WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has been hired to fill the same position with the Cleveland Browns, Alex Marvez of Fox Sports is reporting.
Shanahan, fired following a rocky fourth season with Washington, interviewed Wednesday to be Cleveland’s offensive coordinator, meeting with coach Mike Pettine, who has been assembling his staff since his hiring last week.
The 34-year-old Shanahan and father Mike Shanahan, the Redskins’ former head coach, were let go by Washington on Dec. 30 after going 3-13. Shanahan has interviewed for at least two other coordinator positions this month, but was passed over by Baltimore and Miami.
Shanahan spent four seasons with Washington after two as Houston’s offensive coordinator. He and his father’s relationship with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III reportedly deteriorated during this past season, and at least partly contributed to the team’s decision to move in another direction.
Shanahan’s offenses finished in the top 10 in the NFL in yards four times.
Pettine hired former Buffalo linebackers coach Jim O’Neil as his defensive coordinator on Monday and named seven other assistants to his staff.
An experienced offensive coordinator is crucial to Cleveland’s turnaround. The Browns, who had four offensive players in the Pro Bowl, are expected to select a quarterback early in May’s draft and the new coordinator will have a hand in his development.
The Browns were interested in former Houston coach Gary Kubiak, but he was hired as Baltimore’s offensive coordinator on Monday.
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