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The Suburbanite
  • Browns notebook: Turner's apprentice now his boss

  • Rob Chudzinski was Norv Turner’s tight ends coach in San Diego in 2009 and 2010. Turner hired Chudzinski after the latter was a Cleveland coordinator in 2007 and ’08.

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  • Rob Chudzinski was Norv Turner’s tight ends coach in San Diego in 2009 and 2010. Turner hired Chudzinski after the latter was a Cleveland coordinator in 2007 and ’08.
    “I made him assistant head coach,” Turner said. “He helped me with a lot of the things you do as a head coach, and he brought a lot of things that I had not been exposed to offensively that we kind of tied together with what we were doing.
    “That first year he was with us, we were 13-3 and we were a very, very productive offense. We were in the top five in big plays. The second year, we were first in the league in total offense and again, we were in the top four or five in terms of big plays.”
    Turner will call plays for Chudzinski in Cleveland, partly because Turner wants to, but also because Chudzinski will be busy with other things.
    “A head coach can get spread thin real fast,” Turner said.
    More from Turner
    Turner’s takes on:
    • Colt McCoy: “I am familiar with Colt. I watched him come out, watched him play when he played for Cleveland. He brings a different style than maybe Brandon. He’s been a productive player when he’s played.”
    • His first impression of the Browns’ offense when he was San Diego’s head coach: “I thought the offensive line was a good offensive line.”
    • The read-option: “The read-option and the style of offense that some of these teams are doing now, I think it’s going to be in the league for a long time. I think defenses will get better at defending it, and you may not see the explosive big plays out of it like you saw in two or three of those games. It’s very successful in college and the college defenses have gotten better at defending it, but they certainly aren’t stopping it.”
    • A 10-day vacation in Hawaii after getting fired: “There came a time when it felt like I had been gone a month.”