Baltimore's interview with Rob Chudzinski? Denied.
Chudzinski signed a two-year contract extension today, announced the Browns. The extension will keep Chudzinski signed through the 2011 season. In the process, Chudzinski turned down the offer to interview for the Baltimore Ravens' head coaching vacancy. While Baltimore fans have speculated that Chudzinski had no serious chance of being hired, it's irrational to think that way after seeing what happened with the Pittsburgh Steelers last season. Everyone thought that either Russ Grimm or Ken Whisenhunt were a lock for the job before Mike Tomlin was brought over from the Minnesota Vikings.
Chudzinski also made a statement regarding the Ravens' offer:
Over on the Orange and Brown Report and other Browns' message boards, I've seen Browns and Ravens fans go back and forth arguing on the entire situation. Some fans think that the Ravens only wanted to interview Chudzinski to pick his brain, some fans believe their is a secret plan to lock up Chudzinski and let go of Romeo in a year or two, and some fans think Chudzinski played both sides of the table to get a longer deal from the Browns and could very well struggle next year calling plays.
What's the right answer? It's a question that can't be answered until next season. One season could be a fluke. Two seasons prove you're doing something right. Ironically, the same exact philosophy should be taken with Derek Anderson next season, at least in my opinion.