Rob Chudzinski: 'I had planned on calling plays'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on February 24, 2013
If there was one word to describe Rob Chudzinski's press conference at the NFL Combine, it's "excited."
He used that adjective perhaps more than any other word. As a kid who grew up in Toledo, Ohio, being the head coach of the Cleveland Browns was his wildest imagination.
"As a kid growing up being a huge Browns fan, this is a dream come true for me," Chudzinski said. "I'm excited about the group of people we've put together and are there. The structure, with Jimmy Haslam as the owner, I'm excited about our future. I'm excited about this position, being the head coach and being part of a management group for this organization to bring a winner to Cleveland.
"I'm excited and can't wait. The alarm doesn't have to go off for me to get up. I'm already excited to get going with the day."
Chudzinski was widely-lauded for his hire of former San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner as offensive coordinator. It was something Chudzinski was very cautious with when putting together a staff.
"I had planned on calling plays unless I could find somebody I trusted and had all the faith in the world. That guy is Norv Turner," Chudzinski said. "Having the opportunity to have Norv there, and the success he's had - you're talking about one of the best play-callers ever in football. I'm not that much of an ego guy that had to be in control and feel I had to call plays.
"I'll be involved in the offense. Certainly there will be times I make suggestions and talk those things through. If you do a good job with the game-planning part of it, the calls on game day are a lot easier and you know what's going on."
You can watch Chudzinski's interview by clicking here.
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