Report: Browns considering ex-Bears QB coach Matt Cavanaugh as next OC

Friday January 9th, 2015

The Cleveland Browns are considering former Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh to be the team's next offensive coordinator, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The Browns parted ways with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan on Thursday.

Cavanaugh spent the last two seasons with the Bears and the team finished the 2014 season No. 15 in passing yards, No. 9 in passing touchdowns and No. 30 in interceptions. Starting quarterback Jay Cutler was benched late in the season in favor of backup Jimmy Clausen

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Browns head coach Mike Pettine and Cavanaugh have coached together on several occasions, starting at the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. The pair also worked together in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens from 2002 through 2004 and for the New York Jets from 2009 through 2014.

Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Bears in 1997 and 1998. He was the Ravens' offensive coordinator from 1999 through 2004, including a Super Bowl victory after the 2000 season.

The Browns finished this season No. 23 in yards and No. 27 in touchdowns. Quarterback Brian Hoyer was benched late in the season and rookie Johnny Manziel struggled after replacing him.

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