As the Cleveland Browns continue to search for an offensive coordinator, the best candidate for the job may be no offensive coordinator at all.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Browns have hired Mark Whipple (pictured) to serve as quarterbacks coach, a step that’s being interpreted as an indication that the Browns won’t have a traditional coordinator to run the offense.
Whipple, who served as quarterbacks coach in Pittsburgh before heading to the college ranks, wasn’t retained by the University of Miami in the wake of the Randy Shannon firing. Whipple also was considered to be a finalist for the Connecticut job.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur, who served as offensive coordinator in St. Louis during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, has said he’ll call the plays in Cleveland. That reality necessarily makes the job less attractive to a candidate who would be hoping to truly run the offense.
The only potential concern is that Shurmur may be stretched too thin. If he is, he can always rely on team president Mike Holmgren to lend a hand. Especially since Holmgren seems to be eager to have more involvement in the coaching function in 2011.