According to Adam Caplan, an ESPN NFL Insider, the Indianapolis Colts Rob Chudzinski is being considered as the next San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator along with former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis:
The San Francisco 49ers recently promoted their former defensive line coach, Jim Tomsula, as their new head coach. Of course, Tomsula will occupy the position previously held by Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula apparently likes both Chudzinski and Weis, and they are the frontrunners for the offensive coordinator vacancy according to league circles.
Rob Chudzinski, Special Assistant to the Head Coach and former Cleveland Browns Head Coach, talks with Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton during practice at the Colts facility on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (Photo: Matt Detrich/The Star)
It’s the first news that we’ve heard of interest in Chudzinski, who is currently the special assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano. While we’ve heard of interest in the Colts current offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton, there has been little to no action on Chudzinksi according to reports.
With over 20 years of professional and collegiate experience, Chudzinski has a wide array of football knowledge. Before joining the Colts this season, he served as the Cleveland Browns head coach in 2013. If Hamilton were to leave for a head coaching job, he was thought to be the heavy favorite to replace him as Colts’ offensive coordinator. However, it looks as though Chudzinski may be a new offensive coordinator elsewhere all together.
Among his strengths, Chudzinksi is known for being somewhat of a tight end guru. Having played collegiately as a tight end while at the University of Miami and later serving as a tight ends coach, he’s well versed in the nuances of the position. Several NFL tight ends have enjoyed some of their best years under Chudzinksi’s tutelage, including Antonio Gates, Kellen Winslow Jr., Greg Olsen, and Jordan Cameron:
The Indianapolis Colts tight ends have undergone breakout seasons as well with Chudzinski’s guidance this season. Dwayne Allen has 29 receptions for 395 receiving yards and a tied-team high 8 touchdowns, while Coby Fleener has 51 receptions for 774 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns (tied with Allen). Chudzinski’s loss to the Colts’ coaching staff would appear to be significant, especially to the team’s tight end production.
Oct 9, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener (80) celebrates with tight end Dwayne Allen (83) after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports