Don’t count out Kyle Shanahan in the Browns’ quest to find an offensive coordinator for new coach Mike Pettine.
Shanahan, the former offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins, is still under consideration to become the Browns’ play-caller, an NFL source confirmed this morning for the Beacon Journal. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the team isn’t commenting on candidates during the search.
The Browns interviewed Shanahan, 34, on Wednesday and Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, 35, on Thursday for the position.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Shanahan’s interview “did not exactly go as planned” and that the Browns have likely moved on from him.
However, the source who spoke to the Beacon Journal said Shanahan is still in the mix.
In four of the six seasons in which Shanahan has been an offensive coordinator, his offenses have finished in the top 10 in the league in yards per game. However, his well-documented clashes with quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Donovan McNabb have tarnished his reputation. The Redskins fired Shanahan and his father, Mike, their former head coach, after they went 3-13 during the 2013 season.
If the offensive coordinator search extends into next week, Denver Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville could be a name to watch, NFL Network's Albert Breer wrote on Twitter today. Studesville, 46, is in his 17th season in the league. He has coached running backs for the Broncos since 2010, and he served as their interim head coach during the final four games of that season.
Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, 57, has also been mentioned as a potential candidate. He worked with Pettine when he was with the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets. Like DeFilippo, Cavanaugh is a Youngstown native.
No matter who becomes the Browns' offensive coordinator, he'll join a few offensive assistants who have already been hired.
The Baltimore Sun reported Friday night that the Browns hired former Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller to fill the same role in Cleveland. The Browns also hired former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains on Thursday, and a source said it’s “very likely” he’ll become the team’s quarterbacks coach. The Browns announced Monday that they hired tight ends coach Brian Angelichio, who spent the past two seasons in the same capacity with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.