Around the Dawg Pound: Tuesday Evening Links


As Pat Shurmur’s staff continues to take shape, it’s looking more and more likely that he will go without an offensive coordinator in 2011.

Shurmur hired Mark Whipple (quarterbacks), Mike Wilson (receivers), Bill Davis (linebackers), and Dwaine Board (defensive line). Even with Whipple coaching the quarterbacks, it’s worth being concerned about the state of the offense with Shurmur running it. Not all coaches are able to call the offensive plays in addition to overseeing the rest of the team, and it won’t be any easier for a first-time head coach.

To put it in perspective, only one head coach in 2010 – Bill Belichick – called his own plays.

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  • http://www.clevelandbrownsweblog.com Clayton

    You’re right, Steve, it is very difficult for any head coach to call the offense, especially a rookie head coach. Look at Todd Haley in 2009 – it was a disaster.

    But I think that it could work IF Whipple has a strong secondary role.

  • Steve DiMatteo

    Man, I hope so, Clayton. Nice point on Todd Haley in 2009. You look at how that team transformed with a quality offensive coordinator and you just hope the Browns can pull it off. Whipple HAS to have that strong secondary role.

  • Terry

    Maybe only one coach did call all the offensive plays for his team this year, but that coach did a pretty good job and his team finished with a playoff trip, a good record, and the NFL offensive poy. Not a bad philosophy to emulate.

  • Terry

    Also, B.B. just won coach of the year.

  • chipotle_cowboy

    If Im not mistaken, both Brad Childress and Andy Reid also called the offensive plays. So did Gary Kubiack and Jason Garrett.. so Bellychick was far from the only one.