July 24, 2014

Browns could consider Callahan, Loggains for OC opening; Cameron out

With the late hire of new Browns coach Mike Pettine, serious concern has been expressed by many about the ability for the Browns to hire quality, experienced coordinators so late in the offseason hiring process. There are still some names, however, out there with previous offensive coordinator experience, and the Browns are reportedly taking a look at a few of them.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer, the Browns were considering LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron for their offensive coordinator vacancy. She adds that Dowell Loggains is also under consideration for the same position.

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Cameron, however, is reportedly staying put at LSU.

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Albert Breer of NFL Network adds that should Dallas add a new coach to their offensive playcalling situation, current offensive coordinator Bill Callahan could become available. Breer additionally says that Loggains could be in the mix for the Browns QB coach.

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Loggains, 33, was the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator for the past two seasons under Mike Munchak. He had been with the team since 2008 as a offensive quality control coach and quarterbacks coach prior to getting the OC job. He was dismissed when the team hired Ken Whisenhunt this month. In his two seasons as offensive coordinator, the Titans ranked 26th and 22nd in yardage and 23rd and 19th in points.

Callahan, 57, has the prior head coaching experience that many are seeking to pair with Pettine. In his first season, Callahan led the Raiders to the Super Bowl, falling to Jon Gruden’s Buccaneers. Many have pointed out that the team Callahan inherited was virtually built by Gruden himself. In his second season, the team went 4-12, and he was terminated. He also coached at the college level, leading Nebraska to a 27-22 record and a 1-1 bowl record in four seasons in Lincoln. Callahan has been the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in Dallas for the past two seasons, and he also was OC in Oakland for four seasons before taking the head gig.

As for defensive coordinator, it seems the Browns are in a waiting game still on Buffalo for the services of linebackers coach Jim O’Neil. O’Neil was with Pettine in New York as well as an assistant defensive backs coach for all four seasons he was there. If that doesn’t pan out and Buffalo blocks him from interviewing, they may look to Ravens inside linebackers coach Don “Wink” Martindale, who was defensive coordinator in Denver in 2010.

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Related: Mike Pettine’s arrival likely means an upgrade at inside linebacker

Rob Chudzinski On The Way Out?

Rob ChudzinskiWith all of the transgressions that followed the completion of the 2008 Browns season, one person who seemed to fly under the “blame radar” was offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.  Chud appeared to be the savior following last season and even was able to pick an apple of the (now seemingly very generous) contract extension tree.  After all, he turned our former backup quarterback into a Pro Bowler. 

After the opening day massacre against the Steelers, Chud was the Anne Sullivan of Cleveland football.

Well, if any of the currently circulating rumors are true, Chud may also be in the group that will be collecting money from the Browns while not actually working for them. [Read more...]