Panthers agree to deal with OC

01/17/2011 5:38 PM

01/17/2011 5:42 PM


The Carolina Panthers have made their offensive coordinator decision, and are now only waiting for a contract to be finalized.

The Panthers have agreed to a deal with former San Diego assistant head coach/tight ends Rob Chudzinski to be their new play-caller, according to two league sources.

They apparently aren't going to be adding UFL coach Jay Gruden, who interviewed here over the weekend.

Jim Gruden, the father of candidate Jay and former Bucs coach Jon, said that his son told him Monday he was out of the mix.

"He said it looked like they were going to hire the guy from San Diego," the elder Gruden said.

Chudzinski was the first choice of new coach Ron Rivera. The 42-year-old assistant has had stints as coordinator with the Cleveland Browns (2007-08, where he followed former Panthers OC Jeff Davidson) and at his alma mater, the University of Miami.

Chudzinski was a part of two national championships as a player, and coached three All-American tight ends (Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow).

In 2007, the Browns were eighth in the league in scoring, with quarterback Derek Anderson throwing for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns, with 19 interceptions. 

It also illustrates how circular the coaching business can be.

Chudzinski replaced Jeff Davidson as Browns offensive coordinator in 2007 and does the same thing here. Chudzinski was replaced in Cleveland by Brian Daboll. Daboll was just hired by Miami to replace Dan Henning, whom Davidson replaced here in 2007.

-- Darin Gantt



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