The Cleveland Browns officially announced the hiring of Kyle Shanahan as the team’s new offensive coordinator on Monday.
Kyle was fired this offseason after a disastrous 3-13 year in Washington, along with his father, Mike Shanahan. 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.
Speaking of which, one has to think the Browns could attempt to trade for Cousins if Shanahan pushes for it. Browns beat writer Jeff Schudel tweeted out this nugget prior to the team making Shanahan’s hiring official:
#Browns are expected to make Kyle Shanahan annoucement official today. Rumors have QB Kirk Cousins headed to Browns.
— Jeff Schudel (@jsbrownsinsider) February 3, 2014
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has also reported Cleveland could be a destination for Cousins, according to the report, which cited unnamed sources.
Courtesy of the Trent Richardson trade with the Indianapolis Colts, the Browns have an additional first round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Redskins chances of getting a high first-rounder in exchange for Cousins are slim, perhaps the Browns could send their lower first-round pick to Washington for him.
By trading for Cousins, the Browns would provide Shanahan with an offense built around Cousins, as well as Pro Bowlers Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron to form a pass-attack to be reckoned with.
In three consecutive starts to end the 2013 season, Cousins threw four touchdown passes and five interceptions as the Redskins lost all three games.
That could prevent the Browns from surrendering a first-round pick for him. But the Washington offense was a disaster last year, and Cousins has shown flashes of being a far-more capable starting QB than Cleveland has had since their return in 1999.