Shurmur adds Whipple to Browns’ staff

Published 4:49 am Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND — New Browns coach Pat Shurmur has filled out most of his staff, with one notable exception.

On Monday, the team announced the hiring of former Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple as its quarterbacks coach as well as the additions of Dwaine Board (defensive line), Bill Davis (linebackers), and Mike Wilson (wide receivers) to Shurmur’s staff.

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Shurmur has yet to select an offensive coordinator, and it’s still not known if he intends to hire one. At his introductory news conference, Shurmur, St. Louis’ offensive coordinator the past two seasons, said he plans to call plays next season.

New England was the only NFL team not to have an offensive coordinator last season, and Shurmur may follow the Patriots’ lead — at least for now.

Whipple spent the past two seasons with the Hurricanes, but was fired when the school dismissed Randy Shannon before the end of last season. Earlier this month, Whipple nearly received Connecticut’s top job, which went to former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni instead.

Before Miami, Whipple was an offensive assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008, working with Shurmur and Browns general manager Tom Heckert. Whipple also spent three seasons (2004-06) as quarterbacks coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Board was Oakland’s defensive line coach in 2009 after spending six seasons with Seattle, where he worked for Browns president Mike Holmgren. Board played most of his pro career with San Francisco and broke into coaching on the 49ers’ staff with Holmgren.

This is Davis’ second stint with the Browns. Arizona’s former defensive coordinator was a defensive quality control coach in 1999 with Cleveland under Chris Palmer. Davis’ father, Bill, was a former Browns director of player personnel.

Wilson spent the past two seasons with Las Vegas of the UFL. He previously coached Arizona’s wide receivers and tight ends. He also played for the 49ers, when Holmgren was an assistant.