Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer isn’t the only coaching candidate visiting the Browns at their Berea, Ohio headquarters on Wednesday.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Panters offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski will also be interviewing with the team. Chudzinski has a background with the Browns, serving as their tight ends coach in 2004 and as offensive coordinator on Romeo Crennel’s staff in 2007 and 2008.
Chudzinski’s two terms as offensive coordinator have had some similarity. The Browns went 10-6 in 2007 thanks to an offense that ranked eighth in the league with Derek Anderson at the controls, but they slumped to the bottom of the league in 2008 to hasten the end of Crennel’s run in Cleveland.
The Panthers improved from 6-10 to 7-9 this season, but the offense did not gain as many yards or score as many points as they did in 2011. Chudzinski’s offenses have featured a lot of work for tight ends — Chudzinski played the position while in college at Miami — and a fair amount of deep passing, two things that weren’t staples of the Browns offense when Pat Shurmur was in charge.