Cleveland Browns Hire Mark Whipple As Quarterback Coach

With Pat Shurmur Calling Plays and Mark Whipple As QB Coach, Browns May Not Hire Offensive Coordinator

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Browns Hire Assistants to Coach Defensive Line, Linebackers, And Receivers

In addition to bringing former Miami Hurricanes offensive coordinator Mark Whipple aboard as their quarterbacks coach yesterday, the Cleveland Browns also hired three other assistant coaches.

Bill Davis was hired as the team’s linebackers coach. He spent last season as the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals and reportedly interviewed with Cleveland before the hiring of Dick Jauron.

Dwaine Board was named the Browns’ new defensive line coach. He was with the Oakland Raiders last year as their defensive line coach, and before that spent six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Mike Wilson spent the 2009-10 seasons as the wide receivers coach of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL, according to the Plain Dealer. Prior to that, he was tight ends and receivers coach for the Cardinals.

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Mark Whipple Set To Join Browns As QB Coach

Well that answers that. Former Miami Hurricanes offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, who was a possible candidate for the OC position, has been hired as the QB coach for the Cleveland Browns, per Adam Schefter:

Former Univ. of Miami OC Mark Whipple has agreed to become Browns QB coach. With Whipple and Pat Shurmer, Browns not likely to hire an OC.less than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

 

With the Browns having more and more trouble after Shurmer said that he was calling the plays, this move makes some sense. Although it is a bit perplexing to hire a guy whose QB (Jacory Harris, 14 TD, 15 INT) seemingly regressed this season after being touted as a pre-season Heisman candidate.

To be fair, Miami's offense did look good in spurts. They did average 25 points per game. And Whipple has NFL experience as a QB coach for the Steelers and an offensive assistant for the Eagles. He was also very successful in his tenure at UMass as head coach.

All in all, this looks to be a safe move for a team that was scaring off coordinator candidates after Shurmur said he was taking the reins on offense. Here's hoping Whipple will assist in the progression of QB Colt McCoy and provide valuable input as Pat Shurmur looks to revitalize a Browns offense that was 29th in total offense in 2010.

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PD: Dick Jauron Hiring Expected Soon

Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer tweeted moments ago that a league source has confirmed the Cleveland Browns will soon announce Dick Jauron as their new defensive coordinator.  Jauron would replace Rob Ryan who left to take the same position with the Dallas Cowboys.

#Browns are expected to hire Dick Jauron soon as DC, league source told PD.#nflless than a minute ago via Mobile Web

 

Jauron has plenty of experience, as both a coordinator and head coach.  He was the original DC for the Jacksonville Jaguars before being hired as the head coach of the Chicago Bears in 1999.  Ironically, it was Jauron that replaced Dave Wannstedt in Chicago, another man the Browns interviewed for the position.

Jauron was 35-45 in five years with the Bears before being fired after the 2003 season.  He went on to Detroit to be the defensive coordinator under Steve Mariucci in 2004 and was promoted to interim head coach of the Lions when Mariucci was fired after 11 games in 2005.

After going 1-4 to finish 2005, Jauron was hired by the Buffalo Bills to be their head coach in January 2006.  Jauron lasted just over three seasons in Buffalo, going 24-33 before he was fired after nine games in the 2009 season.  Jauron spent the 2010 season has the DB coach for Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ironically, Eagles defensive backs struggled this season, especially in the Red Zone, leading to the firing of Eagles DC Sean McDermott.

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Dave Wannstedt Soon To Be Hired By Buffalo Bills

Another prospective coaching candidate for the Cleveland Browns is headed elsewhere. Dave Wannstedt, who interviewed with the Browns earlier this week, is reportedly close to a deal with the Buffalo Bills according to FoxSports and ESPN.

Wannstedt has previously been a defensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins. He was the head coach of the Chicago Bears and Dolphins before heading to the University of Pittsburgh, where he spent the past five seasons. He was fired by the Panthers in December.

That leaves Billy Davis and Dick Jauron as possible candidates for the coordinator position in Cleveland.

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Browns Interviewing Former Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Billy Davis

Along with Dick Jauron and Dave Wannstedt, the Browns are also looking at former Arizona Cardinals DC Billy Davis to fill their defensive coordinator position, per ESPN.

Davis was fired as the defensive coordinator of the Cardinals on Jan. 6, and was previously the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. He has also worked as a defensive assistant for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992-94), Carolina Panthers (95-98), Cleveland Browns (99), Green Bay Packers (2000), Atlanta Falcons (01-03) and New York Giants (04).

Despite his extensive resumé, the Cardinals looked absolutely abysmal defensively this season, and Davis has no prior NFL head coaching experience.

Count me in the camp that would still rather have Dick Jauron, or at the very worst, Wannstedt.

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Plan C, Anyone? Musgrave Heads To Vikings As OC

Yesterday, most expected Bill Musgrave to be hired by the Cleveland Browns as their offensive coordinator. I guess the former Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach didn’t get the memo.

Musgrave was introduced yesterday as the new offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. Why would the job in Minnesota be more appealing than that in Cleveland? Simple. With the Vikings, Musgrave will likely be able to call the plays while that wasn’t going to happen in Cleveland.

So now the Browns are back to square one a bit. With Pat Shurmur as head coach it is not as important to have a strong OC, since Shurmur himself will be calling the plays. What the Browns do need is someone to be a mentor and confidant of Colt McCoy – a buffer between the head coach and the quarterback – someone that can work with him on a day-to-day basis.

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Musgrave Has Helped Develop Falcons' Quarterback Matt Ryan

The Browns may have found their man for the vacant offensive coordinator position on Pat Shurmur's coaching staff.  Bill Musgrave, who has spent the past five seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons is expected to be hired by the Browns in the near future.  Musgrave was interviewed in Cleveland on Tuesday.

Jason LaConfora of NFL.com reports that Musgrave knows Shurmer's offense well.

Musgrave has vast experience in the West Coast offense, which Browns president Mike Holmgren prefers, and has helped several quarterbacks thrive.

Musgrave has plenty of experience - both developing quarterbacks and as an offensive coordinator.  He was the quarterbacks coach with the Washington Redskins(2005) and Oakland Raiders(1997) and was offensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars(2003-04), Carolina Panthers(2000) and Philadelphia Eagles(1998)

Pat Shurmer has indicated that he initially call plays on offense, which means the new OC will need to focus on building a gameplan and developing Colt McCoy.  With his experience handling Matt Ryan, Musgrave seems like a perfect fit.

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Cabot: Browns Looking At Mike McCoy For Offensive Coordinator

According to a tweet by Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns are looking at current Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as a candidate for their offensive coordinator position.

So far, the Browns staff could look like this (only Shurmur is confirmed):

-Head Coach: Pat Shurmur
-Offensive Coordinator: Mike McCoy
-Defensive Coordinator: Dick Jauron
-Special Teams Coordinator: Brad Seely

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Dallas Cowboys Looking To Interview Rob Ryan

Reports from ESPN indicate that the Dallas Cowboys are interested in interviewing Rob Ryan for their defensive coordinator position.

Ryan is still under contract with the Cleveland Browns, but with Cleveland showing interest in Dick Jauron and other teams preparing to interview Ryan, it doesn’t sound like a stretch to say he probably won’t be back with the club next season.

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Dick Jauron Considered For Browns Defensive Coordinator

According to NFL.com, the Cleveland Browns are interested in interviewing current Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach Dick Jauron for their defensive coordinator position.

Jauron has had two head coaching stints in the NFL — one with the Chicago Bears, and one with the Buffalo Bills. In other years, he has served as either a defensive coordinator or a defensive backs coach. He also worked with Mike Holmgren on the Green Bay Packers many years ago.

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Pat Shurmur Named 13th Coach In Browns History

The Cleveland Browns have made their choice to replace Eric Mangini.  Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has been hired to become Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns.  Shurmur  becomes the 5th head coach the team has had since returning to the NFL in 1999.

According to Tony Grossi, the official press conference will happen tomorrow, with Shurmur  set to meet the media.

Shurmur  makes perfect sense for the Browns in a number of ways, especially considering none of the 'big name' coaches appear to be returning to the sideline this season.  Shurmur  was an assistant under Andy Reid in Philadelphia, and Reid learned the west coast offense from Holmgren while both were in Green Bay. It was no secret that Mike Holmgren wanted to bring his preferred offense back to the Browns.

There is also the connection between Browns GM Tom Heckert and Shurmur , with both spending long periods of time in Philadelphia.  Shurmer, Holmgren and Heckert also share the same agent - Bob LaMonte.

Shurmur  may not be a high-profile name in the public eye, but with Holmgren always available to lean on it could be a great move for the Browns.  Holmgren has made it no secret that he misses coaching, and bringing in Shurmur would allow him to get his hands dirty every now and then, without being the full-time head coach.

Shurmur  was a center for Michigan State in the 1980's, playing on the same line with Tony Mandarich.  His coaching career stated with the Spartans where he worked under current Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

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Browns Looking Into Dave Wannstedt As Defensive Coach

According to ESPN, the Cleveland Browns are among several teams interested in bringing former Miami Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt on board as a defensive coach, perhaps the defensive coordinator position should the team decide not to retain Rob Ryan.

Browns team president Mike Holmgren has been scheduled to meet with the Browns’ current assistant coaches this past Monday to update them on their statuses, but the meeting was postponed.

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Pat Shurmur Looking Like The Guy For Browns

SI's Peter King reported that Pat Shurmur could be hired by the Browns as their next head coach by Thursday, and Cleveland.com's Tony Grossi went even further to say the Browns would like to keep DC Rob Ryan with Shurmur as well, as long as the personalties blend.

Shurmur is the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams and has a long history in the West Coast offense that Browns' President Mike Holmgren prefers.  Shurmur was a center at Michigan State and began working for the Eagles in 1999.  He learned the West Coast offense from Andy Reid, who learned it from Mike Holmgren while they were both in Green Bay.

Rams HC Steve Spagnuolo hired Shurmur to be his offensive coordinator when he was hired by the Rams in 2009.

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Giants DC Perry Fewell Next In Line For Browns

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is the next in line to interview for the Cleveland Browns head coaching vacancy. Fewell has already interviewed in Denver with the Broncos.

Fewell, 48, will be the third known coach the Browns have interviewed. The first was Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and the second was Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.

Shurmer is reportedly the front-runner due to the connection he has to the Mike Holmgren-west coast offense that Holmgren wants to bring to the Browns.

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No News On Browns' Assistant Coaches

In his press conference two weeks ago, Mike Holmgren told the media that he would confer with the Cleveland Browns coaching staff again on Monday, January 10.

It was anticipated that we might learn the fates of Brian Daboll, Rob Ryan, and Brad Seely, but so far there aren’t any rumblings as to whether or not anything even happened on Monday. The Browns might be waiting for a head coach to be named before deciding on the assistant coaches.

In addition, it sounds like Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera will get the Carolina Panthers’ head coaching position over Ryan, who interviewed for the position last week.

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Is Rams OC Pat Shurmur The Favorite To Land Browns Job?

Another name has surfaced in regards to the Cleveland Browns’ search for a head coach – St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Adam Schefter went so far as to say that Shurmur might be a favorite for the job.

The Rams offense made strides this season, despite starting rookie QB Sam Bradford all year. The Rams, who were one of the worst teams in football in 2009, were one win away from winning the NFC West in 2010 – losing the last game of the season in Seattle on Sunday night.

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Browns Scheduled To Interview Falcons OC Mike Mularkey

Jason LaConfora of NFL.com is reporting that the Cleveland Browns will be talking to Atlanta Falcons OC Mike Mularkey about their vacant head coaching position.  

In addition to interviewing with the Broncos, ATL OC Mike Mularkey will also interview with the Browns for their head coaching openingless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

 

Mularkey is also scheduled to interview for the open job in Denver on Friday, according to the Broncos.

Mularkey has spent time as the Offensive Coordinator in Pittsburgh(2000-2003), then was the Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2004-2006, when he resigned after the team brought back Marv Levy in a management role. He was 14-18 in his two seasons in Buffalo.

Mularkey then went on to Miami to be the OC for the Dolphins under Nick Saban. He was reduced to the TE coach role under Cam Cameron after Saban left for Alabama. In 2008, Mularkey was hired by the Atlanta Falcons to run their offense.

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Browns Ask For Permission To Interview Giants DC Perry Fewell

Mike Holmgren and the Cleveland Browns are wasting no time putting together a candidate list to replace former head coach Eric Mangini.  According to Adam Schefter, the Browns and Panthers targeted New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, asking the Giants for permission to talk to him:

Cleveland and Carolina submitted interview requests to New York to interview Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.less than a minute ago via web

 

Fewell would meet the requirement of the NFL's 'Rooney Rule' policy, but he's also an intriguing candidate for several teams.  Fewell was the DC in Buffalo for four seasons under Dick Jauron, eventually taking over for Jauron last season on an interim basis when the Bills fired him.

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