After his coaching contract expired earlier this week, it looked as though the Indianapolis Colts Rob Chudzinski would be possibly interviewing for vacant offensive coordinator positions with the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams. Interviews that the Colts organization had previously blocked when he was under contract. However, it looks as though Chudzinski will be staying in Indianapolis for the foreseeable future, as he was promoted to “Associate Head Coach” today.
Having spent last season as a Special Assistant to Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano, Chudzinski was a hot commodity on this year’s coaching market for potential offensive coordinator positions. He previously served as the head coach to the Cleveland Browns in 2013 before joining the Colts coaching staff this past season, Chudzinski brings over 20 years of professional and collegiate coaching experience. However, he’s most known for his unique ability to maximize the production of his tight ends in the receiving game:
"“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.”"
Just this past season, the Indianapolis Colts tight ends enjoyed career seasons, as both Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener had 8 touchdowns each. The 1st tight end duo to do so in NFL history. Fleener added 51 receptions for 774 receiving yards, while Allen had 29 receptions for 395 receiving yards.
It looks as though San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is going to be particularly upset, as he was hoping to bounce back after a tough offensive season with Chudzinski as his new offensive coordinator. He previously wrote, “All I want for Christmas… is to meet #robchudzinski #OC” on his Instagram.