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Childress' addition seen as positive

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By Mike Wilkening

The addition of Brad Childress as offensive coordinator gives the Browns a pair of former NFL head coaches as the top assistants to second-year head coach Pat Shurmur. If the Browns' offense responds to Childress like the team's defense took to Dick Jauron, the hire will be a success. Simply adding Childress won't cure all that ails the offense — a group that has scored fewer touchdowns in the past two seasons than five offenses scored in 2011 alone — but the presence of a coach with 13 years NFL experience can't hurt, the way we hear it. Childress is well-versed in the West Coast offense, an attack that takes multiple years for a club to master, some have suggested. It is unclear whether Childress will call plays or whether Shurmur will retain that role. Whoever calls the plays, the need for more skill-position talent in Cleveland is obvious — a key weakness that must be addressed this offseason.

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