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Marla Ridenour on Sports

Daboll moves fast

By Marla Published: January 18, 2011

I must admit I'm stunned how quickly how the Browns'  Brian Daboll found another offensive coordinator position with the Miami Dolphins.

Perhaps others shied away from the position because of the way Dolphins owner Stephen Ross snuck around behind coach Tony Sparano's back to interview then-Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

Ross acknowledged his mistake and gave Sparano a two-year contract extension, but also told Sparano he wanted a more wide-open offense, perhaps even a hurry-up offense in 2011.

"I've told Tony that I want an aggressive, creative (offense), not playing just to keep it close," Ross said last week on South Florida radio station 940-AM, according to the Palm Beach Post. "A little bit more unpredictable, and opening it up.''

And the Dolphins chose Daboll to "open it up?''

After a game, Daboll was once spotted conferring with former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, the master of drawing up plays in the dirt. But even when Daboll took chances in games, he was never consistent. Most of the chances were trick plays. He never went for the jugular after the Browns defense got a takeaway. He rarely threw downfield, perhaps convinced that the team didn't have the speed or the receivers capable for a vertical passing game. Even when he had a quarterback (Derek Anderson) to make those throws, they were rarely in the game plan.

Daboll is an extremely nice man and I wish him the best in his coaching career. But I would have expected former coach Eric Mangini to find a job as a defensive coordinator before Daboll was calling the plays for another NFL team.

** Jim Zorn has surfaced as another possible candidate for the Browns offensive coordinator job under new coach Pat Shurmur. The idea of Zorn, the Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach, seems intriguing.

With Shurmur calling the plays, at least initially, Zorn could spend more time tutoring quarterback Colt McCoy in the West Coast offense. Zorn was an assistant with the Seattle Seahawks in 1997 and from 2001-07, spending seven years under former coach Mike Holmgren, now the Browns' president. Eventually Zorn, the coach of the Washington Redskins from 2008-09, would take over the play-calling duties.

Nolan Cromwell, the Rams receivers coach, has also been mentioned for this job, but Cromwell played safety for the Rams from 1977-87. He was a defensive back and quarterback at the University of Kansas. Shurmur might prefer having a former pro quarterback like Zorn as the Browns try to develop Colt McCoy into their franchise quarterback.

** ESPN.com's first post from East-West Shrine Bowl pratices praised Syracuse running back Delone Carter, the Copley High School product.

Carter "stood out during the inside run drill. We like the way he attacks the line of scrimmage. He has good leverage and runs behind his pads. He's a no-nonsense, one-cut runner,'' ESPN's bloggers wrote. "While he did well in the running drills, his hands are marginal. He had a lot of drops in passing drills. He has hard hands and let's the ball get into his chest.''

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