American Football Database
Rob Chudzinski
File:Rob Chudzinski 2013.jpg
Chudzinski as head coach of
the Cleveland Browns in 2013
Personal information
Born: (1968-05-12) May 12, 1968 (age 54)
Toledo, Ohio
Career information
High school:Toledo (OH) St. John's Jesuit
College:Miami (FL)
Career history
As coach:
* Miami (1994–1995)
Graduate assistant
Head coaching record
Regular season:.250
Coaching stats at PFR

Robert Matthew Chudzinski (born May 12, 1968) is an American football coach.[1] He was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns during the 2013 NFL season.

Playing career

Chudzinski attended St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio. He played college football at the University of Miami from 1986–1990, and won a national championship with the Hurricanes in 1987 and again in 1989. He was a three-year starter at tight end for Miami.

Coaching career


From 1994–2003, Chudzinski coached at his alma mater, the University of Miami. He spent his first two years as a graduate assistant. He then served as the tight ends coach from 1996-2000. From 2001-2003, he served as the tight ends coach and offensive coordinator. In 2001, the Hurricanes won the national championship. A year later, the Canes offense set school records for points, total yards and rushing touchdowns. During his tenure at the University of Miami he coached three All-American tight ends: Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey, and Kellen Winslow II. He has coached Winslow (Cleveland Browns) and Shockey (Carolina Panthers) in the National Football League.

National Football League

Chudzinski served as the tight ends coach and interim offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns in 2004. In 2005, Chudzinski was hired as the tight ends coach of the San Diego Chargers. With the Chargers, he coached All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates. In 2007, Chudzinski was named the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns.[2] That year the Cleveland Browns ranked eighth overall on offense, sent 4 offensive players to the Pro Bowl, and finished second in the AFC North with a record of 10–6, their most wins since 1994. However, after the 2008 season Chudzinski was replaced by Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator, following the firing of Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel and the hiring of new head coach Eric Mangini. In 2009, Chudzinski returned to the San Diego Chargers as the tight ends coach and assistant head coach.

In 2011, Chudzinski was named the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator. He took one of the league's worst offenses in 2010 and transformed it into one of the top 10 offenses in 2011 with rookie quarterback Cam Newton. The Panthers finished seventh overall in the league on offense, fifth in points scored, and set a new franchise record for total yards in a season.

On January 10, 2013, Chudzinski was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.[3] Chudzinski was fired at the end of the season after a 4–12 record.[4] Chudzinski said in a statement that he was, "shocked and disappointed to hear the news" about his firing, but expressed his gratitude toward the Haslam family for giving him the opportunity and called himself, "a Cleveland Brown to the core." [5]

On February 8, 2014, the Indianapolis Colts announced that they had hired Chudzinski as special assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano. The two had previously worked on the same staff at the University of Miami from 1995 to 2000, and also with the Cleveland Browns in 2004.

On January 27, 2015, the Colts announced that Chudzinski will serve as associate head coach under Pagano.[1]

On November 3, 2015, Chudzinski was named as the offensive coordinator, replacing Pep Hamilton.[6]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CLE 2013 4 12 0 .250 4th in AFC North - - - -
Total 4 12 0 .250 0 0 .000

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Chudzinski has served:

Personal life

Born on May 12, 1968, to Gary and Ruth Chudzinski, he attended Toledo St. John’s High School. He lived in Bowling Green, Ohio from 1971 to 1972. He and his wife, Sheila, have three sons, Kaelan, Rian and Declan, and one daughter, Margaret.[7]