The NFL today announced that Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has been named to the 2016 Pro Bowl. Hilton will replace Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald who will miss the game due to injury. The game will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 2015, Hilton played in all 16 games (15 starts) for the second time in his career and totaled 69 receptions for 1,124 yards and five touchdowns. He finished as the Colts leader in receptions and receiving yards for the third consecutive year. Hilton also registered his third consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season and joined Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne as the only players in franchise history to post three or more career 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He owned 14 receptions of 25+ yards, which tied for sixth in the NFL. Among players with at least 60 receptions in 2015, Hilton ranked fifth in the league with an average of 16.3 yards per reception. In Week 7 vs. New Orleans, he tallied four receptions for 150 yards (37.5 avg.) and two touchdowns. Hilton’s performance marked his 17th career 100-yard receiving game and his fifth multiple-touchdown game. His 150 receiving yards tied for his fourth-best single-game total of his career. Hilton recorded his sixth-career multiple touchdown performance in Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay when he caught six passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 14 at Jacksonville, Hilton registered his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and the 18th of his career when he collected 132 receiving yards on four receptions.
Hilton will join teammates Mike Adams and Vontae Davis in Hawaii as the trio will be making their second consecutive Pro Bowl appearances. The Colts have had at least two players represented in the game dating back to 1999 and at least three players each of the last four seasons.
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The NFL today announced that Colts safety Mike Adams has been named to the 2016 Pro Bowl. Adams will replace Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor who will miss the game due to injury. The game will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 13 starts in 2015, Adams ranked fourth on the team with 76 tackles (54 solo) and contributed with five interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), six passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 1.0 sack. His five interceptions tied a career-high (2014) and ranked tied for sixth in the NFL. Adams’ three forced fumbles also set a new career-best. In his last two Pro Bowl seasons (2014-15), he has compiled 10 interceptions, which ranks tied for third in the league. In a Week 5 victory against Houston, Adams registered five tackles, two interceptions and two passes defensed. His second interception of the game in the fourth quarter gave the Colts possession of the ball that they would not relinquish, helping to seal the victory. It was his fourth career multiple interception game and Adams earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance. The following week against New England, Adams totaled three tackles, one interception returned for a touchdown and one pass defensed. It marked his second career interception return for a touchdown.
Adams and teammate Vontae Davis will both be making their second consecutive appearances in the Pro Bowl. The Colts have had at least two players represented in the game dating back to 1999.
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The NFL today announced that Colts cornerback Vontae Davis has been named to the 2016 Pro Bowl. Davis will replace Broncos cornerback Chris Harris, Jr. who will be participating in Super Bowl 50. The game will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Davis will be making his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. He started all 16 games at cornerback for the second time in his career. Davis led the Colts and ranked tied for 11th in the NFL with 16 passes defensed. He also ranked sixth on the team with 50 tackles (38 solo) and contributed with four interceptions. Three of Davis’ interceptions came in the red zone, including two picks in the end zone to prevent touchdowns from New Orleans (Week 7) and Miami (Week 16). On two occasions, he intercepted passes in back-to-back games (Weeks 7-8 and Weeks 15-16) and tallied six contests with multiple passes defensed.
Davis’ selection marks the 18th consecutive year the Colts have had a representative in the Pro Bowl dating back to 1998.
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The Indianapolis Colts have hired Greg Williams as the team’s defensive backs coach.
Williams holds 13 years of coaching experience, including the last seven seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers as the team’s assistant linebackers coach (2009-2012) and assistant secondary coach (2013-15). Last year, the Chargers defense recorded 11 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 62 passes defensed. The unit also allowed 22 passing touchdowns, which was tied for the seventh fewest in the NFL and the third fewest in the AFC.
Williams oversaw a secondary that ranked fourth in the NFL in pass defense in 2014. Safety Eric Weddle led the Chargers with 114 tackles (91 solo), eight passes defensed, one interception and two forced fumbles en route to his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection.
In Williams’ first season working with the secondary (2013), the Chargers ranked sixth in the AFC in passing touchdowns allowed and totaled 11 interceptions and 67 passes defensed. Weddle led the defense with 115 tackles, two interceptions, 1.0 sack and one forced fumble.
As the assistant linebackers coach from 2009-2012, the Chargers defense ranked 11th in the NFL and sixth in the AFC in rushing defense over the four-year span (107.5 ypg.). The defense also totaled 152.0 sacks and 36 fumble recoveries. In 2009, San Diego posted a 13-3 record and won the AFC West Division for the fourth consecutive year. Williams had two of his linebackers post back-to-back 11.0-sack seasons, including Shaun Phillips (tied for 10th in the NFL in 2010) and Antwan Barnes (tied for 11th in the NFL in 2011).
Prior to San Diego, Williams spent the 2008 season as a secondary and defensive graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. The Panthers recorded a 9-4 record and ranked second in the Big East Conference. The team also reached the Sun Bowl. Pittsburgh’s defense allowed 193.0 passing yards per game in addition to intercepting 14 passes.
Williams spent two seasons with Arkansas Tech University (2006-07) coaching the defensive backs and serving as a recruiting coordinator. He got his start in coaching as an intern at Arizona State in 2003 before joining the College of DuPage staff for two years. After working with the wide receivers in 2004 he switched focuses and worked primarily with defensive backs in 2005.
Williams played wide receiver and defensive back at the University of North Carolina from 1994-97 under Mack Brown. He helped the Tar Heels to three bowl wins while finishing in The Associated Press Top 10 twice, including an 11-1 record during his senior year in 1997 when they finished fourth in the AP Poll.
Williams graduated with a degree in sociology, and went to training camp with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants before spending time in NFL Europe, the XFL and the Arena League.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin to a reserve/future contract.
Lumpkin, 6-3, 300 pounds, has competed in seven career games between the Arizona Cardinals (2011-12) and Oakland Raiders (2013-14). He has totaled 10 career tackles (seven solo) and 1.0 sack. In 2014 with the Raiders, Lumpkin spent the first 12 weeks of the season on the practice squad before being signed to the active roster for the final five games of the regular season. He compiled nine tackles (six solo) and added his first career sack in a Week 15 contest at Kansas City. Lumpkin was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cardinals in 2011. He spent most of the 2011 and 2012 campaigns on the practice squad before making his NFL debut in 2012 during a Week 15 contest against Detroit where he posted one tackle.
Lumpkin appeared in 44 career games (29 starts) at the University of Kentucky and finished his collegiate career with 82 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery. He started all 13 games as a senior, totaling 21 tackles, 1.0 sack and 5.5 tackles for a loss. He notched 26 tackles as a junior and 17 stops as a sophomore.
Lumpkin attended Kenwood High School in Clarksville, Tenn. and was named “Mr. Football” for Class AAAA in the state following his senior season where he totaled 101 tackles, 35.0 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks.
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The Indianapolis Colts have signed Brian Schottenheimer as quarterbacks coach and Shawn Terlecky as defensive quality control coach.
Schottenheimer holds 19 years of coaching experience, including 16 seasons at the NFL level. He spent the 2015 campaign as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the University of Georgia. Last year, the Bulldogs totaled 4,904 yards of net offense and ranked fifth in the Southeastern Conference with a 60.9 completion percentage. Schottenheimer coached running back Nick Chubb who totaled 747 rushing yards in six games before suffering a season ending injury. Chubb’s total included a streak of five consecutive 100-yard games to start the season.
Schottenheimer spent three years (2012-14) as the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. In 2014, St. Louis averaged 314.7 net yards per game. Quarterbacks Austin Davis and Shaun Hill combined to throw for 3,658 yards and 20 touchdowns in place of an injured Sam Bradford. In 2013, the Rams scored 27-or-more points on six different occasions. In addition, the team scored 38 touchdowns, which was the most for the club in a single season dating back to 2006. Schottenheimer oversaw Bradford who ranked eighth in the NFL with 159 completions and was tied for fifth in touchdown passes (14) before suffering a season ending knee injury.
In St. Louis’ first season under Schottenheimer (2012), the Rams recorded a 6.6 points per game average increase over the previous season as Bradford set career highs in passing yards (3,702), touchdown passes (21) and passer rating (82.5). He also called plays for an offense that helped running back Steven Jackson rush for his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard campaign.
Schottenheimer joined the Rams after spending the previous six seasons in the same position with the New York Jets. During his time in New York, he constructed an offense that helped the Jets earn back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship Game.
In 2011, the Jets led the NFL in red zone percentage as they scored touchdowns on 36 of their 55 trips inside their opponents’ 20-yard line (65.5 percent). In 2010, New York ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing offense and 11th in total yards, and in 2009, the Jets led the NFL with an average of 172.3 rushing yards per game. New York was one of just three teams since 2001 to average more than 170 rushing yards per game in a season. In 2009, Schottenheimer helped quarterback Mark Sanchez become the most prolific postseason quarterback in club annals. Under his direction, Sanchez won four road postseason games (most in Jets history), while throwing a team record nine touchdown passes. With the help of Schottenheimer, Sanchez recorded the second-most postseason passing yards (1,155) in club history and three of the club’s top five postseason passer ratings.
In 2008, the Jets acquired quarterback Brett Favre during the preseason, and New York scored 405 points, only the third time in franchise history that they reached 400 points. Their 42 offensive touchdowns that season were their most since 1998. The running game, led by Pro Bowler Thomas Jones (AFC-leading 1,312 rushing yards and a team record 13 rushing touchdowns) and Leon Washington (448 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns), averaged 4.75 yards per carry, fifth in the league and the best season mark in franchise history.
Schottenheimer joined the Jets in 2006 after spending four seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the San Diego Chargers. In 2004, Drew Brees earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career as he threw 27 touchdown passes and finished third in the NFL in passer rating. Schottenheimer also oversaw the development of Philip Rivers, who worked with Schottenheimer as Brees’ back-up during Rivers’ first two NFL seasons.
Prior to his stint in San Diego, Schottenheimer worked for his father, Marty, in Washington and Kansas City. He was an offensive assistant with the Chiefs and held the title of quarterbacks coach during his lone season with the Redskins. In between those two stops, he coached at the collegiate level, tutoring wide receivers at Syracuse in 1999 and tight ends at Southern California in 2000.
Schottenheimer made his NFL coaching debut in 1997 as an offensive assistant on Dick Vermeil’s Rams staff.
Terlecky has 12 years of coaching experience and spent the last three seasons with the Colts as the team’s assistant to the head coach. The Colts recorded a 30-18 record over the last three seasons, which included two AFC South Division championships and one appearance in the AFC Championship Game in 2014.
Prior to the Colts, Terlecky was a defensive intern for Louisiana State University from 2010-12. In the course of those three seasons, the Tigers defense earned national rankings of eighth, second and 12th in total defense. In 2011, LSU also ranked second nationally in scoring defense. He coached in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, AT&T Cotton Bowl and the 2012 BCS National Championship.
From 2008-2010, Terlecky was the cornerbacks coach/recruiting coordinator for Mercyhurst University. In 2008, the defense ranked 20th nationally in total defense and 16th in scoring defense. In addition, the Laker pass defense ranked seventh in the country and led the PSAC.
Terlecky spent three seasons (2005-07) at the University of North Carolina as a graduate assistant with focuses on linebackers (2005), secondary (2006) and the defensive line (2007). He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Mercyhurst University in 2004.
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“We are extremely saddened and mourn the loss of Ted Marchibroda,” said Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay. “He had a proud history not just with the Colts, but also as a player, coach and broadcaster for over half a century with the NFL. Ted was an innovator and turned the Colts into an instant playoff team when he took his first head coaching role in 1975. Ted was as humble as they come, and he represented the Colts and our community with class both off the field and on. He was beloved by many, and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Ann and their family.”
Marchibroda coached the Colts for nine seasons when the team was in Baltimore (1975-79) and Indianapolis (1992-95). He compiled a 71-67 (.514) regular season record. Marchibroda led the Colts to the playoffs four times and won three AFC Eastern Division titles. The Colts made the playoffs in each of his first three seasons with the team after winning the AFC Eastern Division three consecutive years from 1975-77. After leading the Colts to a 10-4 record in his first season with the Colts in 1975, Marchibroda was named NFL Coach of the Year. In 1995, Marchibroda guided the Colts to a 9-7 regular season record, including an appearance in the AFC Championship Game. In 2000, he became the first Colts head coach to be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.
After his coaching career, Marchibroda served as a radio color commentator for the Colts from 1999-2006.
Marchibroda made his coaching debut with the Washington Redskins in 1961 as backfield coach and was there through 1965. He joined George Allen’s staff with the Los Angeles Rams in 1966 and moved with Allen to the Redskins in 1971. Marchibroda served as the offensive coordinator there through the 1974 season.
After his first stint as head coach for the Colts, he served as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bears (1981), Detroit Lions (1982-83), Philadelphia Eagles (1984-85) and Buffalo Bills (1987-91). In Buffalo, he served on Pro Football Hall of Fame Head Coach Marv Levy’s staff. After his second stint as Colts head coach, Marchibroda returned to Baltimore and was the first head coach of the Ravens. In three seasons (1996-98), he totaled a 16-31-1 record.
Marchibroda played quarterback at St. Bonaventure (1950-51) and the University of Detroit (1952). He led the nation in total offense at Detroit. Marchibroda was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1953 NFL Draft. As a quarterback, he played in 30 career games (11 starts) and completed 172-of-385 passes for 2,169 yards with 16 touchdowns and 29 interceptions with the Steelers (1953, 1955, 1956) and Chicago Cardinals (1957). Marchibroda missed the 1954 season while serving in the Army and returned to Pittsburgh the following year.
A native of Franklin, Pa., Marchibroda and his wife, Ann, had two daughters, Jodi and Lonni and two sons, Ted Jr. and Robert.
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The Indianapolis Colts have signed Joe Philbin as offensive line coach.
Philbin spent the last four seasons as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. He has 30 years of coaching experience, including 13 seasons in the NFL.
He compiled a 24-28 record in Miami after being named the 10th head coach of the Dolphins on January 20, 2012. Philbin was instrumental in the development of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, whom the Dolphins drafted in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2014, Tannehill (4,045 passing yards) registered his first career 4,000-yard passing season as he joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino as the only players to surpass that plateau in team history. Running back Lamar Miller rushed for 1,099 yards to become the first Dolphins 1,000-yard rusher since Reggie Bush in 2011 (1,086 yards). Tannehill and Miller became the first duo in team history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.
The Dolphins finished the 2013 season with an 8-8 record as Philbin became the first Dolphins head coach to improve the team’s record two consecutive years since the 1997 and 1998 campaigns. Offensively, Tannehill threw for 24 touchdowns in his second season and became only the second quarterback in team history, joining Marino, to throw for 24-or-more touchdowns in a season.
In his first season as head coach in 2012, Philbin guided the Dolphins to a 7-9 record. Miami finished tied for first in the AFC in touchdowns allowed on defense (32), as their 42.6 percent of red zone touchdowns allowed was the lowest in the NFL. Defensively, Miami ranked third in the AFC in points allowed per game (19.8). Tannehill set franchise rookie records in several offensive categories and became the first quarterback in team history to start all of the team’s games in his first year in the league.
Prior to joining the Dolphins, Philbin coached nine seasons (2003-2011) for the Green Bay Packers. In Green Bay, he served as offensive coordinator (2007-2011), offensive line coach (2006), tight ends/assistant offensive line (2004-05) and assistant offensive line (2003). In his five seasons as offensive coordinator, he directed a unit that ranked in the top 10 in both total yards and total points, joining the New England Patriots as the only teams to accomplish that feat during that period. Green Bay’s point total (2,263) was third in the league over that five-year span, trailing only New England (2,457) and New Orleans (2,283). Green Bay reached the playoffs in four of Philbin’s five seasons as offensive coordinator as 12 Packers were selected to the Pro Bowl.
Before making the leap to the NFL, Philbin coached at the collegiate level at Iowa (1999-2002), Harvard (1997-98), Northeastern (1995-96), Ohio (1994), Allegheny College (1990-93), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (1988-89) and Worcester Tech (1986-87). Philbin won two Division III National Championships at Allegheny while serving as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach.
A native of Springfield, Mass., Philbin graduated from Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) in 1984, where he played tight end (1980). He has a master’s degree in education from Tulane University (1986).
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The Indianapolis Colts have signed Jim Herrmann as linebackers coach and Darren Krein as head strength and conditioning coach. The team also announced Offensive Line Coach Hal Hunter will not be retained.
Herrmann has 30 years of coaching experience, including 10 seasons in the NFL. He previously served as the linebackers coach for the New York Jets (2006-08) and New York Giants (2009-2015) after spending 20 years on the coaching staff at his alma mater, the University of Michigan (1986-2005).
In 2015, Herrmann guided a Giants unit that used six different starting lineup rotations at linebacker as the team battled through injuries. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas ranked second on the team with 88 tackles (67 solo), while fellow linebacker Jasper Brinkley ranked third with 67 tackles (49 solo).
Herrmann was instrumental in the development of rookie linebacker Devon Kennard in 2014. The fifth round draft pick played in 12 games (six starts) and totaled 43 tackles (36 solo) and 4.5 sacks. Kennard was selected as NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 14) after recording six solo tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, and a forced fumble against the Tennessee Titans. He became the first Giants defensive rookie to be honored as a Player of the Week. After losing starting linebacker Jon Beason early in the season due to injury, former Baltimore Raven Jameel McClain was thrust into the starting role for the Giants. Herrmann helped McClain establish a career-high with 117 tackles (75 solo) and tie his career-best with 2.5 sacks.
In 2013, Herrmann’s unit helped the Giants defense finish eighth in the NFL after allowing 332.3 yards per game. New York used a linebacker by committee approach in 2011 after losing starter Jonathan Goff due to injury. The unit was manned by Chase Blackburn, Mathias Kiwanuka and rookie Greg Jones as the Giants went on to win Super Bowl XLVI. In 2010, the Giants finished seventh in the NFL in total defense (310.8 yards per game) and eighth against the run (101.3).
Prior to joining the Giants, Herrmann was the linebackers coach of the New York Jets from 2006-08. In 2008, the Jets defense ranked seventh in the NFL against the run (94.9 yards per game) and 16th overall (329.4). Two of Herrmann’s positional players, Eric Barton and Calvin Pace, were the team’s top tacklers. In 2007, Herrmann was joined in New York by one of his former Michigan players, linebacker David Harris, whom the club drafted in the second round. As a rookie, Harris led the team with 117 tackles and tied for the team lead with 5.0 sacks.
Herrmann coached at Michigan for two decades (1986-2005) before making the jump to the NFL. He served as defensive coordinator/linebackers (1997-2005), linebackers/special teams (1995-96), inside linebackers (1990-94), volunteer coach (1988-89) and graduate assistant (1986-87) while in Ann Arbor. In his first season as defensive coordinator in 1997, the Wolverines won the national championship while leading the nation in multiple defensive categories, including total yards, scoring and pass efficiency. Herrmann received the Broyles Award as the National Assistant Coach of the Year.
In his nine years as defensive coordinator, Michigan won five Big Ten championships and the defense held 47 opponents to less than 100 rushing yards. The Wolverines defense led the Big Ten in sacks three times (1997, 2001, 2002) and set a school record with 50 sacks in 2001. Herrmann coached six All-Americans, including Marlin Jackson, Ernest Shazor, Leon Hall, LaMarr Woodley, Larry Foote and Charles Woodson, who won the 1997 Heisman Trophy and was named the national Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
Herrmann began his coaching career at the high school level in Michigan at Harper Woods Notre Dame High School (1984) and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (1985).
He was a three-year letter winner at linebacker for Michigan. In 1980, he was a member of Bo Schembechler’s first Rose Bowl-winning team. A native of Michigan, Herrmann was a three-sport athlete and standout linebacker at Dearborn Divine High School.
Krein spent the last five seasons (2011-15) as the head strength and conditioning coach of the Miami Dolphins. He has 17 years of NFL coaching experience. In 2013, Krein was recognized by his peers with their highest honor as he was named the NFL Strength Coach of the Year at the league’s annual Strength and Conditioning Coaches banquet in Indianapolis.
Prior to Miami, Krein had two stints with the Seattle Seahawks (1997-98 and 2001-09) as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. He assisted in the coordination of the players’ weight training and the offseason conditioning program. Krein was also integral in the design and implementation of the rehabilitation process for injured players.
Krein was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He missed his rookie season due to a knee injury. On June 17, 1995 Krein was claimed by the Green Bay Packers off waivers but did not see any game action. In 1996, he played the entire season with the Barcelona Dragons of the World League, but re-injured his knee and was forced to retire.
A native of Aurora, Colorado, Krein was a four-year letterman at the University of Miami (1989-1993). He was named a unanimous First Team All-Big East selection and Second Team Associated Press All-America choice as a senior. Krein totaled 190 career tackles and 17.5 sacks as a member of the Hurricanes and earned a degree in business management.
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The Indianapolis Colts have signed Rob Chudzinski as offensive coordinator.
Chudzinski spent the last two seasons with the Colts. He most recently served as the associate head coach in 2015. Chudzinski assumed control of the offensive coordinator duties and responsibilities on November 3, 2015 when the team terminated former Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton. Chudzinski holds 22 years of coaching experience, including the previous 12 seasons in the NFL.
In 2015, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck led the Colts to a 5-3 record as a starting quarterback during the absence of Andrew Luck. Quarterback Josh Freeman started the season finale vs. Tennessee and guided the Colts to their sixth win with a backup starting quarterback in 2015, which led the NFL. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton registered his third-consecutive 1,000-yard season as he caught 69 passes for 1,124 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Frank Gore totaled 260 carries for 967 yards and six touchdowns. His 967 rushing yards were the most by a Colts running back since 2007 (Joseph Addai, 1,072).
He served as special assistant to the head coach in 2014. Chudzinski provided input on both sides of the ball along with assisting Head Coach Chuck Pagano. He also helped with game management and handled special projects. In 2014, Chudzinski helped the Colts to their third consecutive 11-win season and second straight AFC South title. The team recorded a perfect 6-0 division record for the second straight year, marking the first time in franchise history they’ve accomplished the feat in back-to-back seasons. Indianapolis also won two postseason contests and reached the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 2009. Chudzinski assisted an offense that ranked first in the NFL in passing (305.9 ypg.) and passing touchdowns (42). The Colts ranked third in the league in total offense (406.6 ypg.), which was a 12-spot improvement from a No. 15 ranking in 2013 and ranked sixth in the NFL in scoring (28.6 ppg.), which was an eight-spot jump from the previous season. Defensively, Indianapolis improved in all three categories including total defense, rushing defense and passing defense.
In 2013, Chudzinski served as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland finished 18th in the NFL in total offense and 11th in passing yards, marking the highest ranking for the team dating back to 1991. The Browns also finished ninth in total defense, which was the highest ranking since 1994. Cleveland recorded 40.0 sacks as a team and tied for the league lead with 16 total players with a sack.
Prior to joining the Browns, Chudzinski spent two years (2011-12) as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. In 2011, the team set club records for total yards (6,237) and first downs (345), one year after experiencing franchise lows in both categories. Carolina scored 48 touchdowns overall after recording 17 the year before his arrival. Chudzinski tutored quarterback Cam Newton, who became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards, while setting an NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 14 en route to being named the 2011 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Panthers also became the first team in NFL history with three 700-yard rushers in DeAngelo Williams (836), Jonathan Stewart (761) and Newton (706).
Chudzinski had two stints with the San Diego Chargers, where he served as the assistant head coach/tight ends from 2009-2010 and tight ends coach from 2005-06. He coached tight end Antonio Gates, who recorded both of his 1,000-yard receiving seasons under Chudzinski in 2005 and 2009.
From 2007-08, Chudzinski served as offensive coordinator of the Browns. In 2007, Cleveland scored 402 points and tallied 5,621 yards of total offense, both of which ranked as the third-most in franchise history. In addition, the team tied for seventh in the NFL in touchdowns and eighth in total offense after finishing 30th and 31st, respectively, the year prior.
Chudzinski began his NFL coaching career in 2004 as the Browns tight ends coach, where he worked with first round draft choice Kellen Winslow. During the season, he was elevated to offensive coordinator for the final five games following Butch Davis’ resignation as head coach.
From 1994-2003, Chudzinski coached at his alma mater, the University of Miami (Fla.). He spent two seasons (1994-95) as a graduate assistant, five (1996-2000) as tight ends coach and three (2001-03) as offensive coordinator. During his three seasons as offensive coordinator, the Hurricanes compiled a record of 35-3 and played in a BCS Bowl Game every year, including two National Championship appearances. Chudzinski helped shape several future NFL Pro Bowlers, including Bubba Franks, Frank Gore, Andre Johnson, Willis McGahee, Bryant McKinnie, Clinton Portis, Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow.
Chudzinski played tight end at Miami from 1986-1990, as he was a three-year starter and a member of two national championship teams (1987 and 1989). He graduated with a B.A. in business administration in 1990 and went on to earn his MBA in 1996.
Chudzinski was inducted into the 2015 University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. His class was comprised of two time Olympic medalist Lauryn Williams as well as football stars Jonathan Vilma, Kevin Patrick, Rusty Medearis, Winston Moss and the late Sean Taylor among others. He is a native of Toledo, Ohio.
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