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Comments from the players' perspective about the possibility of Rob Chudzinski departing: Steve Smith "As far as what his next move is, I'm pretty confident his next move will be one that helps him, because it's a business..," Smith said. "(But) I think whatever decision he makes is not going to be one where anyone is blindsided by the decision." Ryan Kalil "I think we've all voiced to him how we feel about him and tried to make it as awkward as we can to make sure he stays," Kalil said with a laugh. "But man, he's a heck of a coach and I think he's going to be a great head coach — just hopefully not anytime soon" Jordan Gross "I didn't know what to expect coming in and I didn't know a lot about him," Gross said. "But each week he got better and better. Our game plans got more fun to watch and opened up. As Cam Newton grew, we grew. I told him (Monday) that I want him back. We're not going to be the same offense without him." But Gross said he understands if Chudzinski leaves, saying, "he's got to do what he's got to do." When asked if he got a sense that Chudzinski was eager to leave, Gross said, "I think he's like everybody else — he wants to win a Super Bowl and he wants to be a head coach and I don't think he cares what order that comes in. I believe the Panthers will win a Super Bowl with coach Ron Rivera here. Hopefully it's while I'm still here. But I think Chud knows we have something special here on offense too." Greg Olsen "When you're that good you're going to have opportunities to have other looks," Olsen said. "He's obviously one of the deserving candidates. Look what he has done to this offense this year. Obviously the players are important, but the guy pulling the strings had a lot to do with it. When you take a rookie quarterback and a shortened offseason and a lot of different moving parts... putting that all together is a true testament to how good of a coach he is." Steve Reed Associated Press
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