The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with former University of Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple to be the team's quarterbacks coach, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The Browns have been in discussions with Whipple for a couple of weeks, but it was assumed he was up for the team's vacant offensive coordinator position.
It turns out, Schefter writes Cleveland is not likely to fill that position and is comfortable going forward with head coach Pat Shurmur calling the plays and Whipple working closely with rookie quarterback Colt McCoy. Whipple spent three seasons (2004-2006) with the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching Ben Roethlisberger.
Not hiring an offensive coordinator would be an interesting decision for the Browns. Shurmur, a former offensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams, obviously will be very hands-on with the offense. But the head coach also has to oversee the entire 53-man roster.
Cleveland's offense was ranked No. 29 last season under former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. The Browns need significant upgrades at wide receiver, the right side of the offensive line and perhaps depth at running back.