The Cleveland Browns will apparently have a new offensive line coach this season as the club will reportedly not retain offensive line coach James Campen.
The news was reported by ESPN’s Rob Demovsky:
The Browns aren’t retaining offensive line coach/assistant head coach James Campen, the longtime former Packers assistant. Hard to fathom a team wouldn’t want someone who coached numerous Pro Bowlers and had more wins among line coaches than all but Patriots’ Dante Scarnecchia.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) January 19, 2020
Campen came to Cleveland last season with a big reputation after spending 15 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, 11 as the team’s offensive line coach. During that time, Green Bay finished in the top 10 in total offense in eight seasons, including three of the top four single-season yardage marks in franchise history.
That success did not translate to Cleveland, however, as the Browns offensive line dropped from the leagues No. 2 ranked unit in 2018 (by Pro Football Focus) to No. 23 in 2019. That may not all be Campen’s fault - after all, there is only so much you can do with players like Greg Robinson, Chris Hubbard, Eric Kush and Wyatt Teller - but it is also not a good argument for the new head coach to retain you.
It is just as likely that Campen may not be able to teach the blocking scheme that new head coach Kevin Stefanski will be looking to run, that both sides agreed to move on after one season.