AFC South Blog
On the day Rob Chudzinski became eligible to talk to other teams about new work opportunities, he decided that he's fine right where he is. He agreed Tuesday to stay on the Colts' coaching staff for another year and has been promoted to associate head coach. Chudzinski served as a special assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano in 2014.
"We're excited to keep Chud in our family," Pagano said in a team release. "He's been a critical part of our operation and we're looking forward to sharing even more success in the future."
It's been rumored that as many as 15 teams have been interested in acquiring CFL wide receiver Duron Carter. The son of Hall of Fame wideout Cris Carter, Duron has reportedly signed with the Colts. Boasting impressive size, speed and pedigree, Carter adds upside to Indy's already crowded corps of receivers.
Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon is still suspended indefinitely for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. That's been the case since Nov. 1, 2013. But according to FOX Sports' Alex Marvez, "lots of NFL folks" are "optimistic" that Blackmon will be reinstated for the 2015 season.
Trent Richardson didn't play in the final two games of the Colts' 2014 season. And if he remains under contract in Indy, he won't play in the first game of the Colts' 2015 season. General manager Ryan Grigson confirmed Friday that Richardson was suspended for two games for "personal reasons" before last Sunday's loss in the AFC Championship Game. Because the Colts did not advance to the Super Bowl, Richardson will serve the second game of his suspension at the start of the next regular season.
Richardson admitted to missing practice one day prior to the game due to a "serious family medical situation." He was a healthy scratch for the Divisional round in Denver and played just one snap during Indianapolis' Wild Card round victory over the Bengals.
The Jaguars have hired Greg Olson to be their offensive coordinator. Olson has experience as as OC for the Lions, Rams, Buccaneers and, most recently, the Raiders. Oakland ranked last in yards gained and next to last in points scored this season. The only team that averaged fewer points per game? The Jaguars.