April 18, 2014

NFL Report: Falcons’ Koetter takes name out of coaching pool, signs extension

Dirk Koetter has decided to stay with the Atlanta Falcons, at least through next season.

The OC was on many lists for head coaching interviews, including the Browns reportedly. From Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez-

“Atlanta finished the season with a franchise-record average of 281.8 passing yards a game as the Falcons went 13-3 to secure the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed. Koetter made the decision after meeting Tuesday with Kansas City Chiefs management about the chance to replace the fired Romeo Crennel. The Chiefs also interviewed special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, a source told FOXSports.com.

Armstrong met Tuesday night with Chicago about their head-coaching vacancy as well, a source told FOXSports.com. As first reported Monday by FOXSports.com, Koetter also was set to interview with Philadelphia and Cleveland. Koetter, 53, interviewed with the Denver Broncos last January before they hired John Fox.”

[Related: Kelly is Browns' clear #1 choice]

Browns “Endorsing” Pat Shurmur Becomes “Hot Seat” Headline

Sunday morning’s Plain Dealer ran a story by Mary Kay Cabot on first year head coach Pat Shurmur and his status in the the locker room and in Berea. As the Browns have struggled over the first half of the season, particularly on offense, much of the frustration has been directed at Shurmur. He has handled the press like a rookie coach at times but more importantly, on the field, Shurmur’s offense has been overmatched. Just last week, there were discussions in NFL circles about the offense being the “joke around the league.” Since Week 1, when the Bengals pulled the old snap the ball while the defense is in the huddle trick, Browns fans voiced concerns about Shurmur’s ability to handle head coaching duties and run the offense.

Those who would like to put these questions and concerns aside argue that he’s only coached half a season. That seems sensible, and Cabot’s article quotes both coaches and players on both sides of the ball who support Shurmur and his ability to turn the team around.

It’s a somewhat innocuous article, providing “endorsement” quotes in response to the many frustrations and questions noted above. But at 3-5, having coached only 8 games, is it anything more than frustration at this point? ESPN headline writers seem to think so, as they went with “Is Browns’ Shurmur on the hot seat?” [Read more...]

Browns Could Go Without Offensive Coordinator

According to reports by Mary Kay Cabot announcing the hiring of quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple, it was noted that the Browns might go without an offensive coordinator.  I won’t say that this is my worst nightmares realized, but it gives me pause.

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Coaches Are Made, Not Hired

(Update: The hiring of Pat Shurmur is official)

As the Browns are reportedly on the verge of hiring Pat Shurmur to be their next head coach, most Cleveland fans don’t get it.

The hand-wringing and sniping reminds me of all that TV footage of Jets fans complaining about their team’s draft picks live on TV over the years.  Point being, just because you don’t know anything about Shurmur doesn’t mean that he isn’t the right guy for the job.

“But he doesn’t have a track record that we can look at like Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher!”  Neither did Mike Tomlin or John Harbaugh to name two men who we see a combined four times per year.

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