dolans couldn’t comment. Were busy swimming.

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