Offensive coordinator to stay with Browns
Rob Chudzinski is taking the Browns’ breakout year on offense to the bank.
The Browns extended their offensive coordinator’s contract two years through 2011.
“Romeo (Crennel) and I felt it was important to keep Rob in place to maintain our continuity on that side of the ball,” General Manager Phil Savage said.
Financial terms weren’t released, but coordinators are getting expensive, with the more coveted ones commanding $1 million a year.
“Rob did a terrific job this year,” Savage said. “We’re looking forward to what this group can accomplish.”
Chudzinski was tight ends coach with the Chargers in 2006 under Coordinator Cam Cameron. Their 2007 fortunes went in opposite directions with new teams — Cameron was fired as Dolphins head coach after one season.
Chudzinski, on the other hand, was a driving force in the Browns’ turnaround from 4-12 to 10-6. The Browns averaged 351.3 yards a game in net offense in 2007, up from 264.6 a year earlier. The 2007 team outscored the 2006 team 402-238.
“He was knowledgeable with the system, and he had a good relationship with the players,” Crennel said.
In a statement, Chudzinski thanked the Ravens for considering him for their open head coaching position.
“At this time,” the statement said, “it was the best decision for me both personally and professionally to stay in Cleveland.”
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