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Response to the Hire of John DeFilippo

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What the reporters, pundits, and fans are saying about the Browns' hiring of John DeFilippo as Kyle Shanahan's replacement.

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Consistency is a word rarely used to describe the Cleveland Browns, especially in regards to the offensive coordinator position on the club's coaching staff.

On Wednesday morning, the team concluded the search for its sixth offensive coordinator in as many years, settling on John DeFilippo.

DeFilippo spent two stints as the quarterbacks coach of the Oakland Raiders, served as an assistant for the Giants and Jets, and also spent a season at San Jose State. The 36-year-old Youngstown, Ohio native is largely credited for quarterback Derek Carr's success in his 2014 rookie campaign. Carr threw for 3,270 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

However, one key flaw to the hire is that DeFillipo has never served as a playcaller in the NFL.

Opinions formed quickly on Twitter, but first, many asked a question on the minds of many Browns fans.

A few pointed to an article written a year ago by Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot.

Reporters quickly noted the history between Pettine and DeFillipo, as the two coached together on Rex Ryan's staff with the Jets.

As it turns out, Kyle Shanahan almost didn't come to Cleveland last year.

Some members of the media are suggesting that the hire points to the team's commitment to Johnny Manziel.

Levi Damien from Silver & Black Pride agreed with the hire.

In his article on the Browns' hire of DeFilippo, Damien wrote:

Landing the offensive coordinator position with the Browns today was Raiders quarterbacks coach, John DeFilippo. Coach ‘Flip' was widely respected as a quarterbacks coach and it's possible the Raiders would have brought him back in that role had he not found a job elsewhere as an offensive coordinator.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan responded with a number of tweets dedicated to DeFilippo.

Jon Meterparel, the play-by-play voice of Boston College football and basketball, also contributed to the Twitter discussion. DeFilippo's dad once served as the athletic director at BC.

Many Browns fans also chimed in on Twitter, some happy with the hire, and others expressing frustration.

So, what do you think of the hire, Browns fans? Let your opinion be known in the comments sections below.