“Norv’s been one of the best play callers in the league for a long time,” Chudzinski said this morning as Turner was introduced to the media. “I have no doubt he will do a great job as the play caller.”
Chudzinski has declined to give an in-depth evaluation of quarterback Brandon Weeden, who started the first 15 games as a rookie in 2012. Chudzinski was asked if the team’s proceeding as if Weeden will be the starter in 2013.
“No. It’s premature to say any of that,” Chudzinski said. “Again, until we all get together, we get this staff set, we get a chance to sit down and talk through personnel and everybody’s on the same page with those things. And then there’s always you don’t know even watching tape necessarily how guys are.
“Sometimes guys will get out there and get in the system, maybe it’s a better fit, maybe you see some things that you didn’t see from tape, whether it’s game tape or practice tape. So you just never know. Like Norv mentioned before, there’s a lot of young guys and those young guys have a lot of growth potential and you have to see what they are when they get out there on the field.”
CEO Joe Banner and vice president of player personnel Michael Lombardi have also declined to give their opinion on Weeden. He completed 57 percent of his passes for 3,385 yards, 14 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and a 72.6 rating.
He went 5-10 as the starter, including a 7-6 win over Turner’s Chargers in terrible weather conditions. Turner wouldn’t give a detailed analysis of Weeden, but said he saw things he liked. Turner will coach the quarterbacks.
“He did good things in our game and good things in the games we watched before that,” said Turner, who hasn’t met Weeden. “And there are things Brandon can get a lot better at.
“He has a lot of the skill set we’re looking for. He certainly has a big arm.”
Turner and Chudzinski share an offensive philosophy that Turner described as power running with explosive plays downfield.
“I want to be an exciting team and one the fans love to watch,” he said.
Chudzinski and Turner have known each other for 20 years, and Turner hired him as an assistant in 2009 when he was head coach in San Diego. Turner said the relationship is why he took the job here despite interest from other teams.
“To me, this is incredible,” Turner said. “It’s an exciting opportunity for me.”