Updates from Monday, Feb. 3
On Monday night the Browns made it official, Kyle Shanahan will be the offensive coordinator for the 2014 season:
Kyle Shanahan's tenure as offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins certainly didn't end well, but all signs point to the son of two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Mike Shanahan landing on his feet in Cleveland.
According to ESPN.com, the Cleveland Browns are expected to hire the younger Shanahan as offensive coordinator under new head coach Mike Pettine.
The news was confirmed by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com had more details on Shanahan's deal:
Pettine, who served as the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator this past season, was officially named Cleveland's new head coach on Jan. 23. Pettine is still in the process of hiring his staff, and Shanahan would unquestionably be a key addition.
Per the ESPN.com report, there are still interviews to come for the offensive coordinator position, but a team source rates Shanahan quite highly.
We have interviewed four people. (The) plan now is still to interview either one or two more. Would be surprised if that changes. He did well, and has a real chance, but others have also done well.
Following the Redskins' spectacular 2012 season, which included an NFC East title, Shanahan became a hot head coaching prospect. His innovative offense was perfectly tailored to quarterback Robert Griffin III, and many considered it to be revolutionary.
What a difference a year makes, however. Griffin simply wasn't the same after suffering a knee injury in the 2012 playoffs, and the Redskins ended up finishing a disappointing 3-13. Shanahan was a victim of circumstance as his father was fired from his post, but there is reason to believe he can still be a great coordinator.
Shanahan went from toast of the town to whipping boy over the course of one season, but he obviously did something right in 2012 en route to the top of the pedestal.
It is no secret the Browns are in the market for a quarterback, as the triumvirate of Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer doesn't exactly inspire thoughts of playoff runs. With the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft, a pair of mobile quarterbacks in Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles are options.
Johnny Football would be particularly intriguing since he compares favorably to RG3 in terms of size and skill set. If Shanahan ultimately signs on, then Manziel-to-Cleveland rumors will surely heat up as well.
Shanahan was initially expected to be part of the rival Baltimore Ravens staff, but that apparently fell through, according to Rapoport:
A clean slate and an opportunity to run the offense in Cleveland is likely a more attractive option for Shanahan, especially since he may be able to replicate the success he had with the Redskins in 2012.
Browns fans are hungry for some success, so Shanahan will definitely be under pressure if he indeed accepts the job, but there's nothing he can't handle after his experience in Washington.
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