Chargers Head Coaching Search: Rob Chudzinski


Our head coaching candidates list can’t stop at the names Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden OR Jeff Fisher. Today we will check out one of the hot young coordinators in the league: Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

His name should sound familiar to Chargers fans, Chud held a coaching position here with the Bolts before Ron Rivera and the Carolina Panthers stole him away. He has helped groom rookie quarterback Cam Newton into a pretty good quarterback and the Carolina offense is finding ways to move that ball down the field. Steve Smith has resurrected his career with Chud at the helm.

“We don’t care how we move the ball. We could run a hundred times, we could pass a hundred times. We just want to get the ball in the end zone and move the football. I’m not going to say we’re going to score 60 points a game, but we’re sure going to try,” was a statement made by Chudzinski prior to Carolina’s first preseason game in August. – Phinsider.com

Chud uses the talent that he has available to him and puts them in positions in which they can succeed. He understands his players and uses them to the best of their abilities. With Carolina, he has opened up the field for Cam so that he can take advantage of his ability to scramble. Chud is not locked into a certain offensive style, he just wants to move the ball down the field.

We need that type of understanding of the roster on our side. We let Darren Sproles leave in free agency because Sproles didn’t look like he had anything left in the tank, but when he got to New Orleans, we see that we were just using him wrong. We can’t afford to let talent to be wasted.

Chud started out his coaching career with the University of Miami in 1994. In 2001 he was promoted as Offensive Coordinator and led the Hurricanes to their highest scoring output in history. He then topped that number the following year.

Chud then picked up a job in the NFL working with the Cleveland Browns. Remember a few years back when the Browns had QB Derek Anderson play out of his mind and make it to the Pro Bowl. The Browns went 10-6 that season and won the AFC North. Guess who the offensive coordinator on that team was? Chud.

Chud already knows the talent on the Chargers roster and the players already are familiar with him. If we are going to bring in an offensive mind to coach this team, he should be sitting at the top of the list. He will be the head coach of some team very soon and it could be here in San Diego.



  • JonVivian

    Please stop the Sproles “misused by San diego” b.s. it was a financial thing for the chargers. he is being used the exact same way in new orleans that he was here. He had a down year when he made BIG money, that’s it. Not “misused” by the bolts.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @JonVivian no way that sproles is being used the same exact way… do you see how many touches he gets in New Orleans. He lines up out wide all the time out there also. he was strictly a 3rd down back last year.

  • JonVivian

    It’s still the same way as ANY team would use him – you are just seeing him being used A LOT more in N.O. There is really only one way to use Sproles – so he won’t get killed.

    • @kencaminiti21

      @JonVivian Sproles was buried on the bench in San Diego. First behind LT and Turner (somewhat defensible) and then Matthews and Tolbert (completely indefensible). Realistically the Chargers should have never traded up for Matthews. They should have just drafted another RB late or sign a FA to compliment Sproles.

  • @kencaminiti21

    Coaching is a young man’s game. Instead of rolling out the retreads (i.e. Gruden, Cowher, Brian Billick, et al) I’d love it if the Chargers went for a young innovative guy with energy and desire to succeed like Chudzinski.

    Younger coaches coach like they have nothing to lose while older coaches worry too much about their legacy and how the media will perceive them. Chargers need to go with a younger guy like Chudzinski of Jay Gruden.

  • gambler1650

    Um, so let me get this straight.. Sproles not being used properly is the reason why Chudzinski is being proposed as a head coach for the Chargers.. Who was the offensive coordinator last season who didn’t use Sproles properly, which led to him being traded to New Orleans? I’ll wait a sec for it to click…

    Seriously, Chudzinski’s done a phenomenal job with Carolina and it may have taken a switch to a team where he had to evaluate everyone from scratch. The question is, would he do the same in San Diego where he would know some of the players. And drawing up an innovative game plan is a far cry from being a head coach. There have been other innovative and good coordinators who struggle as head coaches (Norv Turner, Dom Capers, etc).

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @gambler1650 what do you mean who was the offensive coordinator last year? its the same guy this year and that is just in title… its clarence shelmon. but the guy that makes the playcalls is still norv.

      either way, what offense was better? this year or last year?

  • wastedjp

    @OfficialGrustle yeah i think thats our guy for 2012