The Indianapolis Colts announced Saturday that they hired former Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski as special assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano.
Chudzinski and Pagano have worked together in the college and NFL ranks for eight seasons. Pagano served as a graduate assistant at Miami during Chudzinski's freshman year at the school in 1986. They then were assistant coaches with the Hurricanes from 1995-2000 and spent the 2004 season with the Cleveland Browns.
"Rob and I have a long professional relationship and his resume speaks for itself," Pagano said in a statement. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and will be a tremendous help to our entire team moving forward. Needless to say, we're excited to have 'Chud' joining our family."
Chudzinski has 20 years of coaching experience, including the last 10 seasons in the NFL. He most recently coached the Browns for one season in 2013. He was let go after the team finished 4-12.
Before joining the Browns, Chudzinski spent two years (2011-12) as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. He had two stints with the San Diego Chargers. He served as their assistant head coach/tight ends (2009-2010) and tight ends coach (2005-06). In between, he was the Browns' offensive coordinator.
Chudzinski began his NFL coaching career in 2004 as the Browns' tight ends coach.
From 1994-2003, Chudzinski coached at Miami. He spent two seasons as a graduate assistant, five as tight ends coach and three as offensive coordinator.