"There's a lot of guys that I've been with that I think have had their best seasons while I was coaching them," he said.
As far as play-calling duties, Chudzinski was happy to hand them over to Turner, who he said has been "one of the best play callers in the league for a long time." They worked together in San Diego — Chudzinski coached the Chargers tight ends under Turner — and already have a trusting relationship.
Chudzinski said having someone with Turner's vast NFL experience is a huge plus, particularly for a rookie head coach.
"One of the things you want to do as a head coach is recognize the people that are around you and the talents that they have," Chudzinski said. "With Norv here, there's no doubt in my mind he'll do a great job as the play caller. I'll still be involved. The way that we've done this is from a game-planning standpoint and on game day when I was with Norv when we we're in San Diego together is that everybody's really involved through the whole process."
After he was fired by the Chargers, Turner went on vacation in Hawaii with his wife, Nancy. It was a chance to unwind and plan the next phase of a coaching career spanning nearly four decades.
Turner said Chudzinski made a convincing sales pitch to join the Browns, who had one of the league's youngest rosters last season.
"He really got to me," Turner said. "The youth of the team was extremely exciting to me and it looked like a great opportunity. We share a philosophy in terms of offensive football and the way you play football. You want to be a team that the fans love to watch. You have to be able to score points, you have to be able to make explosive plays, big plays, you have to be a team that plays fast, plays hard, plays physical."
Turner became familiar with many of Cleveland's players when the Chargers were beaten by the Browns 7-6 in October. It's when he got his first look at running back Trent Richardson, who scored the game's only TD on a 26-yard, tackle-breaking run.
"An impressive, young player," Turner said. "I've been fortunate through most of my stops to be with outstanding running backs, great running backs. Guys who have characteristics like a Trent. I've been fortunate to be able to coach five backs that have led the NFL in rushing. That experience will help me in terms of understanding what we need to do."