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Browns hire Brad Childress for OC

Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:27 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 8:59 pm
Chilly might be about to get back in the playcalling business. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Thursday, the Bucs landed Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, eliminating Brad Childress and Mike Sherman as candidates. And with another domino -- Sherman to Miami -- about to fall, it looks like a good bet that Childress will wind up with the Browns.

That's precisely what the Browns did Friday, announcing that Childress has been hired as their offensive coordinator. 

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Cabot points out that Sherman and Childress were the Browns top two options, and with Sherman signing with the Dolphins, it means Childress' top option is Cleveland, and Childress is Cleveland's top option as well.

The marriage makes sense. As Andy Reid's offensive coordinator with the Eagles, Childress twice architected a top-10 passing offense, and he managed that with the Vikings once as well. (It's really unfair to judge his passing production in Minnesota, what with Adrian Peterson on the roster and all; the Vikings were quite good at rushing the ball.)

And Browns coach Pat Shurmur was the tight ends coach and quarterbacks coach in Philly under Chilly. They know each other. "Very well," according to Shurmur recently.

Shurmur didn't hire an offensive coordinator in his first season and called the plays himself. Cleveland finished 24th in passing yards in the NFL, 27th in passing touchdowns, 30th in net yards per passing attempt, 28th in rushing yards and 32nd in rushing touchdowns and 31st in net yards per rushing attempt. (Football Outsiders is a touch more generous, ranking them 25th overall in offensive efficiency.)

So, um, not good. Shurmur declined to commit to Colt McCoy in his season wrap-up, and that made most of the headlines. But he also wouldn't rule out the possibility of having someone come in and call plays for him.

"It's important that I get the best coordinator I can for us," Shurmur said. "I think that's one of the details that'll get worked out as we go through the process. I want to get the best guy I can. And if he's outstanding at calling plays, listen, I want to win games, and so I'm gonna get the guys in there that are gonna help us do that."

Ultimately, it's a logical conclusion. Childress and Shurmur are former co-workers. Both of them are disciples of Reid, who's a direct coaching-tree descendent of Browns president Mike Holmgren.

The transition to Chilly calling plays would likely be seamless. The Browns just need to figure out those "who's our quarterback" and "where can we get playmakers" problems.

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Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:47 am

Browns hire Brad Childress for OC

The Eagles were bottom half for 2 of the 3 seasons they went to the NFC Championship, so it was Defense that got them there.
He was the bonehead that had 12 rush on the field AFTER TAKING A TIMEOUT, that led to the penalty that took the Vikings out of FG range - leading to the interception.
He mishandled the Randy Moss situation (and others - see Marcus Robinson).
His play calling will be very predicatable - I could predict run/pass and which direction 75% of the time and I am not a coach nor do I review film.  If I can predict what he will call, then I am sure the opposing coaches will as well.
The players will eventually turn on him - he was the one TO told to get lost when in Philly.

The Browns struck out! 

Since: Jan 28, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 8:36 am
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Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:27 am
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Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:01 am

Browns hire Brad Childress for OC

About time the Browns hire someone to help with the offense.  It's been proven that a head coach and call offensive or defensive plays and manage a team.  When will teams learn that you need the complete package and you can't cut corners?? I'm glad for this hire and look forward to how my Browns do next year!!

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:16 am

Browns hire Brad Childress for OC

Damn I want the Browns to get better but I don't think this is a very good move.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:30 am

Browns hire Brad Childress for OC

 I have read many of these comments and I'll give you my take.  He is a great OC, as long as he doesn't have anyone smarter around him.  Which means he can work with the youngsters, but not so well with the "seasoned" people.  He takes no input from players, because he knows everything somehow.  I suspect he will do his best to surround himself with idiots just to make him look smarter.  Good luck Cleveland with this one!

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:20 am

Browns hire Brad Childress for OC

I honestly do not get you people!  Brad Childress may be "chilly" and somewhat dry but the guy's resume speaks for itself.  As an Eagles fan, I can tell you that all of you Browns fans should be thrilled right now.   Shurmur struggled all year.   He has brought in a pro!  The guy always has his offense near the top of the league.   He has been to the SB with the Eagles.  He was one dumb Farve interception away from the Super Bowl with the Vikes!  ...but he can't coach?  He took a ton of heat from Vikings fans and ultimatley got fired because of how he handled the Randy Moss situation.  In my eyes, my respect level for Childress skyrocketed for telling that me-first, rude, crass SOB to take a hike.  It took balls to do the right thing and Childress did it in spite of the consequences.  Vikes got what they deserved by firing Childress.  Browns just hit a home run. 

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:35 pm

Browns hire Brad Childress for OC

I was seriously hoping Marty Mornhigweh would've found something outside of the Eagles (like the Raiders) thus giving Philly a chance to bring Brad Childress back to town.  It took Philly awhile to gather talent for McNabb.  Todd Pinkston and James Thrash are not headed for the HOF.  Yet Philly's offense scored points even with those guys.  The move to the Browns seems like deja vu including old-codgers like Sheldon Brown and Chris Gocong.  Brown had lost a step before he left the Eagles.  How is he doing now?

I think Cleveland just got better. 

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:58 pm

Browns hire Brad Childress for OC

So apparently Shurmur is still calling plays.  He better figure out what that means this offseason b/c he wasn't very good at it last year.  They do have some potential to fill some of their holes in free agency (DB, WR) and that will allow them to focus on the other areas of need - unfortunately it's still a lot.  They need a very successful draft.  The last 2 have shown pretty good results - hopefully they do it again.  W/out playmakers, any QB and OC will fail.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:55 pm

Report: Browns 'closing in on' Childress for OC

I am really hoping for either RG3, Blackmon, or Trent Richardson with their top pick in the 1st round
i am hoping for either Blackmon or Richardson because 1) i like Colt McCoy and think he can be a good QB and dont want to see him backup RG3 when my team has Grossman who is WAY worse than McCoy is and 2) i think they need a WR and RB more especially if they lose Hillis and Blackmon will just make Massaquoi and Little that much better.

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