New Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner will handle the play-calling duties, coach Rob Chudzinski announced today during a news conference.
Chudzinski has called plays throughout his career, including the past two seasons for the Carolina Panthers. But Chudzinski, a first-time head coach, believes he'll be able to pay more attention to other parts of the team with Turner calling plays for the offense.
"Norv will be calling the plays," Chudzinski said. "I'll be involved in that process and overseeing that as well. … Norv's been one of the best play callers in the league for a long time.
"First of all, Norv is outstanding it, so it'll give us a great opportunity to win. And secondly, I think it'll allow me to be able to involved more with special teams, be involved more with defense and those guys in those areas. One of the things as a head coach that I want to be careful of is just being classified as an offensive guy. I'm the head coach of the football team."
Chudzinski said he won't hire a quarterbacks coach because Turner will fill that role as well.
Chudzinski said it's premature to label Brandon Weeden, the 22nd overall pick in last year's draft, as the Browns' starting quarterback for the 2013 season. Turner said he needs to study Weeden more, but he believes Weeden, 29, could fit well in his system.
"In terms of the style of offense we have, you look at the tape and identify things that I think Brandon does well that we're going to ask him to do," Turner said. "I look at things where I know he needs to improve, needs to get better to do the things we want him to do. But I think he has a lot of the skill set that we're looking for. And again, this is early in terms of an evaluation. But he does have a big arm and he can throw the ball up the field."
What does Turner see in quarterback Colt McCoy, who served as Weeden's backup last season?
"I am familiar with Colt, watching him come out, watching him play," Turner said. "When he played for Cleveland, he brings a different style than maybe Brandon. He's been a productive player when he's played."
Turner spent the past six seasons as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. He got a close-up look at the Browns last season, when they defeated the Chargers 7-6 on Oct. 28 in Cleveland.
Coach Rob Chudzinski says offensive coordinator Norv Turner will call plays
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