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Pat Shurmur, The Cleveland Browns, And Sam Bradford

Mike Sando has the pessimist's take on much-unloved Pat Shurmur's potential departure to the Cleveland Browns, who want him for reasons I'm not quite able to fathom: The St. Louis Rams have a rookie quarterback by the name of Sam Bradford who will be working, at that point, under two offensive coordinators in two seasons. Sando's solution, should it come to this, is to look at guys who run similar systems, like Brad Childress, who would probably be enticed simply by not having to answer questions about Brett Favre

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I think this is a valid concern, but besides my membership in the city-wide Sam Bradford fanboy club, I'm not sure how stunted he would be by a coordinator's departure just because the offense they ran last year can't continue unchanged next year, even if Shurmur's around. Bradford threw the ball within five yards (in either direction) of the line of scrimmage as much as any quarterback in recent memory, and he did it all the time; he threw at countless receivers, three randomly chosen tight ends, and, very briefly, Donnie Avery

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The 2011 Rams' offense, whether Pat Shurmur's running it or not, is going to have to change. Bradford's favorite targets, like Danario Alexander and Michael Hoomanawanui, will have to stay healthy; they'll likely come up with some new ones, too. The right offense in 2011 will be a change of pace—he'll be throwing less often but more effectively. That's the case no matter who the Cleveland Browns hire at head coach. 

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