Colts OC Believes Chudzinski Will Help

INDIANAPOLIS – There were some eyebrows raised when the Indianapolis Colts added former Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski to their staff in February.

Chudzinski has an extensive offensive background, but the Colts already have Pep Hamilton as their offensive coordinator.

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano cleared the air on it during the NFL combine in late February.

"Pep's our offensive coordinator, period," Grigson said at the time. "You know those questions are going to come. We talked to Pep. Chuck talked to Pep. It comes from a comfort standpoint where Chuck has known Chud and what he's made of forever. Here's a guy that has head coaching on his résumé."

Hamilton said Chudzinski, who spent two seasons as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, will only help them.

"We haven’t had much time to talk ball," Hamilton said. "He’s busy getting comfortable in his new role with Chuck. It’s one of those deals where we have a veteran offensive staff and we were able to accomplish a lot as a unit last year and we’re going to build on what we started before. I think when the time comes about we can pick his brain on some things that will help us."

Chudzinski was fired after one season in Cleveland after the Browns went 4-12 last season. You can expect the Colts coaching staff to spend a lot of time talking to Chudzinski about the AFC North since that's the division they face this season.

"He’s got that experience," Hamilton said. "He coached against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens and those teams last year."

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