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Coordinator or not, Browns' offense is Shurmur's

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By Mike Wilkening

Whether the Browns hire an offensive coordinator or not, make no mistake: this will be Pat Shurmur's offense. Multiple media outlets have suggested the Browns will forgo hiring a coordinator after adding Mark Whipple to the coaching staff as QB coach. Whipple, who most recently was offensive coordinator at Miami (Fla.) from 2009-10, was on the same coaching staff with Shurmur, then the Eagles' QB coach, in ’08. As one league observer noted, Shurmur broke into the NFL with the Eagles, whose head coach Andy Reid, calls plays. Shurmur will call plays in Cleveland — just like president Mike Holmgren did in successful coaching stints in Seattle and Green Bay. Holmgren and Gil Haskell, the Browns' senior advisor to the president who was an NFL offensive coordinator for 11 seasons, could be valuable resources to Shurmur. Holmgren, for his part, said he will be there for Shurmur in a support role. "I know we're going to have a great relationship, but it's his football team," Holmgren said in January. "I don't know how to make that any clearer."

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