Shurmur to Call Plays in 2012; Childress to be in Booth

NFL coaches, general managers, and personnel from around the league are at the NFL Combine as it kicks off today, including Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Brad Childress. I'm sure we'll hear some more nuggets about Shurmur and Childress as the week progresses, but this tweet by Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal warranted a post:

#Browns HC Pat Shurmur said he will call plays but will be in constant communication w/ OC Brad Childress, who will be in booth. #NFL 56 minutes ago via Twitter for Android · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto

That pretty much conforms with the expectations I had after Childress was hired, but maybe it will still be a surprise to those fans who thought the former Vikings head coach would call plays.

Marty Gitlin from CBS Sports has two more quotes from Shurmur. Regarding Colt McCoy, Shurmur said, "I'm expecting him to attack the offseason and get as good as he can within our system." When asked if it would be premature to assume the team will draft Robert Griffin III, Shurmur said, "That's a fair comment." Of course it's a fair comment; anything that is said prior to Browns being on the clock in April is premature.

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