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Report: Browns lose offensive coordinator candidate Bill Musgrave to Minnesota Vikings

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 19, 2011

Updated at 7:29 p.m.

Bill Musgrave has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported this evening. Musgrave is the Atlanta Falcons' assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach who interviewed with the Browns Tuesday before meeting with the Vikings today.

General managers throughout the NFL expected the Browns to hire Musgrave as their offensive coordinator, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported earlier today.

However, the Browns are still looking for someone to replace Brian Daboll, who served as the Browns' offensive coordinator during the past two seasons. The Miami Dolphins formally introduced Daboll as their new offensive coordinator today. Mark Whipple, a former University of Miami offensive coordinator and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach, has surfaced as candidate to replace Daboll, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported tonight.

Falcons coach Mike Smith reluctantly gave the Browns and the Minnesota Vikings permission to interview Musgrave, a source told Mortensen. In the end, the Vikings won.

Musgrave has been an offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles (1998), the Carolina Panthers (2000) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-04). He has served as an assistant coach for the Falcons since 2006.

Selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, Musgrave spent six years as a professional quarterback. From 1991-94, he served as a backup to Steve Young and Joe Montana with the San Francisco 49ers. In Musgrave's first season with the 49ers, Browns President Mike Holmgren was San Francisco's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.

New Browns coach Pat Shurmur, 45, said he will call the offense's plays at least to start the season. Perhaps Musgrave chose the Vikings because he wouldn't be able to immediately call the plays for the Browns.


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