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January 24, 2013 - Mike McLain
Adding Norv Turner as offensive coordinator for the Browns was a move that coach Rob Chudzinski shouldn't regret.
Turner has never had great success as a head coach (although he's been given three chances), but few doubt his skills as a coordinator. He's coached several talented players during his lengthy career, including, of late, LaDainian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates. He never had a problem getting production from any of them.
Turner's most-important contributions might be as an adviser to Chudzinski, who's never been a head coach on any level. The two have known each other for close to 20 years. They should be at the point where each is an open book to the other.
That can be invaluable for a rookie coach. There are so many demands on a coach's time that can suffocate him and keep him from concentrating on the details that really matter. Having someone like Turner around to guide Chudzinski through demanding times can only help.
It was good to see Chudzinski willingly hand the play-calling duties to Turner. Previous coach Pat Shurmur made the mistake of not hiring an offensive coordinator in his first season, which meant he was the primary play-caller. We all remember some of the foul-ups that ensued.
Chudzinski will undoubtedly have a major input on all things offense. He said play-calling with be a collaborative effort, which means that he will resort to executive privilege when he wants a certain call.
Chudzinski is off to a good start. He seems comfortable in his skin as coach, which was a problem with Shurmur. There were too many times when Shurmur appeared uncomfortable and combative in front of the media.
The best thing Chudzinski has done since being hired almost two weeks ago was adding Turner, who's almost like a big brother to him.
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