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Shurmur will be his own OC in Cleveland

Posted on: February 11, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: February 11, 2011 11:55 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

When the Browns hired Mark Whipple as their quarterbacks coach, it was assumed that new head coach Pat Shurmur would call his own plays on offense.

That assumption was correct -- and Shurmur confirmed as much at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards (presumably a very short program, ba-dump-chish).

"I think it's going to stay that way [without a coordinator]," he said via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "I will actually take that role and then we have quite a few very accomplished coaches on offense."

Calling one's own plays on offense is a fairly tricky proposition. It can certainly work (see: Andy Reid's success) but it can also create an enormous amount of pressure on a coach that distracts them from other important things (see: Andy Reid's challenges).

"I feel like we've hired a terrific staff and everybody on this staff has roles and issues of the day," Shurmur said. "I feel really good about how we've structured things and I think it's going to work well."

The reality is that even though Reid -- and others -- call their own plays, they typically have an offensive coordinator on hand. Shurmur will have Whipple, of course, but he won't have someone directly responsible for the offense outside of himself.

That's great news if the Browns can succeed on that side of the ball. And, considering he has an offensive guru in Mike Holmgren as his boss, quite bad if they don't.

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Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2011 11:58 am
 

Shurmur will be his own OC in Cleveland

assemble a Super bowl winning coaching staff better the Mike Holmgren.(who btw has done it twice in different cities)



Not to harp, but Pittsburgh did beat the Holmgren coached Seahawks in the Super Bowl.  Holmgren did lead 2 different teams to the Super Bowl, like Bill Parcells, but only won it with Green Bay.



Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Shurmur will be his own OC in Cleveland

I am a bit surprised by this, but so far I have a hard time criticizing this management team.  I think they have the organization heading in the righ direction.  Certainly last year was the greatest influx of talent through the draft since the mid 80's.  I hope it works out for the best.  I believe Jauron will have more authority of the defense than most DCs in the league.  That will allow Shurmur to focus more on the offense.

They have a lot of work to do.  They need OL help, WR help, and multiple players on every level of the defense.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Shurmur will be his own OC in Cleveland

Robpaul, it's ignorant goons like you that make me laugh.  I bet you're not bitter about Ohio State working over the Canes' in the National Championship a few years ago. Of course you know how to assemble a Super bowl winning coaching staff better the Mike Holmgren.(who btw has done it twice in different cities)

It's not hard to see why Holmgren did this.  It's a waste of money.  Shurmur has made it clear he's calling the plays.  No top- tier Offensive Coordinator would want to give up play calling duties.  Why sign a no name coach to OC when you can give him the WR coach job for at least $100k less?  It's called smart team management, dumbazz. 




Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Shurmur will be his own OC in Cleveland

Another stellar decision by the Browns - they might be the dumbest organization in the league.  Just when you think they are putting the thing together correctly - they make boneheaded decisions that derail all their positives.  


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Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:55 pm
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Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Shurmur will be his own OC in Cleveland

WOW !!Holgren and Parcells overrated .You have got to be kidding me.Do you have any ideaa how many coaches came from those two.Go google it son.Reid,Gruden,Bellichick....those are just a few.Before you go yapping off about something you dont know, at least get your facts straight or have an opinion and back some facts with that.



Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 11:22 am
 

Shurmur will be his own OC in Cleveland

terrible decision...also Holmgren is overrated...Holmgren/parcells want to have the key of everything...their era is over ...



Since: Feb 9, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 10:52 am
 

Shurmur will be his own OC in Cleveland

You have a good argument there - but The struggles of the KC was not really their offense - I think Weis and Haley had issues due to egoes clashing.  As for McDaniels - he just didn't have enough defense to sustain balanced football team - through 3/4 of the season he made Kyle Orton and journeyman underachiever Brandon Lloyd look like All Pros.

As long as the HC handles all the responsibilities of managing the overall operation of the football team/players and coaches - the other responsibilities of an OC can be divied up amongst the rest of the staff.  So, I think he is the HC who calls plays for the offense rather than a HC/OC.

The key is Heckert and getting the right players...in here.



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