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Browns May Hire Gil Haskell

SEATTLE - 2008:  Gil Haskell of the Seattle Seahawks poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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gary wertmanCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2010

Mike Holmgren is close to hiring former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator, Gil Haskell, as an adviser to  Holmgren. Haskell who’s 66, has worked for Holmgren in both Green Bay and Seattle as both a position coach and an offensive coordinator. It is assumed Haskell will have a lot of input regarding the Browns off season decision making on the offensive side of the ball.

If Haskell does indeed join the Browns, it looks more and more like Cleveland will be running some version of the west coast offense. It also makes me wonder if current offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll, will be on a short leash.

It sure appears as if Holmgren fully intends to reshape Cleveland’s offense, which ranked near the bottom of the NFL in every offensive statistic except rushing yards. Both Daboll and Eric Mangini need all the help they can get putting together a stronger offense and it looks like Holmgren intends to give them the tools they need.

One major tool still not in place is a quarterback. Whether Holmgren, general manager Tom Heckert and now Haskell feel Brady Quinn can be that QB is still unclear. One thing is for sure, the new Browns management team brings a lot of experience and should be able to find their QB.

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