Over the last 3-5 days, the Los Angeles Times has been reporting that Rip Scherer is one of three finalists for the offensive coordinator position at UCLA.
That is no longer the case, The OBR has learned, as sources from both the university and the Cleveland Browns have confirmed that the quarterback coach has removed himself from consideration for the position and will remain in Cleveland.
Along with Scherer, former Ravens assistant coach Jedd Fisch and former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow had been mentioned as candidates for new head coach Rick Neuheisel's staff. Chow was fired yesterday by the Titans, a development that, the UCLA source said, may have led to Scherer pulling his hat out of the ring.The decision by Scherer to remain with the Browns is one that will have many inside the Berea complex breathing a huge sigh of relief.
While going relatively unnoticed publicly, Scherer is privately lauded for the strides Derek Anderson made in his first season as a full-time starter. Not only that, but the long-time assistant coach was largely responsible for helping rookie Brady Quinn get up to speed following his holdout. Scherer's work put the first-round pick into a position where the organization felt comfortable going with him as the starter should Anderson go down with an injury.
Additionally, Scherer was instrumental in helping first-year offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski install an offense that was one of the most prolific in the league for most of 2007.