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Person familiar with the decision says Browns have hired Rob Chudzinski as new head coach

FILE - In this June 7, 2012, file photo, Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski instructs players during an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C. A person familiar with the decision said Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, that the Cleveland Browns have hired Chudzinski as their new coach. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
January 10, 2013 - 7:54 PM

CLEVELAND - A person familiar with the decision says the Cleveland Browns have hired Carolina offensive co-ordinator Rob Chudzinski as their new coach.

Chudzinski will become the Browns' sixth full-time coach since 1999, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on the condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced the hiring. The 44-year-old Chudzinski has spent the past two seasons with the Panthers. He has had two previous stints with the Browns as an assistant coach.

Chudzinski, who grew up in Ohio and rooted for the Browns as a kid, interviewed with the team on Wednesday. He has spent the past two years working with quarterback Cam Newton.

The Browns have been searching for a coach since firing Pat Shurmur on Dec. 31 after a 5-11 season.

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