Cleveland Browns: Can Pat Shurmur Be Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator?

February 2, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The latest news is the Cleveland Browns may not hire an offensive coordinator in 2011.
According to reports, Pat Shurmur, who has already said he will call the plays, will be the de facto coordinator with newly hired Marc Whipple serving as quarterbacks coach.
So will this help or hinder the offense, and specifically Colt McCoy?
Last season both Norv Turner and Jason Garrett served as head coach/offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys, respectively (I’m leaving off Mike Singletary, who ended the season as OC for the 49ers).
A quick look at the end-of-the-year rankings shows Turner’s Chargers at No. 1 in total offense and Garrett’s Cowboys at No. 7.
The point of this is not to compare the personnel of the offenses, which had a lot to do with where they ranked. Still, it is worth noting that Dallas accomplished this with a backup quarterback playing the majority of the season.
Nor is it to say that the Cl...

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