When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially made their head coaching hire, that narrowed down the list of serious candidates for the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator position to two people: Mike Sherman and Brad Childress. There previously wasn't much out there in regards to which one that Pat Shurmur preferred, but now it looks like Sherman might land the same job with the Miami Dolphins.
And as The Plain Dealer reports, that would make Childress the team's No. 1 option to become the first offensive coordinator under Shurmur. Childress was the offensive coordinator with Philadelphia for two seasons while Shurmur was the quarterbacks coach there. Altogether, they spent seven years together on the Eagles staff. According to the report, the hiring of Childress could happen "in the next few days."
In 2011, the Browns struggled mightily with Shurmur running the offense and calling his own plays. Not only did they seem to get away from their strength as a power running team with Peyton Hillis, they relied far too much on quarterback Colt McCoy early on and it hurt them big time.