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Chud signs extension

Zac Jackson, Staff Writer


The Browns furthered their commitment to continuity Monday by signing offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski to a two-year contract extension through the 2011 season.

Chudzinski came back to the Browns last January and last fall called the plays for an offense that went from the bottom of the NFL to the top ten in points scored and yards gained.

The league took notice. Chudzinski declined an opportunity to interview for the Ravens' vacant head coaching position over the weekend, opting instead to stay with the Browns.

"I would like to thank Ozzie Newsome and the Baltimore Ravens organization for considering me as a candidate for their head coaching position," Chudzinski said in a statement. "However, at this time it was the best decision for me both personally and professionally to stay in Cleveland and continue the rebuilding process with the Browns. I'm pleased with the progress we made as an offensive unit this season and I feel this team is headed in the right direction."

A Toledo native and lifelong Browns fan, Chudzinski was the team's tight ends coach in 2004. He held the same position with San Diego in 2005-06 before returning to the Browns 12 months ago.

In his first year calling plays at the NFL level -- he was the University of Miami's offensive coordinator in Kellen Winslow's three seasons there -- the Browns scored 402 points and racked up 5,621 net yards, both the third-highest in franchise history.

Braylon Edwards set the team mark for receiving yards (1,289) and touchdown receptions (16). For the first time in franchise history two receivers topped the 1,000-yard receiving mark as Edwards and Winslow (1,106) both accomplished this feat and Jamal Lewis rushed for 1,304 yards, seventh-highest in franchise annals.

Edwards is headed to the Pro Bowl; Derek Anderson, Eric Steinbach and Joe Thomas are first alternates.

"Rob did a really good job in his first year as offensive coordinator," Browns coach Romeo Crennel said. "He was knowledgeable with the system, had a good relationship with the players and I'm glad he will remain with the organization."

"Romeo and I felt it was important to keep Rob in place as offensive coordinator," general manager Phil Savage said. "He did a terrific job this year and we're looking forward to what this group can accomplish next season."