New Browns coach Mike Pettine is trying to track down his offensive coordinator, but he can give up on pursuing Louisiana State University’s Cam Cameron.
Cameron, the offensive coordinator at LSU, told the Times-Picayune the Browns showed interest in him this past week, but he won’t be joining them.
“I don't plan on going anywhere soon,” Cameron said today. “I don't want to uproot my family right now.”
Cameron and his wife, Missy, have four children.
LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette also wrote on Twitter that he spoke with Cameron today and that the coach said, “he’s not going anywhere and that he plans on being with [LSU] for a long time.”
Cameron was the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers from 2002-06, the head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2007 and the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens from 2008-12. Pettine spent his final season with the Ravens in 2008.
So if Cameron’s out, who else might end up engineering the Browns’ offense?
If the Dallas Cowboys hire former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan as their play-caller, the Browns could make a run at Cowboys offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Bill Callahan, NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported today.
Callahan served as the Oakland Raiders’ offensive coordinator from 1998-2001 and their head coach from 2002-03. Callahan coached the Jets’ offensive line from 2008-11, and Pettine was their defensive coordinator from 2009-12.
Ex-Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains could be another candidate to control the Browns’ offense, Breer and Cleveland.com reported. Loggains, who has been an assistant with the Titans since 2008, could also be targeted by Pettine as a quarterbacks coach, according to Cleveland.com.
Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh is another assistant who’s been mentioned as a possible candidate in the Browns’ offensive-coordinator search.
As for Pettine’s quest to secure a defensive coordinator, the Browns reportedly want to hire Buffalo Bills linebackers coach Jim O’Neil, who’s still under contract. But if the Bills block the Browns from taking O’Neil, Pettine will target Ravens inside linebackers coach Don Martindale, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.
No matter who becomes the Browns’ next defensive coordinator, Pettine said he plans to call the defense’s plays this year. He has served as a defensive coordinator for the past five years, including last season with the Bills.