Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dolphins Interested in Rob Chudzinski for Offensive Coordinator

The Dolphins are reportedly interested in San Diego Chargers Tight End Coach, Rob Chudzinski, for the open Coordinator position.  "Chud" as he is known, is also the assistant head coach in San Diego but his contract is up this year and the Chargers have given Miami permission to interview him, though they probably don't want to let him go.  
He was the interim OC in Cleveland in 2004 and was officially given the position in 2007, where he promptly turned back up Derek Anderson into a Pro-Bowler and was instrumental in Kellen Winslow Jr's success there.  When Romeo Crennel was replaced by Eric Mangini, the 'mangenius' brought his own coaching staff with him and fired everyone else, including the successful 'Chud', the only part of the staff the fans wanted to retain.

Chud is 43 years old, and has had success with 3 different teams, and is known for a passing attack that spreads the ball around between running backs, tight ends and wide receivers.
He is no stranger to South Florida.  The excerpt below is from the University of Miami's bio on Chud:

[A former tight end who starred on the University of Miami's 1989 national champions and played on two national title teams at UM, Chudzinski has been a part of three national title teams at Miami (1987, 1989 and 2001). 

In two seasons as offensive coordinator, his offenses produced a Maxwell Award winner for College Player of the Year (quarterback Ken Dorsey in 2001), an Outland Trophy winner (tackle Bryant McKinnie in 2001), the 2002 Rimington Award winner (center Brett Romberg in 2002) and the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year (Dorsey and tailback Willis McGahee) in both 2001 and 2002, along with six players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one news service (Dorsey, tackle Joaquin Gonzalez, McKinnie, Romberg, tight end Jeremy Shockey, and placekicker Todd Sievers). 

Under Chudzinski's direction, the 2002 Miami offense set new school records for points (527), total yards (6,074) and rushing touchdowns (33) on the way to a second consecutive appearance in the National Championship Game with a 12-1 record. The Hurricanes averaged 40.5 points per game, while averaging 284.2 yards per game passing and 183.0 yards per game rushing. 

In 2001, the Miami offense set a new standard for excellence on the way to leading the team to an undefeated season. Chudzinski's offense set a school record for scoring with 475 points in the regular season, while maintaining Miami's tradition of balanced offense, averaging more than 200 yards both rushing (204.6 ypg) and passing (250.2 ypg), compiling the third-best yards per game average in school history (454.8 ypg), and scoring at least 33 points in 10 of 12 games.]

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