GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 18: D'Qwell Jackson #52 of the Cleveland Browns tackles Todd Heap #86 of the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. Arizona won 20-17. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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Brad Childress To Become New Cleveland Browns Offensive Coordinator

They were patient and took their time, but the Browns have finally found the man to run their offense. Brad Childress will be the new Cleveland offensive coordinator, according to the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora.

The Browns were down to Mike Sherman and Brad Childress earlier this week, but Childress emerged as the front-runner, especially after the Tampa Bay Bucs hired former Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano.

Childress, for better or worse, fits the Holmgren Tree: he worked for the Eagles under Andy Reid from 1999-2005, first as quarterbacks coach and then as offensive coordinator. He helped develop Donovan McNabb, a mobile quarterback with a big arm.

The Minnesota Vikings hired Childress in 2006, and he spent five years as head coach, compiling a 39-35 record, before being fired after the 2010 season.

This will give the Browns some much-needed stability with their signal-calling. Pat Shurmur struggled to manage offensive and head coaching duties, and it was clear before the season even started that Cleveland was making a mistake going into the year without an offensive coordinator.

Although it is a bit frustrating to see Cleveland unwilling to step outside the Holmgren (and, largely, Eagles) box, hopefully this homogeneity will bring about some consistency and success in year two of the Shurmur era. Lord knows the Browns need it.

With questions at quarterback and the rest of the offense still lingering, it is good that the Browns will be able to put their coordinator questions behind them and start to turn their focus to personnel and improving the team through the draft.


Cleveland Browns Offseason: Mike Sherman A Finalist For Tampa Bay Bucs Head Coach

Former Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman is high on the Browns' list in their search for an offensive coordinator. Unfortunately for Cleveland, he is on another team's wishlist: as a head coaching candidate.

Sherman was fired after putting together a .500 record in four seasons with the Aggies. He is one of the finalists for the vacant Tampa Bay coaching job after a potential deal with Oregon Coach Chip Kelly fell through, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The Bucs are scheduling second interviews from a list of known candidates that include [Sherman,] former Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, former Vikings coach Brad Childress, former Browns, Chiefs, Redskins and Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer, Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

Childress is also in the conversation to take over playcalling duties for the Browns, which finished 29th in offense under first-year head coach Pat Shurmur.

The Browns were criticized all year for their lack of innovation and inability to move the football in Shurmur's west coast offense. Although the offense opened up a bit near the end of the year, a combination of headscratching calls and an absence of playmakers only added to Cleveland's ineptitude.

One thing can be said for Sherman: even though A&M found ways to blow every lead imaginable in 2011, it wasn't for a lack of scoring. The Aggies averaged 39 points a game.

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