Rob Chudzinski will lead the Browns into battle on Thursday against the St. Louis Rams, beginning the competitive portion of the head coaching job he’s called a “dream come true.”
Chudzinski is returning for his third coaching job with the Browns. He started his NFL coaching career in 2004 as the Cleveland tight ends coach and served as interim offensive coordinator for five games.
After spending two years as the San Diego Chargers’ head coach, Chudzinski served as the Browns’ offensive coordinator for two years. His 2007 offense ran the best Browns offense in terms of accumulating yards and points since the team returned in 1999.
Chudzinski spent two more years in San Diego and then two as the Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator before returning to Cleveland to lead the Browns.
Norv Turner will serve as the Browns’ offense coordinator after six years as the head coach of the Chargers. He posted a 59-43 record and racked up three division titles. Turner has also been the head coach of the Washington Redskins (1994-2000) and Oakland Raiders (2004-05).
His assistants include Jon Embree (tight ends), Jon Settle (running backs), Shane Steichen (quality control), Mike Sullivan (offensive line), Scott Turner (wide receivers) and George Warhop (offensive line).
Ray Horton is the new defensive coordinator of the Browns after holding that position for the last two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. His defense last year ranked in the top five in several categories, including passing defense and first downs allowed.
Horton played 10 years in the NFL as defensive back with Cincinnati and Dallas, reaching the Super Bowl with both teams.
He will be assisted by Louie Cioffi and Bobby Babich (defensive backs); Brian Baker and Ken Flajole (linebackers); Joe Cullen (defensive line) and Daron Roberts (quality control).
Steve Gera is a special assistant to the head coach. Chris Tabor serves as the Browns’ special teams coordinator, assisted by Shawn Mennenga. Brad Roll is the strength and conditioning coach, assisted by Chris DeSanto and Derik Keyes.
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