Rob Chudzinski: He's a sounding board and I can bounce ideas off him
Posted by: Chris Vannini on January 23, 2013
Two years ago, Rob Chudzinski was working under Norv Turner as the tight ends / assistant head coach with the San Diego Chargers.
On Wednesday, the positions were reversed, as Turner was introduced as the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator under Chudzinski.
The familiarity was a key factor in the decision for Chudzinski to hire Turner. The first-year head coach now has a coordinator with a strong offensive track record, as well as head coaching experience that can help Chudzinski.
"Our offensive philosophies, knowing and working with him, mesh very well, Chudzinski said. "I'm excited about us working together and pulling from things that I've done in the last few year's and what Norv's done and putting together the Browns offense.
"Obviously, with my relationship with Norv, he'll be extremely valuable with his experiences as a head coach, me having a sounding board with somebody with that kind of experience. It's 20 feet down the hall, I can pop in his office and bounce things off of (him)."
Chudzinksi said he and Turner have known each other for 20 years.
Now, Turner is coming from San Diego, where comfortable weather made it easier to pass the ball. It's not typically balmy in Cleveland, but Turner doesn't believe there will be too much problem passing the ball with the Browns. He did say, however, it's too early to name last season's starter, Brandon Weeden, the starter for 2013.
"Some of our best passing games have come in the real cold, what people think are tougher conditions to play in," Turner said. "The day we were here, I don't think either team was going to make many plays. It was cold and windy and very rainy. That's why we talked about being a physical team and being a complete team so if you're in the conditions where you are not going to make a lot of big plays, being more of a high-percentage team and run the football.
"You look at the games played this past weekend and games that were played in the weather, I didn't see a limit of big plays or production offensively. I've never felt - other than when it gets real rainy and windy - that it limits you. In fact, some of the big passing games I've been involved with have been in the cold. "
You can watch Turner's press conference by clicking here.
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