Around the AFC North: Browns Set to Hire Kyle Shanahan

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Nov 25, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan calls a play from the sidelines against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It took the Cleveland Browns nearly a moth to hire a new head coach after multiple candidates turned them down. Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was the one who finally took the job, and it looks like he’s found his offensive coordinator.

That will likely be Kyle Shanahan, who previously served in that role for the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins.

Kyle was fired this offseason after a disastrous 3-13 year in Washington, along with his father, Mike Shanahan. Prior to this year, Kyle looked live a very promising offensive-minded coach.

He helped Robert Griffin III become Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012, and even made his backup, Kirk Cousins, look like a capable starting QB.

Before that, Shanahan became the youngest coordinator in the NFL when he took over Houston’s offense in 2008. There, he built them into one of the best passing offenses in football with Matt Schaub as his quarterback.

But the biggest knock on him is that every successful stint he’s had as an OC was with an offensive-minded head coach above him.

In Houston, he had Gary Kubiak, who the Ravens just hired to be their OC. In Washington, he had his father, Mike. The concern with Kyle is can he be a successful OC without an offensive-minded head coach, which no one is mistaking Pettine for with the Browns.

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