Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – First time head coach Rob Chudzinski will hand the keys to the offense over to his offensive coordinator on game days.
Former San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner will call the plays on Sundays Chudzinski announced as he introduced Turner Wednesday morning.
“With Norv here, there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll do a great job as the play caller,” Chudzinski said. “Certainly, I will oversee it and be involved in suggesting or calling it at times. But that process is a fluid process
“Norv’s been one of the best play callers in the league for a long time. I have no doubt he will do a great job as the play caller.”
Chudzinski added that although he has an offensive background, he wants to be able to give equal focus to the defense and special teams during the week as well as on Sundays.
“One of the things as a head coach that I want to be careful of is to be classified as an ‘offensive guy,’” Chudzinski said. “I’m the head coach of the football team, and being involved with everybody in all those different phases on a day-to-day basis is important in shaping the direction we want to go.”
Turner said he’s excited about the opportunity to come to Cleveland and coach a young offense including quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson.
“To me, this is incredible,” Turner said. “It’s an exciting opportunity for me.”
Turner’s vision is to turn the Browns’ offense into a big play, high scoring machine.
“You want to be a team that’s exciting,” Turner said. “You want to be a team that’s fun to watch. To do that you have to score points.”
Chudzinski and Turner also said that it’s premature to assume that Weeden will be the starter heading into the 2013 season because there is a lot of evaluation to be done.
“He did good things in our game and good things in the games we watched before that,” Turner said. “And there are things Brandon can get a lot better at.
“He has a lot of the skill set we’re looking for. He certainly has a big arm.”
Chudzinski added 3 more coaches to his staff on Tuesday but he will not hire a quarterbacks coach. Turner will handle those duties as well.
“Based on his history and the great quarterbacks he’s been around and developed through the years, I think that will be a real asset for us,” Chudzinski said.