Cleveland Browns Hire Two New Coaches, Will Likely Go Sans Offensive Coordinator

Brandon SommersCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2011

PITTSBURGH - 2005:  Mark Whipple of the Pittsburgh Steelers poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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Adam Schefter reported today that a league source told him the Browns hired Mark Whipple and Bill Davis to coach the quarterbacks and the linebackers respectively.

Whipple served as offensive coordinator for the Miami Hurricanes last season. He was previously an offensive assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles and the quarterbacks coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers before that.

While with the Steelers, he was instrumental in the development of Ben Roethlisberger.

Whipple worked with head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Whipple was also the head coach at UMass in 1998 when they won the Division I-AA national championship.

It's been widely reported that new head coach Pat Shurmur plans on calling the offensive plays next season. With the hire of Whipple, it's now being reported that the Browns feel there is enough play-calling experience between he and Shurmur that they won't need to hire a new offensive coordinator.

Bill Davis has been an NFL assistant for 19 years, including a season as the Browns linebackers coach in 1999. His father was also formerly the Browns vice president of player personnel.

Davis, who has coached with eight different NFL teams, was most recently the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals.

Overall, both of these are solid hires with plenty of NFL experience. The Browns continue to hire coaches who are connected to Mike Holmgren, Tom Heckert or Pat Shurmur in some way. The familiarity should help ease the transition to a new coaching staff and new systems.

Perhaps the biggest news here is that the Browns plan to move forward without an offensive coordinator. This is sure to be a controversial decision among Browns fans.

There has already been a large amount of criticism from the fanbase of the Pat Shurmur hire. Many have already started to make Josh McDaniels comparisons.

Fair or unfair, Shurmur is setting himself up for even stronger criticism should the offense struggle next season.