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From the NFL Combine: Rivera talks Chudzinski, Turner

Panthers coach Ron Rivera was the defensive coordinator in San Diego when Norv Turner was the coach and Rob Chudzinski was on the staff.

Rivera said the teaming of the pair with the Browns is “going to be interesting.”

“I think Norv Turner’s one of the sharpest offensive football coaches I’ve ever been around,” Rivera said. “I know Chud’s a sharp mind as well. It’s going to be interesting to see exactly what they try to do and how they want to do it. I would be surprised if they don’t score a lot of points.”

Rivera said Chudzinski’s inclination to offense will slant the team toward that side of the ball.

“He wants to score points,” Rivera said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch them play offensive football.”

From the NFL Combine: Will the read-option offense be around forever?

The read-option offense clearly will be the topic of the week.

Several coaches and GMs were asked about it, and surprisingly not everyone was in favor.

San Diego coach Mike McCoy, who ran the read-option two years ago with Tim Tebow, said defenses now have the advantage of time in figuring out how to defend it.

“Without a doubt now defenses are going to start preparing more for it through the offseason program, through training camp,” McCoy said. “Two years ago we were the first ones really to get into this on a game by game basis. Now a lot of teams are doing it. So there’s a lot

more time in the offseason to prepare.”

Bruce Arians of the Cardinals also said that the emphasis in every defensive meeting room this offseason will be studying how to stop the offense that Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III ran so well. Arians said he even hired a defensive coordinator from college (Nick Rapone) who has dealt with the read-option to help his staff.

He also is not a big fan of the read-option.

“I’m not a believer in putting my quarterback in harm’s way,” he said. “I believe a lot of harm will come to him. I’m more of a traditionalist.”

New Panthers GM Dave Gettleman pointed out that only two playoff teams had the read-option.

“Ten of the 12 teams in the playoffs this year had true pocket passers,” he said. “At the end of the day, the quarterback has to make plays from the pocket. I think the read option is an option.”

One of the read-option teams did make the Super Bowl, but Kaepernick does not get enough credit for his ability to throw. He happens to be a throwing quarterback who can also run.