To say the Browns are going slowly in their search for an offensive coordinator is an understatement. Really, compared to what I hoped for when Shurmur was hired, the Browns are a about a year late already. I digress.
Even if the Browns didn’t get it right the first time around, I don’t mind this process taking a long time now because it means the Browns are searching for a strong candidate of the level that is considered for head coaching gigs in the NFL. That was my dream when the Browns hired Shurmur. I wanted him to have extremely experienced coordinators on both sides of the ball to support him on his maiden voyage into the head coaches headset. Maybe the Browns offense would have struggled just the same with an offensive equivalent of Dick Jauron running the offense. We’ll never know for sure, but the hope is that some of the gameday gaffes might have been avoided without an overwhelmed first-time head coach.
The delay in hiring hopefully means good things for the Browns hiring process this time around. When the word first came down that the Browns would be hiring an offensive coordinator this year, I half-expected them to just hire a new quarterbacks coach and give a promotion from within. That kind of move would leave any of us skeptical I think. I don’t want to speak of it as if it isn’t a possibility because you just never know, but right now I’m hoping for the alternative.
So we wait.
Mike Sherman is interviewing with the Bucs for a second time. Brad Childress is pretty heavily linked to Indianapolis right now, at least on Twitter. The Browns previously hired 56-year-old Sherman disciple Nolan Cromwell to coach their receivers. So, we’ll see. I am still holding out hope for a strong candidate that can allow Shurmur to grow in his second year on the job.
He needs to. Shurmur had a suspect rookie season in the job. There were some built-in excuses, but those will have expired long ago by the time we get to training camp this season.
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