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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