The Cleveland Browns are expected by some to take a Kansas City Chiefs-like leap to the postseason in 2014, but this franchise is one with plenty to do before winning the AFC North. One of the biggest items on the Browns’ offseason checklist was crossed off on Saturday as the team hired Kyle Shanahan to serve as the new offensive coordinator.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine obviously liked what Shanahan was able to do with the Washington Redskins over the last three seasons. Unfortunately, Shanahan’s resume isn’t that special as Washington’s offense regularly ranked as one of the more mediocre units in the NFL. However, Robert Griffin III‘s fantastic rookie campaign in 2013 did come under Shanahan, which definitely helped the Skins’ former offensive coordinator land on his feet in Cleveland.
After reading the tea leaves, it’s easy to see that Cleveland is almost guaranteed to select a quarterback with the fourth-overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. Of course, Johnny Manziel is the most interesting prospect for the Browns, but time will tell if that’s who Cleveland really wants pioneering this brand-new offense.
Nevertheless, Shanahan comes to the Midwest with a proven ability to get rookie quarterbacks to perform from the get-go, which is something that the Browns are going to need in order to compete in 2014.