The Cleveland Browns are now one step closer to completing their coaching staff that will take them through the 2014 season. On Monday afternoon it was reported that Kyle Shanahan, former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator, has been hired by Cleveland to be the new offensive coordinator under first year head coach Mike Pettine.
Shanahan interviewed with the Browns last week before leaving town with his family to go on a vacation. Shanahan came to Cleveland on Monday to wrap up the deal which is for three years.
Shanahan became the youngest offensive coordinator in the history of the NFL in 2008 at the age of 28 when the Houston Texans promoted him from the quarterback coach position. He spent two years in Houston before going to the Redskins to serve as offensive coordinator under his father Mike Shanahan.
Both Shanahan and his father Mike were fired at the end of the 2013 season which saw the Redskins go (3-13) one year after making the playoffs. Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III struggled in his second year after having surgery in the off-season to repair torn ligaments in his knee.
While in Washington, Shanahan ran a heavy west coast offense system, which his father dubbed the "east coast offense." He helped lead the Redskins to their first NFC East division championship in 13 years. His offense in 2012 became the first to pass for 3,400 yards and rush for 2,700 yards.
Shanahan, 34 years old, has 10 years experience as an NFL assistant coach. He will take over an offense which finished 18th overall last season. He is also coming into a situation that could feature four Pro Bowl players on the offense, if the Browns can re-sign center Alex Mack.