Is Chudzinski head coach material?

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Rob Chudzinski's name has been mentioned in some circles as a possible NFL head coaching candidate for next season.

Rob Chudzinski's name has been mentioned in some circles as a possible NFL head coaching candidate for next season, but he said he's not focused on that right now.

"If that opportunity comes someday, great," Chudzinski said Monday. "If not, I'm right here, right now, in what I'm doing."

Jacksonville is one team already in the market for a team after firing Jack Del Rio last week.

Chudzinski said he has not been contacted by the Jaguars.

"I don't even listen to it, pay attention to it," Chudzinski said of the rumors. "I'm the type of person, I'm about the here and now and trying to focus and do the best job I can do. And that's right here. I love this team. I love the things we're doing. I love the direction we're going. We have the Atlanta Falcons this week. ? So that's what I'm focused on completely."

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Chudzinski "absolutely" would be a great coach but added that he didn't want to discuss it any further and create distractions.

"It's something I won't address because we have four games left," Rivera said. "Chud will hear it and do what he has to do. The one thing he's done and told me is his focus right now is on what we are doing," Rivera said. "Because of that, I respect it and I'm not going to bring it up."

Rivera interviewed for eight jobs before landing the Panthers gig.

"It's the same thing as coach (Norv) Turner did with me," added Rivera, referring to the Chargers coach. "You have to think about the task at hand. If he's anything like all of us who have gone through it, he's already got something prepared. You have the whole offseason to prepare for these situations. Now you're playing, the focus is on playing."

Chudzinski, 43, said Turner has been his biggest influence in terms of being a play-caller.

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