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Thoughts on Browns' hiring of Chudzinski
January 11, 2013 - Zach Baker
The Browns hiring of Toledo native Rob Chudzinski is interesting for one major reason.
It's the first time I know of that someone who grew up a Browns fan is now a Browns' head coach.
So if nothing else, Chudzinski, possibly more than any other candidate for the job, understands what it means to coach of this team.
The hiring of Chudzinski tells me that Brandon Weeden can rest easy. He will be Cleveland's quarterback next year. As an offensive coordinator, Chud always preferred tall guys with big arms, and Weeden fits that bill, as Derek Anderson did before him.
And it's wonderful if Norv Turner becomes the Browns' offensive coordinator under Chudzinski. Personally, I've never been as down on Turner as a head coach as some others. But Turner is one of the great offensive coordinators of his time, helping to turn the Cowboys of the early 1990s into a dynasty.
My only problem with this hire is the potential changes on defense that could come from it. As a fan, I've always preferred the 4-3 to the 3-4. The Browns spent two years assembling young talent to play in that system, and the team's defense was solid, if not great, this year.
The rumors that the Browns may go back to the 3-4 is distressing, because it means the team could be starting over all over in 2012.
And despite a 5-11 record, that just isn't something that needs to be done.