The New York Jets interviewed Cleveland Browns wide receiver coach and passing game coordinator Chad O’Shea for their offensive coordinator opening on Friday.
O’Shea may not be the hottest name to coach, but he brings a wealth of experience to the table. He has been in the NFL since 2003 when he joined the Kansas City Chiefs as a volunteer special teams coach. O’Shea spent most of his time in the NFL with the New England Patriots as a wide receivers coach and was on three Super Bowl-winning teams from 2009-2018.
O’Shea previously held the position of offensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins but lasted only one season. With Ryan Fitzpatrick as quarterback for most of the year, the Dolphins finished 5-11 and ranked 25th in points per game.
The interview with the Jets was first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
As the passing play coordinator, O’Shea would be a key member of the staff the Browns would like to retain for Deshaun Watson’s sophomore year in Cleveland. They’re hoping Watson can make a leap in his second season after being fairly dull for six games following his suspension last season.
“I just think Deshaun did a great job of working extremely hard with our group and being on the same page,” O’Shea said in December. “We’ve made progress and the lads have really embraced his attitude and approach from a work ethic perspective and general attitude. Really encouraged that Deshaun is working with our recipients.”
The Jets had their sights set on another Browns coach, veteran offensive line guru Bill Callahan, but he turned down the offer, opting to stay in Cleveland instead.
And he will remain with the Browns for the foreseeable future, signing an extension with the club. per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Callahan previously served with the Jets from 2008 to 2011 as an assistant head coach and offensive line coach.
Callahan is one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL and has been praised by the Browns players for both his knowledge and his mentality.
“It was great to have Bill there,” said right tackle Jack Conklin. “Being able to come here and have him as a teacher took my game to the next level. He’s been at it for so long, he’s such a handyman at how he dissects everything. I can literally say I absorb something from him every day.
“I think the cohesiveness that he brings to the room, sometimes he’s kind of a magician with that. He makes us mad at him I think sometimes it’s on purpose to bring us all together and it’s just everything. He always thinks. It’s great to have him.”
The Browns wrapped up their coaching opening earlier this month, bringing in former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz to fill their defensive coordinator position. The Browns released Joe Woods postseason after the unit ranked 19th in the league in yards per game (331.2).
That number would have been far worse had a surge not ended the season, with shattered covers and gaping holes as they defended the run that defined the start of their season.
“I think everything starts with trust,” Schwartz said in his opening press conference. “If they know you’re coming from an honest site and you’re telling them the truth, they might not like what you’re saying, but they’ll embrace it because they know it’s coming from a merit base, and it’s coming from that Truth. Building trust is job #1.”
Schwartz will have some plays to work with, including All-Pro pass rusher Myles Garrett and cornerback Denzel Ward.