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Browns could consider Callahan, Loggains for OC opening; Cameron out

With the late hire of new Browns coach Mike Pettine, serious concern has been expressed by many about the ability for the Browns to hire quality, experienced coordinators so late in the offseason hiring process. There are still some names, however, out there with previous offensive coordinator experience, and the Browns are reportedly taking a look at a few of them.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer, the Browns were considering LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron for their offensive coordinator vacancy. She adds that Dowell Loggains is also under consideration for the same position.

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Cameron, however, is reportedly staying put at LSU.

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Albert Breer of NFL Network adds that should Dallas add a new coach to their offensive playcalling situation, current offensive coordinator Bill Callahan could become available. Breer additionally says that Loggains could be in the mix for the Browns QB coach.

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Loggains, 33, was the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator for the past two seasons under Mike Munchak. He had been with the team since 2008 as a offensive quality control coach and quarterbacks coach prior to getting the OC job. He was dismissed when the team hired Ken Whisenhunt this month. In his two seasons as offensive coordinator, the Titans ranked 26th and 22nd in yardage and 23rd and 19th in points.

Callahan, 57, has the prior head coaching experience that many are seeking to pair with Pettine. In his first season, Callahan led the Raiders to the Super Bowl, falling to Jon Gruden’s Buccaneers. Many have pointed out that the team Callahan inherited was virtually built by Gruden himself. In his second season, the team went 4-12, and he was terminated. He also coached at the college level, leading Nebraska to a 27-22 record and a 1-1 bowl record in four seasons in Lincoln. Callahan has been the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in Dallas for the past two seasons, and he also was OC in Oakland for four seasons before taking the head gig.

As for defensive coordinator, it seems the Browns are in a waiting game still on Buffalo for the services of linebackers coach Jim O’Neil. O’Neil was with Pettine in New York as well as an assistant defensive backs coach for all four seasons he was there. If that doesn’t pan out and Buffalo blocks him from interviewing, they may look to Ravens inside linebackers coach Don “Wink” Martindale, who was defensive coordinator in Denver in 2010.

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Related: Mike Pettine’s arrival likely means an upgrade at inside linebacker

  • mgbode

    Word is…

    Now that phrase brings back memories.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    All these rumored candidates sound terrifyingly average.

  • FearTheRoo

    …so perfect for the Browns.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Unfortunately, we ASPIRE to terrifyingly average. This must be waaay out of our league.

  • Natedawg86

    Like 8-8 average or 4.5 win average

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Sadly, either is an improvement.

  • Kildawg

    Bird is the word!- Surfin’ Bird

  • Kildawg

    Perhaps going all relatively obscure would work here. Having (at least) that “one big name” and the “hot coaching prospect” hasn’t worked out like us fans have wanted it to. Perhaps Haslam, Banner, and co. would have this old adage come true after all: Slow and steady wins the race.

  • mgbode

    I was thinking more Roger Brown

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Average is being optimistic if you ask me. Maybe this time the devil we don’t know will be the answer although to say I’m pessimistic would be an understatement.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    This is exactly what I meant above but I’m still a pessimist.

  • MallaLubba

    I am praying for Wink Martindale: oh, the Tic Tac Dough and Joker’s Wild jokes that could be had. I can’t wait!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Kubiak to be OC for Baltimore.