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Brad Childress won’t call the plays in Cleveland

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We don’t know who will take snaps at quarterback for the Browns next year. We do know who will call the plays: The same guy that called them last year.

Pat Shurmur said Wednesday that he will remain the team’s playcaller, while new offensive coordinator Brad Childress will assist Shurmur on gamedays in the booth.

Playcalling ability is probably an overrated skill in the NFL and Shurmur understandably doesn’t want to give up one of the most fun parts of the job. That’s only a problem if a head coach that also calls plays struggles in game management on Sundays.

It’s hard to evaluate Shurmur’s rookie season, but we can say without question that he struggled with clock and game management aspects of the job.

While we’re talking Browns offense, we also wanted to pass along Childress’ message about Robert Griffin III. Childress was asked if Griffin could fit the West Coast offense.

“Don’t think you hesitate if think he’s guy you’re looking for,” Childress said.

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  1. trbowman says: Feb 22, 2012 4:04 PM

    Tannehill is a perfect fit there, tremendous accuracy. Complete package.

  2. duece5 says: Feb 22, 2012 4:05 PM

    You mean he won’t call THE PLAY. He only had one page in his KAO…..with one play on it……Favre called the plays when he was here, and our offense took off.

    So, don’t be surprised by that move Browns fans!!

    Hey maybe he will bring the other page that says: “This page left intentionally blank!”

  3. sonvar says: Feb 22, 2012 4:18 PM

    Not that different than when he was in Philly. Reid primarily called offensive plays while Childress was there. It was a major reason I questioned why the Vikings would hire him as head coach.

  4. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Feb 22, 2012 4:19 PM

    How will he be able to implement his kick ass offense without calling plays?

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 22, 2012 4:19 PM

    Not gonna be much of a kicka$$ offense without chilly calling the plays…

  6. benh999 says: Feb 22, 2012 4:22 PM

    “Don’t think you hesitate if think he’s guy you’re looking for,” Childress said.
    ———-
    Huh?

  7. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 22, 2012 4:27 PM

    “Don’t think you hesitate if think he’s guy you’re looking for,” Childress said.
    _________

    I forget, did Childress play Frankenstein, Tarzan, or Tonto?

  8. cdaws84 says: Feb 22, 2012 4:28 PM

    “Don’t think you hesitate if think he’s guy you’re looking for,”

    Was he drunk….

  9. ohiodarin says: Feb 22, 2012 4:29 PM

    “Don’t think you hesitate if think he’s guy you’re looking for,” Childress said.

    Did he say this with a Chinese accent?

  10. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 22, 2012 4:32 PM

    Hey, Chilly. Instead of drafting your franchise quarterback at #4 overall, why don’t you wait, use your second round choice to take a center who was projected to go in the sixth round, move him to a position he’s never played, then trade back into the second round to get your franchise quarterback? That draft plan worked real well in Minnesota.

  11. bensstinkyfingers says: Feb 22, 2012 4:32 PM

    I was looking forward to seeing Chilly strolling on the sidelines. Sounds like Shurmer is a bit of a control freak, after last years showing, you would think the guy would want to take some pressure off himself. Childress gets too hang out in the heated booth eating Nachos, hopefully He’ll at least be managing the clock for the Shurminator.

  12. savocabol1 says: Feb 22, 2012 4:33 PM

    Perfect, play calling was one of the top areas the Browns were terrible at. Great work team!

  13. kevinfromth says: Feb 22, 2012 4:41 PM

    Man, if you’re not allowed to call the plays in Cleveland, how far away are you from coaching junior high?

  14. elroyjetsson says: Feb 22, 2012 4:48 PM

    “Playcalling ability is probably an overrated skill in the NFL”

    Are you kidding with that quote? I’m without Speech, as Costanza would say

  15. Bo Darville says: Feb 22, 2012 4:57 PM

    Too bad Childress won’t be calling the plays. He specialized in the one yard pass to Tahi in Minnesota. It was quite effective.

  16. nineroutsider says: Feb 22, 2012 5:00 PM

    ohiodarin says: Feb 22, 2012 4:29 PM

    “Don’t think you hesitate if think he’s guy you’re looking for,” Childress said.

    Did he say this with a Chinese accent?
    ———————————————————–
    So that’s how to get a comment like this through, don’t rip Gregg directly. Sorry PFT, just thought it was a little pathetic, that’s all. I mean if you write for a living…

  17. clownsfan says: Feb 22, 2012 5:02 PM

    I don’t like Shurmur. I don’t like all this talk of blowin’ the whole draft for a glorified Josh Cribbs. Nor am I impressed w/anything Holmgren has brought to the table. Bottom line, this new regime had better start makin’ things happen. Sooo tired of the same old garbage year in/year out.

  18. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 22, 2012 5:03 PM

    ohiodarin says:
    Feb 22, 2012 4:29 PM
    “Don’t think you hesitate if think he’s guy you’re looking for,” Childress said.

    Did he say this with a Chinese accent?
    __________

    Guys have been fired recently for comments less controversial than that.

  19. jesse1834 says: Feb 22, 2012 5:28 PM

    Sweet one yard outs and handoffs to tightends.

  20. tjacks7 says: Feb 22, 2012 5:36 PM

    Please don’t let Chilly ruin RG3′s career.

  21. emmac13 says: Feb 22, 2012 5:58 PM

    Old news.

  22. bigred12 says: Feb 22, 2012 6:42 PM

    too bad browns fans will miss out on his “kick-ass” offense

  23. favresgrundle says: Feb 22, 2012 7:06 PM

    12 men in the huddle…….NEVER FORGET

  24. firerogergoodell says: Feb 22, 2012 7:07 PM

    He will no longer be known as “Chilly”. From now on, he will be known as “The Cleveland Steamer”.

  25. vavikingfan says: Feb 22, 2012 7:07 PM

    The Cleveland fans don’t know what they’ll be missing

  26. wozzmann1955 says: Feb 22, 2012 7:26 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 22, 2012 4:27 PM

    “Don’t think you hesitate if think he’s guy you’re looking for,” Childress said.
    _________

    I forget, did Childress play Frankenstein, Tarzan, or Tonto?
    ==================================
    Neither of the 3,,he plays Squidward on Spongebobsquarepants

  27. lbcoach34 says: Feb 22, 2012 7:27 PM

    Maybe Shurmur pass along the overall management of the team to Chilly or Jauron or Rhodes or anyone with more clout than him.

  28. bigzant82 says: Feb 22, 2012 7:38 PM

    the factory of sadness continues

  29. ispysomething7 says: Feb 22, 2012 10:07 PM

    Maybe Chilly will become the head coach and Shurmur will become the OC?

  30. Ryan says: Feb 22, 2012 10:33 PM

    “Don’t think you hesitate if think he’s guy you’re looking for,” Childress said.

    so was Childress drunk when making that statement, or was Rosenthal drunk while typing it?

  31. vikingdoode says: Feb 22, 2012 10:53 PM

    KAOooooooonooooooooo

  32. dobberdubinsky says: Feb 23, 2012 5:23 AM

    It’s hard to believe that after the horrific coaching stint Chilly had in Minnesota that anyone, the Browns included, offered him an NFL contract. He runs a predictable boring offense, is brutal game manager and can’t even figure out how many players should be on the field……at least the Browns know one thing and that’s that he should be nowhere near the field.

  33. dawglbfan says: Feb 23, 2012 1:53 PM

    Browns can stay put and get Griffen at 4; St. Louis has to realize if they trade back with Washington Cleveland will take Blakmon. Free agency will tell everything if the Redskins take Flynn it will all fall into our lap.

  34. timb289 says: Feb 24, 2012 9:01 AM

    And so we are almost coming around full circle once again. Another bad coach making bad decisions and we will be starting over with a new head coach at the latest 2013 season. This bar far has to prove that Mike Holmgren is the worst to allow this.

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