Diverse backgrounds highlight coaching staff

Posted by Vic Carucci on February 13, 2013 – 12:03 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

Rob Chudzinski has taken a major first step as head coach of the Browns by completing his staff.

And we’re not just talking about the highlight hires, such as offensive coordinator Norv Turner and defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

We’re talking about putting in place all of his 20 assistants, including three holdovers from Pat Shurmur’s staff: special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, offensive line coach George Warhop, and special teams assistant Shawn Mennenga.

It is no easy task, and by most accounts, Chudzinski has done it well.

He has acquired plenty experience. Counting Chudzinski, members of the Browns’ staff have an average of more than nine years as NFL coaches.

He also has brought aboard plenty of diversity, with a mix of older and younger coaches from various backgrounds in the college and NFL ranks as coaches and/or former players.

“I wanted to get great teachers, to get the best people that I could fit the philosophy, going forward, that we want to have,” Chudzinski told me on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford.” “I wanted to get a diverse group … guys that have some different experiences, some guys that have been in the pros, some guys that have been in college, guys that have been NFL players before, some younger guys, some guys that have more experience.

“I think it’s a real good mix. That brings a lot of things to the table in terms of ideas.”

The primary reason Chudzinski sought coaches with a wide variety of backgrounds is so that there will be a healthy exchange of thoughts in the meeting room as the playbook and game plans are assembled, and personnel decisions are made.

“You don’t want a lot of people in the room who just nod their heads and never have opinions on things,” Chudzinski said. “And, then, ultimately you have to be on the same page together. So there may be disagreements, there may be differences of opinion, but at the end of the day, we’re coming out and this is the way we’re going to do it, the Browns way.”

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