Last week, the Cleveland Browns accepted the resignation of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and fired quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains. On Saturday, head coach Mike Pettine released a statement through the team, as did Shanahan.
Pettine on the Resignation of Shanahan & Firing of Loggains
"After conversations with Kyle this week we’ve determined that it would be in the best interest of the Cleveland Browns that he pursue other opportunities and we have accepted his resignation. In Dowell’s case, it was a difficult decision but one that we felt we had to make. We wish them both well. Our focus quickly turns to finding an outstanding coach to lead our offense and I am confident we will bring in highly qualified individuals to help us develop, improve, and achieve the success we are all seeking. I look forward to working with the staff as we go through this process to bring in coaches committed to helping the Cleveland Browns lay a strong foundation to take our offense to a consistently high level in the 2015 season and beyond."
Shanahan on His Departure & How He Was Portrayed
"I appreciate the opportunity Mike Pettine, Ray Farmer and Jimmy Haslam gave me to lead the Browns offense in 2014. The Browns organization is committed to improvement and winning. I regret how the inner workings of the organization were represented publicly over the last few days. Ray and Mike both have the work ethic, experience and talent to work together to turn this organization into a winner. In light of the circumstances, I have decided to resign. I’m grateful for my time with the Browns and wish them great success going forward."
The writing was on the wall for Loggains being fired. He is the person who foolishly went on the radio and conveyed the message that Jimmy Haslam wanted Johnny Manziel. Whether his version of the story was valid doesn't matter -- once he put it out there, it's going to stick in everyone's head. Also, he wasn't able to help Brian Hoyer snap out of his midseason slump, nor was he able to have Manziel prepared when it was time for him to start.
This is a bad look for Shanahan. It's the second time in as many years that he has departed an organization on shaky terms, and one could say that the problem is more with Shanahan's inability to work with others rather than the Browns having any wrongdoing.
Cleveland's search for an offensive coordinator is ongoing, and we've already covered several potential candidates.