The Indianapolis Colts clearly liked their special assistant to the head coach this season, as they were denying interview requests from other teams who wanted to interview Rob Chudzinski for their offensive coordinator openings, such as the 49ers and Rams. But, while the Colts were not granting the interview requests, that only would last until Chud's contract expired this week. It was clear the Colts wanted to keep him around, and they've managed to do just that.
The Colts announced this morning that they have promoted Rob Chudzinski to Associate Head Coach, keeping him with the franchise.
"We’re excited to keep Chud in our family," head coach Chuck Pagano said, through a statement released by the Colts. "He’s been a critical part of our operation and we’re looking forward to sharing even more success in the future."
Last year, Chudzinski helped the Colts in a variety of areas, such as game planning, being a sounding board for other coaches to bounce ideas off of, and providing gameday help to Pagano. It's unclear what his new position entails, but assistant head coaches often are delegated tasks from the head coach. It remains to be seen if he'll be doing much different than he was a year ago, however, but he does have a new job title now that keeps him around.
Before coming to the Colts in 2014 as a special assistant to the head coach, Chudzinski was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for a year, going 4-12. He has also served as an NFL offensive coordinator with both the Browns (2007-2008) and the Panthers (2011-2012). He also held the title of assistant head coach, along with being the tight ends coach, with the Chargers (2009-2010).
Ultimately, this is a good move by the Colts to keep a coach that they clearly value.