The Cleveland Browns could have hired someone with more head coaching experience. They could have hired someone with a bigger name. But after watching Rob Chudzinski's introductory news conference Friday, the Browns couldn't have hired someone with more passion for this team than the 44-year-old Panthers offensive coordinator.
Chudzinski grew up a Browns fan in Toledo Ohio. He pretended to be Ozzie Newsome and Brian Sipe while playing in the backyard. He wanted to be part of the Dawg Pound so badly that his family would put the television in the window so he could watch the games while standing outside in the snow.
"I have to admit that I have eaten a dog biscuit or two in my day," Chudzinski said.
Chudzinski described this as "a dream come true."
"The tradition of this franchise is such that the people here want a winner," he said. "I would not miss this for the world the opportunity to come back and bring a winner back to Cleveland."
The next step for Chudzinski is to assemble a coaching staff. He wouldn't comment on potential candidates for coordinators (Norv Turner is rumored for the offensive coordinator job) and declined to say whether any coaches from last year's staff will remain.
Chudzinski also wouldn't give his assessment of quarterback Brandon Weeden or any other players on the team. He said the decision on whether he will call plays will be determined by who he hires as his offensive coordinator.
When asked if he expected the Browns to be a winner in 2013, Chudzinski didn't offer any guarantees. "How soon that will be, time will tell," he said. "But it’s going to happen."
Chudzinski's vision for the Browns revolves around being aggressive.
"This team is going to be an attacking offense, attacking defense and going to play that style with physical play and great effort and great finish," Chudzinski said. "On both sides of the ball, we’re going to be built on a foundation of fundamentals and technique. We’re going to focus on innovation and give them the best possible schemes and pushing the envelope on those things to put them in the best possible position to win and be successful."