It’s unclear if Marvin Lewis has or plans to offer Brad Childress the Bengals offensive coordinator job, but he figures to be pursued by another team in the AFC North.
Would the Browns, coached by a familiar face in Pat Shurmur, be a more comfortable fit for Childress in Cleveland even though Shurmur would be calling the plays? Childress, no doubt, would be calling the plays here, something he’s only done one year in his 12 NFL seasons. While the terrain looks to be uncertain in Cincinnati after a brutal season, Shurmur is working on multiple years and a fresh start in Cleveland. He worked (and worked out) with Childress for seven seasons in the Philadelphia offense.
But wouldn’t Childress, a guy that has run the quarterback gamut from Donovan McNabb and Brett Favre to Gus Frerotte and Tarvaris Jackson, prefer to coach Carson Palmer rather than Colt McCoy?
But Lewis is facing a dilemma, too. How much of the offense does he want to blow up with the possibility of a curtailed preseason looming with the lockout?
It certainly doesn’t seem to bother some teams. Houston and St. Louis, clubs that barely missed the playoffs, are starting over on defense and offense, respectively. Seattle, which even won a playoff game, hired a new offensive coordinator. The Browns not only have a new head coach, but are expected to change from a 3-4 to a 4-3 with the hire of Dick Jauron as defensive coordinator.
But one reason to keep things fairly similar in Cincinnati is the youth of the receivers: Jordan Shipley, Jerome Simpson and tight end Jermaine Gresham. And it appears that Simpson is just getting settled with the system, so how far do the Bengals step back if there’s a big change?
Yet it almost sounds like Lewis is talking more about approach than actual scheme. In his Thursday interview, it sounded like he doesn’t want 100 plays when 20 done the correct way will do.
Tough call for Lewis. But it sure sounds like he wants to make a change, doesn’t it?
The cons against Childress are his one year of playcalling and that Favre allegedly didn’t respect his football knowledge.
The pros are that he’s gotten a lot out of a lot of different quarterbacks and has a great pedigree in Andy Reid. I mean, the man went 10-6 in 2008 and the Vikes finished 12th in the NFL in scoring with Gus Frerotte making 11 starts and Jackson five.
And, he stood up to Randy Moss, which has to appeal to an offense looking to rid itself of diva receivers. Childress cut Moss last season after he cursed out the caterers feeding the Vikes a Friday lunch. That’s a point that Lewis won’t miss because during the season he rotates a couple of local caterers after Friday’s short morning practice, and is always mindful of how his players treat visitors.
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