There was one small surprise as McDonald was announced to be joining the Browns via the team's press release today: He would not be coaching wide receivers, but, rather, would be taking over as the team's offensive quality control coach.
Here's the press release from the Browns:
February 11, 2009
Browns Name McDonald Offensive Quality Control Coach
The Browns announced the addition of George McDonald as the offensive quality control coach today.
McDonald comes to Cleveland after spending the past two seasons with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers as the wide receivers coach. In 2008, McDonald played an integral role in helping junior wide receiver Eric Decker to his most productive season as a Gopher, setting a school record with 84 receptions, eclipsing the 1,000-yard receiving mark (1,074) and earning a first-team All-Big Ten bid. In 2007, McDonald led a receiving corps that accounted for nearly 80 percent of the Gophers' 2,949 receiving yards and tutored a pair of receivers (Decker and Ernie Wheelwright) who hauled in 9 touchdown receptions each.
Before arriving at Minnesota, McDonald spent 2005-06 at Western Michigan University, where he worked with current Green Bay Packer wideout Greg Jennings. In McDonald's first season with the Broncos, Jennings was named 2005 MAC Offensive Player of the Year, MAC Co-MVP (Vern Smith Award) and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist after setting program records for career receptions, receiving touchdowns and all-purpose yards.
Prior to his stint with the Broncos, McDonald served as a tight ends coach at Stanford (2004) and as a wide receivers coach at Northern Illinois (2001-03) and Bucknell (2001). McDonald began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ball State University in 2000.
McDonald lettered four seasons as a receiver at Illinois (1995-98), finishing with 59 career receptions and 589 yards.