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With Tampa Bay Finding Its Head Coach, Mike Sherman Or Brad Childress Could Be Hired As Browns OC

The Cleveland Browns have been searching for an offensive coordinator for ... about a year now, give or take. When Pat Shurmur was brought in as the head coach, the Browns did spend time searching for a true offensive coordinator, but took their time, not wanting to settle for a candidate they didn't back 100 percent. Then the 2011-12 season happened, and the Colt McCoy-led offense struggled mightily in just about every way. From issues with the play-calling to the game-planning, the Browns simply weren't effective running or passing the football.

So the search has been going this offseason, albeit at a snail's pace. Two of the biggest names, Brad Childress and Mike Sherman were also factored in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coaching search. Sherman was considered a finalist for that gig in Tampa Bay, but it looks like the team is going to go with another candidate. Childress was linked as a potential offensive coordinator for Sherman if he got the hire, so now the two of them are once again on the open offensive coordinator market.

NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora believes that one of the two will end up landing in Cleveland "almost certainly," as the offensive coordinator. There's been other names linked to the job, but again, those are the leading names and it does seem likely. Shurmur wants to announce his choice sooner rather than later by all accounts, and now that Tampa Bay seems to be wrapping up its head coach-hiring process, the announcement could be around the corner.

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