April 25, 2014

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Browns expected to hire Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator

Kyle Shanahan

Kyle Shanahan

Kyle Shanahan is expected to be hired as Browns offensive coordinator early in the week, but the Browns said Saturday it wasn’t a done deal.

“Mike Pettine has not made the decision,” a Browns spokesman said. “He’s had some solid interviews but that determination has not been made.”

Pettine was hired as head coach Jan. 23.

Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez reported earlier Saturday that Shanahan was the new Browns coordinator, citing a source. The Browns said that’s premature, but multiple outlets reported the deal was being finalized and will be signed when Shanahan returns from vacation.

Pettine interviewed Shanahan, 34, on Wednesday, then met with Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo on Thursday.

Shanahan spent the last four seasons as coordinator with the Redskins before he was fired Dec. 30 along with his father, Mike, who was the head coach. The Redskins went 3-13 after making the playoffs in 2012.

The Redskins ranked in the top 10 the last two years with Robert Griffin III seeing most of the time at quarterback. Griffin struggled in 2013 after a strong rookie season, and his relationship with the Shanahans reportedly deteriorated.

Shanahan ran a version of the West Coast Offense, incorporating the pistol formation and read option, and the Redskins in 2012 became the first team in NFL history to pass for 3,400 yards and rush for 2,700. They led the league in yards per play (6.17), won the rushing title and Griffin set league rookie records for passer rating (102.4), interception percentage (1.27) and rushing yards by a quarterback (815).

Washington ranked fourth in points, before slipping to 23rd this year. Griffin, coming off surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, slipped to a 60.1 completion percentage, 16 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, an 82.2 rating and 489 yards rushing in 13 games.

Shanahan was coordinator for the Texans in 2008 and ’09. He was hired at 28 years old, and the Texans ranked third and fourth in yardage, and 10th and ninth in scoring.

Shanahan would be a logical fit because he brings experience as a play caller and would aid Pettine in his first year as an NFL head coach. Pettine spent his NFL career as a defensive assistant and plans to call the defensive signals.

Pettine’s strong consideration and likely hiring of Shanahan contradicts a report by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport on Thursday. He reported Shanahan’s interview “did not exactly go as planned” and the Browns were believed to have moved on.

Pettine announced the hiring of eight assistants Monday, including defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil. Tight ends coach Brian Angelichio was the lone offensive assistant named, but others have reportedly been hired in advance of the coordinator.
The Browns haven’t made any moves official since Monday.

Dowell Loggains, the former coordinator with the Titans, was hired without a title, and a league source said he’s likely to become quarterbacks coach.

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported Andy Moeller has been hired as offensive line coach. The son of former Michigan coach Gary Moeller spent the last six years with the Ravens — three as assistant offensive line coach and then three as line coach.

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