BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – On Sundays, Pat Shurmur will still call the offensive plays for the Browns but he will have help in 2012 with the addition of Brad Childress as offensive coordinator.
Childress will help run meetings and help assemble the game plan during the week then be up in the booth on game day.
“We speak the same language,” Childress said. “It’s not like I’m coming in and reshaping the wheel.”
Who actually calls the plays is not important to him.
“You guys are making a big deal out of it,” Childress said. “It really is a collaborative effort. It’s not just a mad scientist thinking about it in his head at all. He’s getting input from all areas. You can’t have everybody talking at once and in the end someone’s got to send the play in to the quarterback but it really is a collaborative game planning type of situation.
“Whether or not he wants to do it or wants me to do it, I’m good either way.”
After being fired by the Vikings midway through the 2010 season, Childress took a year away from coaching to spend with family but had the itch to return to the NFL.
“It really was a great blessing to me,” Childress said. “After doing this for 33 years on the sideline during the fall, my daughter had grandsons so I’m a grandpa now. I probably wouldn’t have gotten that chance so it was a real blessing.”
Childress confirmed that Shurmur or the Browns did not reach out to him last offseason although he and Shurmur did talk often.
He chose the Browns because of his relationship with Shurmur and the fact that they speak the same language and run the same system.
“The biggest thing is the trust level,” Childress said. “At this stage I’m at in my coaching life it’s really important to be with people that you trust and that you know. It’s a very difficult business and it’s nice to know people and what their reactions are.
“In a perfect world you end up working with someone that you know and trust.”
Childress didn’t want to get into specific evaluation of current players – including Colt McCoy – mostly because he just started reviewing film and is still learning the roster.
As far as his vision for the balance between run and pass it will vary week to week based on the game plan.
“If I told you that it’s 50-50 that probably means we’re (not good) at both of them,” Childress said. “Somewhere you throw your lot in and you say ‘hey this is where we’re the best or against this particular team this is what we need to do to be able to win this game’ so I think you have to be flexible.
“You want to be able to do both at a high level – both run it and pass it.”
Shurmur and Childress go way back. They were hired on the same day by Eagles coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia. They lived in the same neighborhood and even jogged together.
Getting along won’t be the problem.
Choosing a franchise quarterback and then turning around one of the worst offenses in franchise history is another story.