Browns offensive coordinator to interview for Ravens job
CLEVELAND -- Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who turned Cleveland's offense into one of the NFL's most potent attacks, will interview for the Baltimore Ravens coaching vacancy.
Browns general manager Phil Savage confirmed late Thursday night that the Browns had granted the Ravens' interview request.
It is not known when the 39-year-old Chudzinski will meet with the Ravens, who fired Brian Billick on Monday after a lackluster 5-11 season, his ninth in Baltimore.
Meanwhile, a Ravens official told The Batimore Sun Thursday that defensive coordinator Rex Ryan will meet with team officials on Sunday.
Chudzinski and Ryan are two of six candidates to audition for Ravens front-office officials over the ensuing week. They are joined by assistant head coaches Jim Caldwell of Indianapolis and Tony Sparano of Dallas , and offensive coordinators Josh McDaniels of New England and the Cowboys' Jason Garrett, as ESPN's Len Pasquarelli reports.
Under the 39-year-old Chudzinski, the Browns had two 1,000-yard receivers (Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Jamal Lewis). Quarterback Derek Anderson, who began the season as a backup, threw 29 touchdown passes.
The Browns averaged 25.1 points and 351.3 yards per game.
Chudzinski was San Diego's tight ends coach for two seasons before joining Romeo Crennel's staff last January. Cleveland's offense carried the Browns, who were coming off a 4-12 season, to a 10-6 record, and they barely missed making the AFC playoffs.
Chudzinski was Cleveland's tight ends coach in 2004 under Butch Davis. Before joining the Browns, he spent 10 seasons at the University of Miami, his alma mater, where he coached Winslow.