Browns hire Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator according to reports

The on-again, off-again prospects of Kyle Shanahan with the Browns appear to be on for real this time. Alex Marvez reports via his sources that the Browns have made Shanahan the offensive coordinator for Mike Pettine’s Cleveland Browns.

While many more details of what Kyle Shanahan is going to do need to come forth, it seems like a pretty good hire from the outside. In Shanahan, the Browns are getting a candidate with good experience, despite being just 34 years-old.

[See: Browns to interview Kyle Shanahan for offensive coordinator job]

Shanahan obviously had a foot in the door via his father, Mike Shanahan, but he’s got a lot of stops since starting his coaching career in 2003. He’s been in offensive coaching and staff positions with the Buccaneers, Texans, and finally alongside his dad with the Redskins. Shanahan’s been an offensive coordinator since the Texans gave him the gig in 2008.

Obviously, nothing on a resume can prove that he’ll be successful in Cleveland. The all-important quarterback questions have helped to overmatch every other offensive coordinator in Cleveland since 1999, and it won’t be any different for Shanahan. So, whether it’s helping Brian Hoyer become the real deal, bringing along a drafted rookie or some combination of the two, Shanahan’s success will ultimately ride on that QB.

But as Cleveland fans, you already knew that.

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  • john s

    Another re-boot for the browns. lets wait and see. go browns

  • Eric G

    I like it. First hire this year I’ve been moderately happy about

  • john s

    How do you feel about sticking with the qb’s that we have and go after a Sammy Watkins type of player?

  • Toddyus

    Given Pettine’s defensive background, this is probably the best hire available.

  • Matthew Grant Anson

    Bad, quarterback position is so lacking and there’s enough receiver depth in the draft that I think one has to come before the other even though both are necessary.

  • Matthew Grant Anson

    I like it, I like the stats that he’s put up with key guys in Washington. If anything, I think he at least won’t hinder the offense. Like the piece says, it’s all going to come down to the QB and if there is success there, this hire makes it feel like it won’t be in spite of Shanahan.

  • woofersus

    Depends on what quarterbacks are available when we pick and how we feel about them. We HAVE to get a quarterback this offseason, and it will most likely be in the first round, but I can’t say I’d feel all that disappointed to hear Watkins’ name called from the podium. That guy is a serious playmaker.

  • john s

    Do you like Manziel?

  • john s

    Yes or no on Manziel

  • The_Real_Shamrock


  • john s

    Real Shamrock, who do you like

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m not sold on any of the QBs in this draft but if you forced me to pick one it would probably be Teddy Bridgewater. I personally prefer to use that #4 elsewhere or, even as much as I never like it, possibly trading down and getting a QB maybe two later in the draft. But it really depends on what happens picks 1-3. The one thing I don’t want to see is them trade up to select a QB.

  • john s

    I hear what you’re saying. I just don’t want them to reach for a qb. This new regime with all these picks, worries me a bit. They have to get it right when it comes to the qb.

  • DJ

    To me, this is the worst hire possible. I watched the Redskins over the last two years, mostly because I lived in DC, and that offense was an absolute disaster. And it regressed severely. Combined with the fact that there have been no shortage of entitlement issues rumors involving him and his dad, to me this is a classic one step forward, two steps backwards Browns move.

    I hope I’m wrong, but I hate this hire with a passion.


  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m not excited by any means but we don’t have a choice other then to be optimistic at this point. Honestly they haven’t done one thing to make me feel like they know what they are doing in a year so why should it change now>?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m pretty sure they will be reaching all we can do is hope for the first time since 1999 that they get it right. Suffice it to say I don’t like their chances based on the last year under new owner Jimmy Haslam but we’ll see what happens.

  • john s

    Think about it. We haven’t had a legit qb since Kosar. You would think we would find one by accident. Always missing on picks. Manning was drafted in 98. That’s a franchise player. When you can have a player stick around that long and be so productive year in and year out. I hope they can find someone close to that.

  • woofersus

    Man, I really don’t know. I need to watch more tape on him, and maybe see how the combine goes. He’s electrifying on the field at times, but he’s not going to be able to run as much in the NFL, so he’s going to have to rely more on his arm. I’m not all that worried about the off-field drama last year because by all accounts he’s a good teammate, a hard worker, and a fiery competitor, but I am worried about his ability to make pre-snap reads, and deliver the ball on time. He was able to toss it up and hope a lot in the last two years, as a lot of college qb’s are when they defense’s secondary is over-matched physically. We know he can extend the play, but can he read a defense? Can he make all the throws? Drafting him would be both exciting and terrifying.

  • Matthew Grant Anson

    I like Manziel a lot but with the idea that Bridgewater will be gone before our pick. If both are there I think we have to go with Bridgewater, I just don’t think that’s going to happen. I would be happy with either of them.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    There really isn’t anything they have done right since 1999 starting with the QB position. You don’t even have to remind me about Manning I mean Indianapolis goes from him to Luck and only has to suffer for one season. Oh well.

  • Lunch

    I think Shanahan might be a 1 year hire until a better OC comes along. I’m curious to see if he won’t act like a spoiled brat under Pettine.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    At this point with this franchise anything is possible. At this point so much has gone wrong and frankly there doesn’t seem much to be overly excited about that I’ve just given up sounding the alarm bells. It is what it is!

  • RGB

    I heard Tommy Prothro was on the list…

  • TNB

    I think everyone can tell that with a year where RG3 comes off an injury, after being run roughshod for almost nothing, you’d expect regression. Especially not starting him at the end of the year as well. The redskins had a bad luck year, similar to the browns, that I don’t think reflects poorly on the offensive coaching staff. Shanahan, for his credit, has done well in the league where people consistently flame out. He has experience to bring to the table and is honestly the best possible candidate outside of a Kubiak type. Its always worth it to take a flyer and see how he can help improve, and if not you move on after next year with Pettine being a little more knowledgeable and situations a little more solid.

  • thenoclist

    Paving the way for Kirk Cousins to the Browns? Cousins throwing to Gordon and Watkins would be a good stop gap while we wait for an actual franchise QB.

  • mgbode

    is Cousins any better than Hoyer? I don’t think either is the answer and I’d rather try to find that answer now.

  • Pat Leonard

    I think folks are underestimating just how much Mike Pettine is going to be involved in the offensive game planning. He may not be calling plays during the game, but he’ll be designing some plays and setting expectations for what he wants accomplished. I don’t believe you’ll see a situation where the offense is Kyle Shanahan’s and the defense is Mike Pettine’s. To an extent, they will both be Pettine’s. I think that was the biggest reason Kubiak went for the Ravens’ job, even more so than coaching for a winning organization… that offense is going to be entirely his because John Harbaugh is going to butt out.