One name we haven't heard a lot about this season from the Colts has been Rob Chudzinski, a special assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano. According to a report from Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, Chudzinski is the favorite for the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator position.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hearing Colts special assistant to HC Rob Chudzinski is the most likely <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/49ers?src=hash">#49ers</a> target of the OC candidates I mentioned earlier this morning.</p>— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaioccoCSN/status/555772368161755137">January 15, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Maiocco mentioned a couple of names for the position, such as Chudzinski, Marc Trestman, Bill Callahan, and Adam Gase, but he has since updated this to say that Gase to the 49ers will not happen and that the 49ers have not contacted Callahan while adding that Chudzinski is the favorite and that the 49ers will target him for the job.
Chudzinski has held a number of roles, including two as offensive coordinator: with the Cleveland Browns from 2007-2008 and from 2011-2012 he served as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. In 2013, he was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and went 4-12 but was abruptly and surprisingly fired following the season. He knew Chuck Pagano well and so the Colts head coach brought him in this season as a special assistant to the head coach.
His role has been largely undefined and he has really been behind the scenes, but he's been doing a lot of various roles for the Colts - whether it be be help with game planning, advice on opponents, game day help for Pagano, or more, Chudzinski has been helping, particularly on the offensive side of the football. You can read what others (including myself!) had to say about Chudzinksi over at Niners Nation as they put together a scouting report on him.
When Chudzinski was hired last offseason we all knew that it was a one year thing, though many thought he would be the replacement to Pep Hamilton if Pep left to be a head coach, so bringing him in for a year beforehand looked like a good idea. Now, however, it seems like Hamilton might be staying (as the two teams that requested to interview him, the Raiders and the Bills, have both hired other coaches), and that likely means that Chudzinski will be leaving. According to a report from CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, it sounds like that destination might be as the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator on new head coach Jim Tomsula's staff.