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Brad Childress Hired to Run Offense for Browns

The Browns have a new offensive coordinator – and he’s already pretty tight with coach Pat Shurmur.

Shurmur hired former Minnesota coach Brad Childress as his first offensive coordinator on Friday, reuniting two coaches who spent seven seasons together on Andy Reid’s staff with the Eagles.

Childress spent nearly five seasons with the Vikings before he was fired in 2010. He’ll take over a Browns offense that scored just 218 points last season, finished 29th in yardage, 28th in rushing and 24th in passing.

Shurmur served as both head coach and coordinator during his first season in Cleveland. It’s not yet known if Childress, who recently interviewed for Tampa Bay’s head coaching job, will call plays for Shurmur.

The 55-year-old Childress was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator from 2003-05 when Shurmur coached the Eagles quarterbacks. While he was with the Eagles, Childress went to three straight NFC title games and the Super Bowl in 2004.

Childress went 39-35 in four-plus seasons with the Vikings, taking them to the playoffs three times.

He was fired after 10 games in 2010, one season after he famously picked up quarterback Brett Favre at the airport, received a contract extension and came within a field goal of reaching the Super Bowl.



  1. MJ

    January 28, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Very good hire. Childress has a great record as a college and pro OC and QB coach. I’ve seen Browns fans complaining about this hire on other sites. I don’t think any fair evaluation of Childress’ record as an OC – the position he was hired for – could conclude he’s not been effective. This could really help McCoy (if the Browns give him another year) or in developing RG3 if we go that route.If we had the smae kind of success they had in Philly with McNabb that Childress was a big part of, I’d be thrilled.

    I’ll come back here and eat my words if I’m wrong, but everything – our draft picks, free agency potential, 2nd year in the WC system, new OC, full off-season/training camp – point to a quantum-leap in improvement next year.

    Optimistic? Yes, I am.

  2. Dan B.

    January 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Shurmur has already said he will still call the plays. So much for an OC, title only, maybe Holmgren and Shurmur are getting kickbacks from their agent, all three, Holmgren, Shumur and Childress all have the same agent. So another year of a head coach who couldn’t call a game to save his life. Should have hired some other teams DC, they all knew our offense better than Shurmur did!

  3. Denolakes

    February 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    We will see where this goes. This season will be the tell-tale of where this team is really at. I don’t see them making a run for RGIII. If Hillis returns, I see OL, DE, WR and OLB. Might be able to find a CB and another WR in FA.

  4. Boo3legs

    February 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

    What people forget, or more likely neglect to look at is the Browns had 14 rookies on the roster last year and 29 players with 2 years experience or less. This is a very young team and they played like it, but to give up on them and to give up on the coaching staff when you look at the numbers of young players just doesn’t make sense to me. They are growing and will continue to grow into a very tight knit nucleus we can all be proud of. Don’t give up yet, there are good things coming.

    • Denolakes

      February 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Not just the numbers — but they were on the field. A team cannot go from retreads to youth and expect it to rise from the ashes overnight.

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