Rob Chudzinski answers questions at a news conference introducing him as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns at the NFL football team's practice facility in Berea, Ohio Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)The Associated Press
Rob Chudzinski walks to the podium to be introduced as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns at the NFL football team's practice facility in Berea, Ohio Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)The Associated Press
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)The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton and the Panthers offense are once again in limbo following the departure of offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.
Last year marked the first time Newton worked with the same coordinator in back-to-back seasons since high school and the second-year quarterback improved as the season progressed. But with Chudzinski being introduced Friday as the Cleveland Browns new head coach, the direction of the Panthers' offense is unclear.
Coach Ron Rivera declined interview requests Friday, saying in a statement "there's no timetable" to name Chudzinski's replacement.
Rivera fired two offensive assistants Tuesday leaving quarterbacks coach Mike Shula as the only staff member with previous experience as an offensive coordinator. However, Shula struggled in that role with Tampa Bay from 1996-99 and the Panthers could look outside the organization for a replacement.