Report: Browns closing in on Childress

Brad Childress is the frontrunner to become the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, a league source told to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

ChildressChildressThe Plain Dealer reported that the Browns had narrowed their search to Childress and Mike Sherman, but Sherman is close to becoming the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins. That leaves the Browns with Childress, who would become the first offensive coordinator under head coach Pat Shurmur.

The hiring could happen in a few days, according to the paper. Childress' ties with Shurmur date back to the Philadelphia Eagles, where Childress was the offensive coordinator from 2003 to 2005 and Shurmur was the quarterbacks coach there.

In his first season as the Browns' head coach, Shurmur also served as the offensive coordinator and called his own plays. The Cleveland offense finished 29th in yards per game and 30th in points per game.

Childress, 55, was out of football last season after being fired as the Minnesota Vikings' head coach in November 2010. He guided the Vikings to the NFC championship game in 2009, but he followed that up with a 3-7 season before being removed as coach.

It is unknown whether or not Childress will take over the playcalling, although Childress probably wouldn't take the job if he didn't have that role.

It's interesting to note that Shurmur, Childress and Browns president Mike Holmgren are all represented by agent Bob LaMonte.

I will provide my thoughts on this probable hire shortly.