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BRAD CHILDRESS ARRIVES AT CLEVELAND
Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:10 AM EST

Pat Shurmur brought in a best friend to assist him build Cleveland’s broken offense.

Shurmur hired former Minnesota coach Brad Childress as his 1st offensive coordinator on Friday, reuniting two coaches who spent 7 seasons together on Andy Reid’s staff with the Philadelphia Eagles. NFL lines

The Browns confirmed Childress’ employment with a announcement that did not add any quotes.

Childress, who spent virtually 5 seasons with the Vikings before he was discharged in 2010, will try to accommodate the Browns’ joyless offense, which scored just 218 points past season, finished 29th in entire yardage, 28th in rushing and 24th in passing. He’ll also have input in the team’s urgent decision at starting quarterback – a choice that could hit the club for a while.

Childress, 55-year-old was a logical selection to join the Browns, who went 4-12 in their 1st season under Shurmur.

Besides to being limited with Shurmur, Childress is informed with the West Coast offense the Browns established last year and he’s represented by agent Bob Lamonte, who also has Shurmur and Browns executive director Mike Holmgren as customers.

Shurmur juggled two boss coach and coordinator duties during a troublesome 1st season in Cleveland. It’s thought Shurmur will at first call Cleveland’s plays coming season but he is planning to turn details over to Childress, who latterly interviewed for Tampa Bay’s head coaching role. Childress has just one season – 2006 – of expertise calling plays.

Childress is the 3rd former NFL head coach on Shurmur’s personnel, joining defensive coordinator Dick Jauron and senior defensive assistant Ray Rhodes. NFL betting lines

Childress was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator from 2003-2005 when Shurmur coached the Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks. While he was with the Eagles, Childress went to 3 straight NFC title games and the Super Bowl in 2004.

Shurmur was asked about Childress during his season-ending news conference on January 3.

“I know Brad extremely good,” Shurmur said. “He and I worked together for a long time. He is a superb coach.”

Childress went 39-35 in 4-plus seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, twice leading them to the playoffs and progressing 1-2.

Minnesota won division titles in 2008 and 2009, when the Minnesota Vikings made it to the NFC title game with quarterback Brett Favre, whom Childress had awesomely picked up at the airfield. But after a 3-7 start in 2010, Childress was dismissed by owner Zygi Wilf one day after the Vikings were blown out at home by opponent Green Bay.

The Browns planned contracting an offensive coordinator before past season but didn’t approach an appropriate solicitor.

Holmgren recommended Shurmur keep play-calling duties to manage the offense and develop a better bond with second-year quarterback Colt McCoy. Shurmur, though, appeared fascinated at times as the Browns had some communication breakdowns and time-management issues.

The attachment of Childress might release Shurmur in the week as he accommodates for games.

“I believe what it’ll do is let me simply step back and look down one some things in some areas that I might be capable to assist more,” Shurmur related after the season. “That’s a key piece.”


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