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In Turner's staff, Chudzinski is the go-to guy

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Kevin Acee
    September 13, 2009

    Tomorrow night will be the first real game in which Norv Turner has help from above from Rob Chudzinski.

    After four preseason games, training camp and this past week's preparations for the season opener, Turner believes his new assistant head coach has made the Chargers “more equipped” for success.

    At the very least, Turner has someone new to talk to and less to do.

    Wanting some assistance on a daily basis and to shake up and receive more input from his staff, Turner hired Chudzinski in February as assistant head coach and tight ends coach.

    Assistant head coach is something of a nebulous term, which can mean different things depending on the staff.

    “I'm just trying to do things to take some things off Norv's plate — administration things, organizational things, scheduling,” said Chudzinski, who was the offensive coordinator in Cleveland in 2007 and '08 after a two-year stint coaching tight ends for the Chargers.

    During games, Chudzinski joins linebackers coach John Pagano and offensive coordinator Clarence Shelmon in the coaches' booth. He and Shelmon will communicate with Turner via headset, with Shelmon mostly handling the running game and protection. That will allow quarterbacks coach John Ramsdell to be on the sideline, communicating more directly with Philip

    During the week, in addition to helping devise the daily schedules, Chudzinski is a contributor to the game plan, as Turner asks all of his offensive assistants to be.

    “It's a great process,” Chudzinski said. “We have a real open environment when we're game planning. Everyone is involved.”

    Said Turner: “Having Chud here has kind of stimulated everybody.”

    Big night for Ellisons

    As much as their football lives have been entwined, it would be nice if Keith Ellison could be on hand for his younger brother Kevin's rookie debut with the Chargers tomorrow night in Oakland. But Keith's going to be a little busy. He begins his fourth year as a linebacker with the Buffalo Bills, who also open tomorrow night against New England.

    “Playing on the same Monday night as your brother, that's pretty cool,” said Kevin Ellison, a backup at safety.

    Kevin, 22, out of USC, and Keith, 25, who played at San Diego State and Oregon State, were taken in the fifth round of their respective drafts. They both starred at Redondo Union High in Redondo Beach.

    The Ellison parents have chosen to attend Kevin's opener.

    “I say it's because they like me more, but I think it's because it's closer,” Kevin said.

    Nuts ‘n’ Bolts

    Defensive end Jacques Cesaire (calf) participated in practice, but was limited and is listed as questionable for the game. Left tackle Marcus McNeill (broken pinkie) practiced and is probable.
  2. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2005
    I believe Chudzinski was the guy that convinced Gates to sign with the Bolts.


    Nope, after further review, it was Tim Brewster.

    Still, Gates developed well under Chuds.

    :abq2: :abq1:
  3. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Chud will be a big help with game management, something that isn't Norv's strong suit.

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    Sounds like Norv knew he needed some help and went out a got it.
  5. ntman68

    ntman68 Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    What an unfortunate name...

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