Colts special assistant to the head coach Rob Chudzinski has been getting quite a bit of attention. According to various reports, the St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, and San Francisco 49ers all have requested permission to interview Chudzinski for their offensive coordinator openings.
But, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Chudzinski won't be interviewing for any of those jobs. And that's because the Colts are blocking him from interviewing for other team's offensive coordinator openings.
The #Colts are blocking offensive assistant Rob Chudzinski from all of his interview requests. They want to keep him, he helps immensely— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 21, 2015
What do I make of the Colts blocking Rob Chudzinski from interviewing for other team's offensive coordinator positions? It makes me think even more that he's the guy who will eventually replace Pep Hamilton as the Colts' offensive coordinator. It's looking very, very likely that Hamilton will be back in 2015 for his third season in charge of the Colts' offense, but it's only a matter of time until he's a head coach. Though it won't happen this offseason, it's likely that it could next offseason, and so the Colts blocking Chudzinski from interviewing for the position with other teams makes me think they want him as Hamilton's replacement when the current offensive coordinator were to leave.
Either way, it's clear that the Colts really value their special assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano, who has helped the team in a number of roles this year. And it's looking like they'll be bringing him back next year, as they're blocking him from interviewing for other team's offensive coordinator openings.
[UPDATE:] Well this is an interesting development… while the Colts are blocking Chudzinski from interviewing with teams right now, his contract expires in a week, so they won't be able to then. So, in other words, stay tuned.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Some clarification on Chudzinski. Colts have denied permission now but they can't in a week when his contract is up. So he could still b ...</p>— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) <a href="https://twitter.com/jthom1/status/557974262435549186">January 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>