Coaches

Rob Chudzinski
Offensive Coordinator
College:
Miami (Fla.)
Hometown:
Toledo, OH
Experience:
14

Rob Chudzinski enters his fourth year with the Indianapolis Colts and second as offensive coordinator. He was named to the position on January 7, 2016 after serving as associate head coach in 2015 and special assistant to the head coach in 2014. Chudzinski also assumed control of the offensive coordinator duties on an interim basis midway through the 2015 campaign. He holds 23 years of coaching experience, including the previous 13 seasons in the NFL.

 

Last season, Chudzinski orchestrated one of the most productive offenses in the NFL. The Colts ranked in the top 10 in the league in numerous categories, including points scored (397, seventh), yards per game (364.4, 10th), passing yards per game (262.6, tied-fifth), first downs per game (21.9, tied-fifth), third down percentage (43.07, seventh), red zone percentage (66.04, fifth), goal to go percentage (82.76, sixth) and average time of possession (30:39, 10th). Under the guidance of Chudzinski, quarterback Andrew Luck established a new single-season career high in completion percentage (63.5). Luck also finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in passing yards (4,240, eighth), passing touchdowns (31, fifth) and quarterback rating (96.4, ninth). He registered five 300-yard passing games and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 13.

 

In 2016, running back Frank Gore rushed for 1,025 yards and four touchdowns, as he became the first Colts running back since Joseph Addai in 2007 to rush for 1,000 yards and the eighth running back in team history to accomplish the feat. He became the first running back at the age of 33 or older to rush for 1,000 yards since John Riggins in 1984 and just the fourth player overall.

 

Additionally, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton set new single-season career highs in receptions (91) and receiving yards (1,448) as he became the first Colts player to lead the NFL in receiving yards since Reggie Wayne in 2007. It marked just the eighth time in team history that a Colts player led the league in receiving. Hilton also added six receiving touchdowns while earning his third consecutive (2014-16) Pro Bowl nod. He registered his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season to join Marvin Harrison (eight) and Reggie Wayne (eight) as the only players in Colts history to post four or more such seasons.

 

In 2015, Chudzinski served as associate head coach and took over the offensive coordinator duties in Week 9. Despite having only five days to prepare for the Denver Broncos, the NFL’s No. 1 ranked defense, Chudzinski’s play calling helped the Colts defeat the eventual Super Bowl Champions, 27-24. Luck recorded his best game of the season as he completed 21-of-36 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns for a season-high 98.4 passer rating.

 

In the final eight games of the 2015 season when Chudzinski assumed offensive coordinator duties, he guided an offense that ranked second in the AFC in third down conversions (41.0 percent) as backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck assisted the team to a 5-3 record filling in for an injured Luck. The Colts finished the year with a league-leading six victories by backup quarterbacks and the team’s 5-3 record in the last eight games of the year ranked tied for fourth in the AFC. One of Chudzinski’s more impressive coaching performances came during the 2015 season finale. With Hasselbeck hurt, the Colts signed free agent quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley on Tuesday prior to the game against Tennessee. Chudzinski worked around the clock to get Freeman and Lindley up to speed as both would have roles in the contest. Freeman got the start and completed 15-of-28 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Lindley was responsible for the two-minute offense and led Indianapolis on an eight-play, 58-yard drive, which resulted in an Andre Johnson 18-yard touchdown reception to give the Colts a 20-14 halftime advantage. Lindley would finish the game 6-of-10 passing for 58 yards and one touchdown. The performance from both quarterbacks led to a victory and secured the team’s ninth consecutive win against the Titans.

 

Under the direction of Chudzinski in 2015, Gore totaled 260 carries for 967 yards and six touchdowns. His 967 rushing yards ranked third in the AFC and were the most by a Colts running back since 2007 (Joseph Addai, 1,072). Hilton registered his third-consecutive 1,000-yard season as he caught 69 passes for 1,124 yards and five touchdowns. Hilton was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl, and joined Marvin Harrison (eight) and Reggie Wayne (eight) as the only players in Colts history to post three or more 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

 

Chudzinski served as special assistant to the head coach in 2014 and provided input on both sides of the ball along with assisting Head Coach Chuck Pagano. He also helped with game management and handled special projects.

 

Chudzinski’s relationship with Pagano dates back to the University of Miami in 1986. Pagano was a graduate assistant during Chudzinski’s freshman year at the school. The two then coached the Hurricanes together from 1995-2000 prior to a stint with the Cleveland Browns in 2004.

 

In 2014, Chudzinski helped the Colts to their third consecutive 11-win season and second straight AFC South title. The team recorded a perfect 6-0 division record for the second straight year, marking the first time in franchise history they’ve accomplished the feat in back-to-back seasons. Indianapolis also won two postseason contests and reached the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 2009. Chudzinski assisted an offense that ranked first in the NFL in passing (305.9 ypg.) and passing touchdowns (42). The Colts ranked third in the league in total offense (406.6 ypg.), which was a 12-spot improvement from a No. 15 ranking in 2013 and ranked sixth in the NFL in scoring (28.6 ppg.), which was an eight-spot jump from the previous season. Defensively, Indianapolis improved in all three categories including total defense, rushing defense and passing defense.

 

In 2013, Chudzinski served as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland finished 18th in the NFL in total offense and 11th in passing yards, marking the highest ranking for the team dating back to 1991. The Browns also finished ninth in total defense, which was the highest ranking since 1994. Cleveland recorded 40.0 sacks as a team and tied for the league lead with 16 total players with a sack.

 

Chudzinski developed six Pro Bowlers and five Associated Press All-Pro selections in Cleveland including, TE-Jordan Cameron, WR-Josh Gordon, CB-Joe Haden, C-Alex Mack, T-Joe Thomas and S-T.J. Ward. Four of those players, Cameron, Gordon, Haden and Ward, were first-time Pro Bowl selections. Gordon became the first Browns player to lead the NFL in receiving yards (1,646). He played in just 14 games and also recorded the 10th-most receiving yards in a season in NFL history. Cameron posted career highs with 80 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. His receiving yards ranked second among NFL tight ends in 2013, while his receptions total ranked third.

 

Prior to joining the Browns, Chudzinski spent two years (2011-12) as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. In 2011, the team set club records for total yards (6,237) and first downs (345), one year after experiencing franchise lows in both categories. Carolina scored 48 touchdowns overall after recording 17 the year before his arrival. Chudzinski tutored quarterback Cam Newton, who became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards, while setting an NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 14 en route to being named the 2011 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Panthers also became the first team in NFL history with three 700-yard rushers in DeAngelo Williams (836), Jonathan Stewart (761) and Newton (706).

 

Chudzinski had two stints with the San Diego Chargers, where he served as the assistant head coach/tight ends from 2009-2010 and tight ends coach from 2005-06. He coached tight end Antonio Gates, who recorded both of his 1,000-yard receiving seasons under Chudzinski in 2005 and 2009. Chudzinski worked with a San Diego offense that led the NFL in total offense (395.6 ypg.) in 2010 and ranked fifth in the league in passing (271.1 ypg.) in 2009. In the two years combined, the Chargers ranked second in the NFL in points per game (28.0) and fourth in the league in overall touchdowns (102).

 

From 2007-08, Chudzinski served as offensive coordinator of the Browns. In 2007, Cleveland scored 402 points and tallied 5,621 yards of total offense, both of which ranked as the third-most in franchise history. In addition, the team tied for seventh in the NFL in touchdowns and eighth in total offense after finishing 30th and 31st, respectively, the year prior.

 

Chudzinski began his NFL coaching career in 2004 as the Browns tight ends coach, where he worked with first-round draft choice Kellen Winslow. During the season, he was elevated to offensive coordinator for the final five games following Butch Davis’ resignation as head coach.

 

From 1994-2003, Chudzinski coached at his alma mater, the University of Miami (Fla.). He spent two seasons (1994-95) as a graduate assistant, five (1996-2000) as tight ends coach and three (2001-03) as offensive coordinator. During his three seasons as offensive coordinator, the Hurricanes compiled a record of 35-3, set numerous offensive school records and played in a BCS Bowl Game every year, including two National Championship appearances. Chudzinski helped shape several future NFL Pro Bowlers, including Bubba Franks, Frank Gore, Andre Johnson, Willis McGahee, Bryant McKinnie, Clinton Portis, Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow.

 

Chudzinski played tight end at Miami from 1986-1990. He was a three-year starter and a member of two national championship teams (1987 and 1989). He graduated with a B.A. in business administration in 1990 and went on to earn his MBA in 1996.

 

In 2015, Chudzinski was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. His class was comprised of two-time Olympic medalist Lauryn Williams as well as football stars Jonathan Vilma, Kevin Patrick, Rusty Medearis, Winston Moss and the late Sean Taylor among others.

 

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Chudzinski and his wife, Sheila, have three sons, Kaelan, Rian and Declan, and one daughter, Margaret.

 

Coaching Career

1994-1995       University of Miami (Fla.)        Graduate Assistant

1996-2000       University of Miami (Fla.)        Tight Ends

2001-2003       University of Miami (Fla.)        Offensive Coordinator

2004                Cleveland Browns                   Tight Ends/Interim Offensive Coordinator (five

games)

2005-2006       San Diego Chargers               Tight Ends

2007-2008       Cleveland Browns                   Offensive Coordinator

2009-2010       San Diego Chargers               Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends

2011-2012       Carolina Panthers                   Offensive Coordinator

2013                Cleveland Browns                   Head Coach

2014                Indianapolis Colts                    Special Assistant to the Head Coach

2015                Indianapolis Colts                    Associate Head Coach

2016-2017       Indianapolis Colts                    Offensive Coordinator

Rob Chudzinski enters his fourth year with the Indianapolis Colts and second as offensive coordinator. He was named to the position on January 7, 2016 after serving as associate head coach in 2015 and special assistant to the head coach in 2014. Chudzinski also assumed control of the offensive coordinator duties on an interim basis midway through the 2015 campaign. He holds 23 years of coaching experience, including the previous 13 seasons in the NFL.

 

Last season, Chudzinski orchestrated one of the most productive offenses in the NFL. The Colts ranked in the top 10 in the league in numerous categories, including points scored (397, seventh), yards per game (364.4, 10th), passing yards per game (262.6, tied-fifth), first downs per game (21.9, tied-fifth), third down percentage (43.07, seventh), red zone percentage (66.04, fifth), goal to go percentage (82.76, sixth) and average time of possession (30:39, 10th). Under the guidance of Chudzinski, quarterback Andrew Luck established a new single-season career high in completion percentage (63.5). Luck also finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in passing yards (4,240, eighth), passing touchdowns (31, fifth) and quarterback rating (96.4, ninth). He registered five 300-yard passing games and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 13.

 

In 2016, running back Frank Gore rushed for 1,025 yards and four touchdowns, as he became the first Colts running back since Joseph Addai in 2007 to rush for 1,000 yards and the eighth running back in team history to accomplish the feat. He became the first running back at the age of 33 or older to rush for 1,000 yards since John Riggins in 1984 and just the fourth player overall.

 

Additionally, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton set new single-season career highs in receptions (91) and receiving yards (1,448) as he became the first Colts player to lead the NFL in receiving yards since Reggie Wayne in 2007. It marked just the eighth time in team history that a Colts player led the league in receiving. Hilton also added six receiving touchdowns while earning his third consecutive (2014-16) Pro Bowl nod. He registered his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season to join Marvin Harrison (eight) and Reggie Wayne (eight) as the only players in Colts history to post four or more such seasons.

 

In 2015, Chudzinski served as associate head coach and took over the offensive coordinator duties in Week 9. Despite having only five days to prepare for the Denver Broncos, the NFL’s No. 1 ranked defense, Chudzinski’s play calling helped the Colts defeat the eventual Super Bowl Champions, 27-24. Luck recorded his best game of the season as he completed 21-of-36 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns for a season-high 98.4 passer rating.

 

In the final eight games of the 2015 season when Chudzinski assumed offensive coordinator duties, he guided an offense that ranked second in the AFC in third down conversions (41.0 percent) as backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck assisted the team to a 5-3 record filling in for an injured Luck. The Colts finished the year with a league-leading six victories by backup quarterbacks and the team’s 5-3 record in the last eight games of the year ranked tied for fourth in the AFC. One of Chudzinski’s more impressive coaching performances came during the 2015 season finale. With Hasselbeck hurt, the Colts signed free agent quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley on Tuesday prior to the game against Tennessee. Chudzinski worked around the clock to get Freeman and Lindley up to speed as both would have roles in the contest. Freeman got the start and completed 15-of-28 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Lindley was responsible for the two-minute offense and led Indianapolis on an eight-play, 58-yard drive, which resulted in an Andre Johnson 18-yard touchdown reception to give the Colts a 20-14 halftime advantage. Lindley would finish the game 6-of-10 passing for 58 yards and one touchdown. The performance from both quarterbacks led to a victory and secured the team’s ninth consecutive win against the Titans.

 

Under the direction of Chudzinski in 2015, Gore totaled 260 carries for 967 yards and six touchdowns. His 967 rushing yards ranked third in the AFC and were the most by a Colts running back since 2007 (Joseph Addai, 1,072). Hilton registered his third-consecutive 1,000-yard season as he caught 69 passes for 1,124 yards and five touchdowns. Hilton was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl, and joined Marvin Harrison (eight) and Reggie Wayne (eight) as the only players in Colts history to post three or more 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

 

Chudzinski served as special assistant to the head coach in 2014 and provided input on both sides of the ball along with assisting Head Coach Chuck Pagano. He also helped with game management and handled special projects.

 

Chudzinski’s relationship with Pagano dates back to the University of Miami in 1986. Pagano was a graduate assistant during Chudzinski’s freshman year at the school. The two then coached the Hurricanes together from 1995-2000 prior to a stint with the Cleveland Browns in 2004.

 

In 2014, Chudzinski helped the Colts to their third consecutive 11-win season and second straight AFC South title. The team recorded a perfect 6-0 division record for the second straight year, marking the first time in franchise history they’ve accomplished the feat in back-to-back seasons. Indianapolis also won two postseason contests and reached the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 2009. Chudzinski assisted an offense that ranked first in the NFL in passing (305.9 ypg.) and passing touchdowns (42). The Colts ranked third in the league in total offense (406.6 ypg.), which was a 12-spot improvement from a No. 15 ranking in 2013 and ranked sixth in the NFL in scoring (28.6 ppg.), which was an eight-spot jump from the previous season. Defensively, Indianapolis improved in all three categories including total defense, rushing defense and passing defense.

 

In 2013, Chudzinski served as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland finished 18th in the NFL in total offense and 11th in passing yards, marking the highest ranking for the team dating back to 1991. The Browns also finished ninth in total defense, which was the highest ranking since 1994. Cleveland recorded 40.0 sacks as a team and tied for the league lead with 16 total players with a sack.

 

Chudzinski developed six Pro Bowlers and five Associated Press All-Pro selections in Cleveland including, TE-Jordan Cameron, WR-Josh Gordon, CB-Joe Haden, C-Alex Mack, T-Joe Thomas and S-T.J. Ward. Four of those players, Cameron, Gordon, Haden and Ward, were first-time Pro Bowl selections. Gordon became the first Browns player to lead the NFL in receiving yards (1,646). He played in just 14 games and also recorded the 10th-most receiving yards in a season in NFL history. Cameron posted career highs with 80 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. His receiving yards ranked second among NFL tight ends in 2013, while his receptions total ranked third.

 

Prior to joining the Browns, Chudzinski spent two years (2011-12) as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. In 2011, the team set club records for total yards (6,237) and first downs (345), one year after experiencing franchise lows in both categories. Carolina scored 48 touchdowns overall after recording 17 the year before his arrival. Chudzinski tutored quarterback Cam Newton, who became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards, while setting an NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 14 en route to being named the 2011 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Panthers also became the first team in NFL history with three 700-yard rushers in DeAngelo Williams (836), Jonathan Stewart (761) and Newton (706).

 

Chudzinski had two stints with the San Diego Chargers, where he served as the assistant head coach/tight ends from 2009-2010 and tight ends coach from 2005-06. He coached tight end Antonio Gates, who recorded both of his 1,000-yard receiving seasons under Chudzinski in 2005 and 2009. Chudzinski worked with a San Diego offense that led the NFL in total offense (395.6 ypg.) in 2010 and ranked fifth in the league in passing (271.1 ypg.) in 2009. In the two years combined, the Chargers ranked second in the NFL in points per game (28.0) and fourth in the league in overall touchdowns (102).

 

From 2007-08, Chudzinski served as offensive coordinator of the Browns. In 2007, Cleveland scored 402 points and tallied 5,621 yards of total offense, both of which ranked as the third-most in franchise history. In addition, the team tied for seventh in the NFL in touchdowns and eighth in total offense after finishing 30th and 31st, respectively, the year prior.

 

Chudzinski began his NFL coaching career in 2004 as the Browns tight ends coach, where he worked with first-round draft choice Kellen Winslow. During the season, he was elevated to offensive coordinator for the final five games following Butch Davis’ resignation as head coach.

 

From 1994-2003, Chudzinski coached at his alma mater, the University of Miami (Fla.). He spent two seasons (1994-95) as a graduate assistant, five (1996-2000) as tight ends coach and three (2001-03) as offensive coordinator. During his three seasons as offensive coordinator, the Hurricanes compiled a record of 35-3, set numerous offensive school records and played in a BCS Bowl Game every year, including two National Championship appearances. Chudzinski helped shape several future NFL Pro Bowlers, including Bubba Franks, Frank Gore, Andre Johnson, Willis McGahee, Bryant McKinnie, Clinton Portis, Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow.

 

Chudzinski played tight end at Miami from 1986-1990. He was a three-year starter and a member of two national championship teams (1987 and 1989). He graduated with a B.A. in business administration in 1990 and went on to earn his MBA in 1996.

 

In 2015, Chudzinski was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. His class was comprised of two-time Olympic medalist Lauryn Williams as well as football stars Jonathan Vilma, Kevin Patrick, Rusty Medearis, Winston Moss and the late Sean Taylor among others.

 

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Chudzinski and his wife, Sheila, have three sons, Kaelan, Rian and Declan, and one daughter, Margaret.

 

Coaching Career

1994-1995       University of Miami (Fla.)        Graduate Assistant

1996-2000       University of Miami (Fla.)        Tight Ends

2001-2003       University of Miami (Fla.)        Offensive Coordinator

2004                Cleveland Browns                   Tight Ends/Interim Offensive Coordinator (five

games)

2005-2006       San Diego Chargers               Tight Ends

2007-2008       Cleveland Browns                   Offensive Coordinator

2009-2010       San Diego Chargers               Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends

2011-2012       Carolina Panthers                   Offensive Coordinator

2013                Cleveland Browns                   Head Coach

2014                Indianapolis Colts                    Special Assistant to the Head Coach

2015                Indianapolis Colts                    Associate Head Coach

2016-2017       Indianapolis Colts                    Offensive Coordinator