September 2, 2014

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Former Browns coach Rob Chudzinski hired by Colts as special assistant

Rob Chudzinski

Rob Chudzinski

Rob Chudzinski wasn’t without a job for long.

Chudzinski, fired by the Browns on Dec. 29 after one season as head coach, was named special assistant to Colts coach Chuck Pagano on Saturday.

“Rob and I have a long professional relationship and his résumé speaks for itself,” Pagano said in a statement announcing the move. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and will be a tremendous help to our entire team moving forward. Needless to say, we’re excited to have ‘Chud’ joining our family.”

Chudzinski and Pagano go way back.

Pagano was a graduate assistant at the University of Miami during Chudzinski’s freshman year in 1986. They coached together with the Hurricanes from 1995-2000 and spent 2004 on Butch Davis’ staff with the Browns.

Chudzinski grew up a Browns fan and realized a lifelong dream when he was hired as head coach in January 2013. After a solid start to the season, the Browns lost their last seven games and 10 of the final 11 to finish 4-12.

He was fired hours after the finale. Mike Pettine was hired Jan. 23 to replace him.

The Browns reportedly owe Chudzinski $10.5 million for the final three years of his contract. His deal with the Colts could be subtracted from that, but only if the special assistant title qualifies in the offset language of his contract with the Browns. If not, he could “double dip” and be paid by both organizations.

Chudzinski’s background is as an offensive coach and he has been a coordinator for multiple teams, including the Browns. He will be reunited with Colts running back Trent Richardson, who was traded from Cleveland in Week 3 of last season.

The Browns will host the Colts next season.