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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: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 7:33 pm

Report: Browns 'closing in on' Childress for OC

3 more years of subpar performance for the Browns.

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 7:00 pm

Report: Browns 'closing in on' Childress for OC

Bad, bad move Browns. Now your really going to suck. He was horrible in Mn and is a HORRIBLE PR man. Have fun Cleveland. Oh yeah, DONT let him pick your next QB. He sucks at that too.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:26 pm

Report: Browns 'closing in on' Childress for OC

Ever wonder how Mangini is feeling? I mean look at the records...have we moved forward yet?

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:36 pm

Report: Browns 'closing in on' Childress for OC

Just another example of the old boy network alive and well in the NFL.

Holmgren, Childress, Shurmur, Childress ... does Holmgren have a son that can be Childress' Quality Control Assistant?

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:17 pm

Report: Browns 'closing in on' Childress for OC

Does this mean the Browns will have Farve and McNabb ? Hope not for all of the Browns fans.McCoy can run a west cost and he is a better chose the Farve or McNabb. Better beaf up the O-line and WR Childress doesn't run much. Good luck Browns Fans!!!!  

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:06 pm

Report: Browns 'closing in on' Childress for OC

That is very true deuce!!  The entire staff will basically be represented by the same person and Holmgren continues to look like a fool for signing these guys who are part of this West Coast offensive family. 

Whoever it is has to do better than the pathetic display from last year's offense.  If the Browns find some play makers through free agency or the draft then it has to get better. 

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:49 pm

Report: Browns 'closing in on' Childress for OC

Right now in Cleveland, anybody who's agent is Bob LaMonte is the frontrunner for any job. Only if LaMonte was an agent to some talented players.....

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:33 am

Report: Browns 'closing in on' Childress for OC

Use those two first round picks on wide receivers that can both get open AND catch the ball when it hits them in the hands.

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:19 am

Report: Browns 'closing in on' Childress for OC

As a Browns fan I'm not very excited about Childress becoming the OC but since Sherman picked the Dolphins then I guess Chilly is the best option.  The positive is that he has worked with some of the front office and the head coach in the past and has had some success calling plays for the Eagles.  He seemed like a poor coach for the Vikings but had a couple good seasons and at least has the knowledge to help Pat Shurmur who really struggled with the offense this past season.

If the Browns get Childress the next step is preparing for the free agent period and draft so Heckert and Holmgren can bring in some offensive talent to give Shurmur and Childress.  I am really hoping for either RG3, Blackmon, or Trent Richardson with their top pick in the 1st round because all 3 should immediately improve their respective positions. 

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