Posted February 01, 2014

Report: Browns name Kyle Shanahan offensive coordinator

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Kyle Shanahan has previously coached in Tampa Bay, Houston, and Washington. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Kyle Shanahan has previously coached in Tampa Bay, Houston, and Washington. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns have hired Kyle Shanahan as the team’s new offensive coordinator, according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports 1.

Shanahan was offensive coordinator for Washington from 2010 until he and his father, head coach Mike Shanahan, were fired at the end of the 2013 season.

The Browns hired former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to be their head coach last week after an extended search.

Shanahan has previously worked as offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, where he was the youngest OC in league history.


38 comments
hfuhruhurr
hfuhruhurr

Could SI have found a douchier picture of that dude?

bockert2073
bockert2073

yes, Stallworth, Winslow, William Green, who was the DE from Penn St? Oh yeah Courtney Brown, oh and Gerrard Warren.  All wasted top draft picks.   Throw Richardson in there too.  I could call plays better on offense.   I have one year Middle School Coaching experience and a Sports Management Degree.  More knowledge than anybody else in the Browns Front Office.  If I had Josh Gordon and an average QB like Tony Romo I could get at least a playoff win.  It is a bit of a joke with this team.

BillBelcher
BillBelcher

The play action, run first offense is what will work best for the pieces we have.  It will also allow for the new QB to do rollouts and run options to keep the chains moving.  I am okay with this hire.

MrArlington
MrArlington

I feel bad for Shanahan. He is going to be moving from one of the nicest, most affluent areas in the US (metro DC) to the wasteland of Cleveland. You can take a crap on a Cleveland lawn  and raise the home's property value.

therednorth1
therednorth1

So... he was the only one willing to be hired as the Browns offensive coordinator?

alhmiel1
alhmiel1

Kyle is terrible and does not belong in the NFL. Kyle does not belong in HS football. amazing this no talent wimp Kyle is in the league living off that shrimp daddy's name.

Matthew W
Matthew W

Good God....the Cleveland brain trust really is that dumb.

NathanStevens
NathanStevens

Well, there goes next season. Not mad, just sad.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

It doesn't matter jackshit who the coaches are, if Cleveland doesnt get an above average QB (at a minimum) they aren't going to contend, and that can be said for any team in the NFL.  (for reference look at what an idiot Belicheck was in Cleveland with no QB)

George
George

Welcome to CLEVELAND, kyle!!


:D


bbc
bbc

Old boys club... looks like daddy pulled a few strings to land junior the job.

marsblackmon
marsblackmon

Because he did so well in Washington? What? 

True Fan
True Fan

Cue the Cleveland fan outrage!

nwroblewskiplumber
nwroblewskiplumber

@MrArlington  Apparently the murder capital of America is just the greatest place to live. So very affluent in the inner city, isn't it. Ever heard of the suburbs, dummy. That's where most of America lives. I'm  sure Shanahan isn't going to move into the inner city. I feel sorry for you, MrArlington. As a child, your mother gave you a radio for a bath toy

DJL329
DJL329

@Matthew W I think it's more desperation.  It's not like a lot of coaches *want* to go there.

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

@PhillyPenn Bernie Kosar was no QB?  The guy who was cut after he drew up a play in the dirt on the field that went for a touchdown instead of running the play that was called by the idiot?

mjt424
mjt424

@PhillyPenn Good point. In Houston, Kyle Shanahan had Matt Schaub playing well, Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and other solid role players and they played strong. In Washington, when RGIII was a rookie, they looked good. This year, a nightmare. I think Cleveland is going QB hunting with a passion in the draft and maybe free agency. Brandon Wheeden was not the answer (although he might turn into a decent backup...with another team).

Once Cleveland gets a reliably good QB to go with Josh Gordon and adds a couple more solid skill players, the play calling will look a lot more impressive. I say all this as a follower of the Broncos. 

Mike Shanahan looked like a genius with Elway, Terrell Davis, Rod Smith, Shannon Sharpe and Ed McCaffrey. Once those guys were gone, it got tough although he won with Jake Plummer for a bit. Once Denver got Peyton Manning to go with those WRs, funny how the OCs (Mike McCoy and Adam Gase) looked smart and become hotly desired by other teams.

mjt424
mjt424

@marsblackmon First, love the username. :)  While Shanahan was polarizing for some, it wasn't entirely his fault. RGIII was hurt and not playing loose and his best and no one was complaining a year ago. Shanahan impressed in Houston before getting the Washington job. As PhillyPenn said above, it's about Cleveland getting a QB more than anything but with talent, Shanahan probably isn't a bad choice. Not saying he's the best (who knows) but he does have a resume with some success on it.

marsblackmon
marsblackmon

@DJL329 I agree. After firing Chud after one season, why would anybody want to be a part of the dysfunction.

marsblackmon
marsblackmon

@mjt424 Yeah, I will say the fact that he's rubbed many players the wrong way concerns me. I mean, we've got a polarizing owner, polarizing GM (or whatever Banner calls himself), polarizing director of player personnel, and now a polarizing OC. I hope this new head coach can be someone the players actually want to play for.

mjt424
mjt424

@PhillyPenn @True FanThat made me laugh. Funny. Sad, but true. I feel for the Browns' fans. I do. When I was growing up a Broncos' fan, Cleveland had good teams on offense and defense and their fans were outrageously awesome. They have had a long drought of bad management, drafting and coaching and the expected results of that combination.

Matthew W
Matthew W

@marsblackmon @DJL329 

Fire the coach who was not the one with the final say on player decisions or the draft and then put up with injuries to 3 QBs....smart. 

No one is going to fix the cesspool that is Cleveland in just one season. 

Changing coaching staffs on a yearly to every other year is good for the organization right? 

mjt424
mjt424

@marsblackmon @mjt424Good points all, especially if you're a Browns' fan. The Browns' culture, from the outside viewing in, appears to be in need of change. I believe Shanahan will go in there focusing on relationship building first and the team will go hard after a QB, realizing that's the critical piece (along with the OL) to build the offense. 


If I'm a Cleveland fan, I do like that they've hired a defensive coach to run the team. What I want to see next is a quality staff put together and an aggressive and astute approach to the draft, acquiring outstanding talent. Be aggressive. Teams I love on draft day are New England, Baltimore, San Francisco and sometimes Pittsburgh. Seattle is in that mix now. They now what positions to target, how to be aggressive and smart and get tough, smart, productive talent. Cleveland should consider looking at those organizations' approaches.