What to Expect from Shanahan

What can we expect from the Browns' new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan? Lane Adkins has all the details.

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine stressed getting an offensive coordinator with experience. But, Pettine was more concerned in obtaining a coach that preaches scheme, discipline and accountability.

Moreover, the word 'innovative' has been a common theme with the OC search.

The Browns wasted little time in hiring Dowell Loggains to be the QB coach -- if not more dependent on their discussions with Kyle Shanahan.

Loggains was very impressive and came with excellent recommendations. The Browns and those around the game see him as an innovated offensive coach, which is what the Browns sought.

But, the biggest catch with Loggains is the relationship and teaching skills he has gained in working with young quarterbacks. When talking to the Browns, former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak noted that Loggains' work with Jake Locker was instrumental in the way the he played prior to injury.

Of course, the Browns are again looking for 'their' quarterback.

There is some belief the Titans will not pickup Locker's option and he'll become a free agent. I'm not saying the Browns will be interested, but the potential may arise.

With Shanahan, Pettine gains an offensive coordinator that he doesn't have to babysit. Pettine knows the offense will be in good hands. Shanahan knows offense, he is tough and he mixes it up well.

Some within the league tell me the belief is Shanahan has been held back by his father because the younger Shanahan was unable to venture out of the elder's comfort zone.

Shanahan's offenses have been statistically solid overall. He will run the football, which has been an ongoing issue in Cleveland, as well as help the franchise find 'their' quarterback.

Some players can be turned off with Shanahan's attention to detail and toughness. He is demanding and holds players accountable -- maybe to the extreme at times. That raised some issue for him during his time in Houston and Washington.

A quarterback in Shanahan's offense cannot be athletically challenged. This isn't to say the QB has to be athletically gifted like Michael Vick, but he cannot be the second coming of the Terminal Tower. Kyle Shanahan's QB must have the ability to move.

Browns fans will get their wish with Shanahan -- the offensive line will change. The days of lumbering linemen will end. This offensive line must display the ability to move. Agility is critical to success of the zone-blocking scheme. The Greco's, Lauvao's, Pinkston's and Schwartz's of the world are going to be on notice. I definitely see Lauvao as out.

Center Alex Mack would be a fit, but it remains highly unlikely the soon-to-be-free-agent will resign with the Browns.

Shanahan's tight ends are receivers. They have historically had tight ends than get down the field. Jordan Cameron will thrive. I am very interested to see if the Browns potentially look toward wide receiver Greg Little to work into this type of role.

The Shanahan offense utilizes a fullback. Not the Chris Ogbannaya-type fullback, but a true bruiser.

With a boatload of salary cap room and draft selections galore, the Browns have the opportunity to add linemen, a No. 2 wide receiver, a quarterback and a running back.

And I anticipate the Browns will do just that


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