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Cleveland Browns Hire Kyle Shanahan As New Offensive Coordinator

The Cleveland Browns have completed their rebuild for 2014 by hiring their new offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan.


One would be hard-pressed to find an NFL team that has undergone so many rebuilding projects over the past decade more than the Cleveland Browns. With their decision to leave the city after the 1995 season and subsequent reinstallation in 1999, they have been in a state of flux for the past decade and a half. In 2012, the Browns hired what looked like an All-Star coaching staff with Rob Chudzinski at the helm, Norv Turner guiding the offense and Ray Horton charged with the defense.

A year later, all three are gone. After hiring Doug Pettine as their new head coach and Jim O'Neil as their defensive coordinator, they have rounded out their staff with the hiring of former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, per multiple reports. Shanahan was the toast of Capitol Hill with Robert Griffin III's rookie campaign, but he and his father fell out of favor after a disastrous 2013 season.

It will be interesting to see if Shanahan's hiring signals another quarterback change in Cleveland. Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden didn't get the job done and many believe that their No.4 overall pick will likely be one of the top players in this year's draft class. Texas A & M's Johnny Manziel is a name that has been linked to them early in the draft process.

The news of his signing a contract comes a couple of days after the rumors broke out on the two sides coming to a verbal agreement. Given Shanahan's limited success in the read-option system ran by RG3, they might want a quarterback that can run that system.