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                === Browns bring in Chudzinski as head coach ===
 
 Cleveland,  OH  (Sports Network) - The  Cleveland Browns have hired their next
 head coach in Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.
 
 Chudzinski becomes the Browns' sixth head coach since 1999, the previous  two
 lasting only two years. After finishing a disappointing 5-11 campaign this
 past season, the team fired Pat Shurmur after he went 9-23 in his two years at
 the helm.
 
 Chudzinski  has had  two previous  stints in  the Browns'  organization, first
 serving  as tight  ends coach in 2004 and as offensive coordinator in 2007-08.
 After  the second  stint, the Toledo, Ohio-native spent two years as assistant
 head  coach  of the San  Diego Chargers under head  coach Norv Turner, who the
 Cleveland Plain Dealer reports may join Chudzinski's staff in the near future.
 
 In  his first  season as  Panthers offensive  coordinator in  2011, Chudzinski
 directed  an offense that a set team record for total yards and had the second
 most touchdowns in franchise history.
 
 Chudzinski was an assistant coach at his alma mater -- the University of Miami
 -- from 1994-2003.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 01/10 23:54:23 ET