Former Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski today became the third candidate to interview at the team’s offices in
Colts receivers coach Clyde Christensen and former Rams coach Scott Linehan kicked off the formal interview process on Friday.
Chudzinski, 40, turned down an opportunity last year to interview for the Ravens head-coaching position when the Browns awarded him a lucrative contract extension. But new Browns coach Eric Mangini did not retain Chudzinski on his staff. Mangini replaces fired Romeo Crennel.
Chudzinski could bring the tight end back into the passing game for the 49ers. Vernon Davis was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2006 draft.
Chudzinski’s background is as a tight ends coach. He worked under coordinator Cam Cameron with the Chargers in 2005 and ’06. Tight end Antonio Gates was named to the Pro Bowl each of those seasons.
He also worked with Kellen Winslow at the
Prior to his arrival in the NFL with the Browns, Chudzinski spent a total of 10 seasons at
2007-08: Offensive coordinator,
2005-06: Tight ends, San Diego Chargers
2004: Tight ends/offensive coordinator,
2001-03: Offensive coordinator/tight ends,
1996-2000: Tight ends,
1994-95: Graduate assistant,
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Obviously, the interview yesterday with Christensen came out of nowhere. The big connection appears to be 49ers offensive line coach Chris Foerster. Christensen and Foerster overlapped eight seasons on Tony Dungy’s staffs with the Buccaneers and Colts. Foerster was added to the 49ers’ staff last offseason. He took over sole duties at line coach when George Warhop was fired along with coach Mike Nolan in October.
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