Monday, January 31, 2011
Browns name Mark Whipple QBs coach
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Pat Shurmur likely won't have an offensive coordinator in his first season as the Cleveland Browns' coach.
Former University of Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple was hired as the Browns' quarterbacks coach Monday.
Shurmur said when he was hired that he would call the offensive plays next season. With Shurmur's background (he was the St. Louis Rams' offensive coordinator last season) and with Whipple's play-calling experience, Cleveland does not think it will need an offensive coordinator.
The Browns made a formal announcement about Whipple on Monday night. They also announced the additions of Dwaine Board (defensive line), Bill Davis (linebackers) and Mike Wilson (wide receivers) to the staff.
The hiring caps a tumultuous offseason for Whipple, the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach who left Miami, nearly became UConn's coach and now is taking a job in Cleveland.
Shurmur hired former Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron as his defensive coordinator earlier this month.
Board was Oakland's defensive line coach in 2009 after spending six seasons with Seattle, where he worked for Browns president Mike Holmgren. Board played most of his pro career with San Francisco and broke into coaching on the 49ers' staff with Holmgren.
This is Davis' second stint with the Browns. Arizona's former defensive coordinator was a defensive quality control coach in 1999 with Cleveland under Chris Palmer. Davis' father, Bill, was a former Browns director of player personnel.
Wilson spent the past two seasons with Las Vegas of the UFL. He previously coached Arizona's wide receivers and tight ends. He also played for the 49ers, when Holmgren was an assistant.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.