Tag:Richie Brockel
Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:20 pm

Report: Jags contact Panthers about OC Chudzinski

By Will Brinson

Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski's probably the hottest coordinator name in the NFL right now and at least one team has contacted the Panthers to seek permission to speak with "Chud" about their open position, Ron Rivera confirmed on Monday.

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, that team is the Jaguars. Person also notes that Rivera intimated at his year-end press conference the possibility of getting Chudzinski a raise and an extension.

In 2011, the Panthers finished a shocking seventh in the NFL in total offense (389.8 yards per contest) after ranking 32nd in the NFL in offense in 2010, and won six games almost entirely on the strength of their offense and the amazing performance of rookie quarterback Cam Newton. Chud is getting the lion's share of the credit for Newton's success, and rightfully so.

Back when Jack Del Rio was fired, we listed Chudzinski as a possible candidate to fill JDR's shoes.

The logic is pretty obvious: Newton's quick adaptation undoubtedly is appealing to a team like Jacksonville, who struggled mightily on offense with rookie Blaine Gabbert (the second-rated quarterback, behind Newton, on most draft boards) at the helm.

The Jags were dead last in offense in the NFL in 2011, posting just 259.3 yards per game. The question will be whether or not the talent level in Jacksonville appeals to Chudzinski. As Panthers tight end Greg Olsen told Person, Chudzinski will become a head coach at some point "whether it's tomorrow or two years from now."

Gabbert's shown talent as a young quarterback, but he's clearly not the rarified athlete that Newton is. The Jaguars lack any wide receiver talent, although Marcedes Lewis could appeal to Chudzinski, who's shown an ability to develop tight ends since he was at Miami University.

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Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:23 pm

Panthers trick play inspired by 'Little Giants'

By Will Brinson

On Sunday, the Panthers ran what's commonly referred to as a "Fumblerooski," with Richie Brockel scoring an unlikely touchdown after Cam Newton handed him the ball between his legs and faked like he was running right. I joked at the time that it would be awesome if Rod Chudzinski would dial up "the Annexation of Puerto Rico" -- a play made famous from the movie "Little Giants" -- in the second half.

There was never any chance of that happening though, because as it turns out, the play in question already was inspired by the movie.

"Just so you know, the unofficial name – I don't know if you guys have ever seen the "Little Giants" – it's called the Annexation of Puerto Rico," Rivera said on Monday when asked about the trick play. "I've seen the movie a hundred times with my kids. They're grown up now.

"So last night we were talking about and they called it everything from the Chud-a-rooskie to the Mauler to what have you. Somebody said, 'Well, it's from the 'Little Giants.'"

For those that haven't seen "Little Giants," well, we're not friends. But you can watch the clip here.

The primary difference is that the Panthers didn't run a double-fake reverse in order to set the play up. And that they didn't need to go 99 yards to score. And Brockel didn't run head-first into the goalpost either.

But you get the point. This isn't the first trick play "Chud" dialed up recently -- a pass from Legadu Naanee to Newton for a touchdown against the Buccaneers two weeks ago also scored a touchdown.

Though it might cheese off fantasy owners of Newton, DeAngelo Williams and/or Jonathan Stewart, the innovation worked, and it's precisely why Carolina's been enjoyable to watch this season, as well as why Chudzinski's name is getting mentioned with head-coaching vacancies.

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:20 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 2:37 pm

VIDEO: Panthers score on a fumblerooski

By Will Brinson

If you think Panthers coordinator Rob Chudzinski isn't creative, think again -- he busted out a fumblerooski play against the Texans in the red zone, with the Panthers already up 14-0.

It's a pretty aggressive play considering that the Panthers have three guys with over 500 rushing yards on the season and Cam Newton is a beast in the red zone.

But that's precisely why this play worked -- the defense flooded towards Newton when he faked a run to the right, only to have Richie Brockel rumble in on the left side.

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