Tag:Dick Jauron
Posted on: April 17, 2011 3:38 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2011 3:39 pm

Offseason Checkup: Cleveland Browns

Posted by Andy Benoit

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Another year turned into another rebuilding season for the Browns (it turned out to be the last of three in Eric Mangini’s tenure). Injuries rocked all three mistake-prone quarterbacks (Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace and third-round rookie Colt McCoy, who performed OK but was limited to a cliff-noted playbook).

It maybe wouldn’t have mattered anyway, given the paucity of quality receiving options (No. 1 wideout Mohammad Massaquoi improved just enough to pass for being a low-end No. 2, while tight end Ben Watson was the go-to guy by default).

Defensively, the young secondary at times seemed overburdened by the volume of sub-packages in Rob Ryan’s complex system. But often, Ryan’s scheme compensated for shabby pass-rushing resources. The Browns were the only team not to give up 30 points in any of their first 15 games. Still, that wasn’t enough to save Ryan from the coaching staff overhaul in January.

Defensive scheme

The task of installing a 4-3 scheme is substantial, especially given this team’s prior commitment to the 3-4.

Linebackers Chris Gocong and Scott Fujita and nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin (who will now play more one-gap techniques) are the only players from last year’s team who are truly equipped to operate in a 4-3.

And Gocong never did blossom in Philadelphia’s 4-3. Restocking the defensive line will be the biggest challenge.

1. Defensive End
Marcus Benard is a fantastic athlete who, as an outside linebacker, often played bigger than his 256-pound size suggested. That doesn’t mean the undrafted third-year pro is ready to start – especially given that he’ll be learning how to play with his hand in the dirt. Jayme Mitchell, another undrafted guy, is penciled in on the other side. What does this tell you? The Browns need at least three, and maybe four, defensive ends.

2. Defensive Tackle
Rubin can be an adequate two-down player, even if he’s not a true Pat Williams-like clogger. Brian Schaefering, however, does not get off blocks well enough to play inside. Even if he did, the Browns would still need more one-gap quickness here.

3. Wide Receiver
Very few quarterbacks could succeed with Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie, Chansi Stuckey and Joshua Cribbs as their top four wideouts. Massaquoi is not dynamic enough to create on his own; Robiskie has barely seen the field his first two seasons; Stuckey’s quickness is impressive but best suited for the slot, while Cribbs is simply a gadget player.

Let’s hope new head coach Pat Shurmur is a patient man. The defense that Dick Jauron is installing is not complicated schematically, but it will take at least two years to accumulate the front seven personnel needed to run it.

That’s about how long the offense will take to develop if Shurmur decides that Colt McCoy is indeed the long-term solution for his West Coast system. A third straight 5-11 season seems likely.

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 12:32 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2011 5:37 pm

Report: Jauron to be Browns defensive coordinator

Dick Jauron will be Cleveland's next defensive coordinator (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPODATED 5:40 p.m. EST: The Browns have announced the hiring of Jauron as defensive coordinator. It's official.


UPDATED (1:58 p.m.): New Browns coach Pat Shurmur declined to confirm Jauron's hiring on today's edition of ProFootbalTalk Live.

Said Shurmur: “I think it will become public and official from the Browns’ side of things very quickly. But obviously Dick’s a very, very well-respected guy in the profession, a guy that I’ve known for a long, long time. So I think that will be public at some point - the direction we’re gonna go.”

So, yeah, it seems pretty clear that Jauron is the guy.


Though the deal probably won’t happen today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot is reporting that the Browns will hire former Bills and Bears head coach Dick Jauron as Cleveland’s new defensive coordinator.

Jauron had been the Eagles secondary coach, but he had begun drawing interest from a number of teams in need of a defensive coordinator. Cabot’s source, though, implied that Jauron’s familiarity with Browns team president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert pushed him toward Cleveland.

So, how will this affect the Browns defense, assuming Jauron actually does replace Rob Ryan?

As pointed out by Browns Rapid Reporter Marty Gitlin, who calls the Jauron hiring a “minor coup,” the Browns now likely will switch to a 4-3 defense from the 3-4.

Writes Gitlin, “Since NT Ahtyba Rubin is the only effective DL remaining and there is little athleticism at LB, look for a personnel overhaul in those units.”

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Posted on: January 17, 2011 4:40 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 4:50 pm

Sean McDermott joins Panthers as D coordinator

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 4:50 p.m. EST: Jay Glazer of FOX Sports says Jim Mora. Jr. is interviewing in Denver. Mora is also still pondering Philadelphia.


According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, fired Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has found a new home: Carolina. McDermott interviewed in Denver over the weekend but will assume a role on Ron Rivera’s new staff. Rivera’s defensive pedigree likely means that McDermott will merely ride shotgun, rather than drive the Panthers’ defense.

As for who will replace McDermott in Philadelphia…

According to Jeff McLane and Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer, there are three candidates for the now-vacant defensive coordinator job: Jim Mora Jr., Dick Jauron and Bill Davis. Mora and Jauron both have head coaching experience (Mora with the Seahawks and Falcons…where he coached Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick; Jauron with the Bills, Bears and, briefly, Lions). Davis was most recently the defensive coordinator in Arizona.

The interview process has not begun, as Andy Reid is on vacation. Reid may need to hurry home, though, because Jauron’s name, along with Dave Wannstedt’s, has surfaced in Cleveland. Then again, Jauron is already on Philly’s staff as the secondary coach, so don’t expect Reid to be in the dark about his happenings.

The Eagles want experience at Jim Johnson’s old D coordinator post. Strictly in that sense, Jauron would be the best fit. Davis is a surprise contender, as the Cardinals ranked near the bottom in every major defensive category this season. They did, however, finish first in red zone defense, an area where the Eagles were awful in historic proportions.

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Posted on: January 17, 2011 1:54 pm

Hot Routes 1.17.11 "big name" headed to Carolina?

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Broncos officially named eight coaches to their staff, including holdovers Mike McCoy (offensive coordinator) and Eric Studesville (interim head coach after Josh McDaniels firing; once again the running back coach).

Gruden could be joining the Panthers as an offensive assistant. Jay Gruden, that is.

The Patriots and Falcons staffs will coach the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl squads. “We’ll scout the golfing,” Bill Belichick said of the opportunity.

Dennis Byrd, a former Jets player who was paralyzed in 1992 during a game, addressed Rex Ryan’s squad Saturday night. Not a dry eye in the room, it sounds like.

Bears TE Greg Olsen played decently Sunday.

Darryl Talley is upset that Vince Young disrespected him. But honestly, we don’t quite know why he’d care.

Charlie Weis has left town, but Matt Cassel’s tutor, assistant Nick Sirianni, is still around.

Charles Woodson on the Chicago Bears: “They’re in the way.” Nice.

Remember David Pollack? Cincinnati’s first-round linebacker in 2005 who was sensational in 16 games before neck problems ended his career? He’s a sportscaster now.

Needing a replacement for Rob Ryan, the Cleveland Browns are awaiting an interview with lightning rod (OK...just regular rod) defensive coach Dick Jauron.

Nnamdi Asomugha says it’s not out of the question that he’ll return to the Raiders.

Can you believe Mark Sanchez’s four road playoff wins is an NFL all-time record? (More shocking: one of the players Sanchez shares the record with is Jake Delhomme!)

Special teams coach Danny Smith is returning to the Washington Redskins.

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Posted on: January 14, 2011 11:15 am
Edited on: January 14, 2011 11:16 am

Hot Routes 1.14.11: Breaking down Lynch

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The Seattle Times breaks down Marshawn Lynch’s now-famous 67-yard TD run vs. the Saints. All eleven Seahawks who were on the field for that play were interviewed for this story. Good stuff if you like to know the inside scoop of what was happening during a specific play.
  • Speaking of Fox, at least one of his former players in Carolina said the Broncos will love their new head coach.
  • Fox Sports’ Adam Caplan breaks down where Cam Newton will go in the 2011 NFL Draft.
  • Terrell Suggs resumed his regular Tom Brady bashing on Sirius Mad Dog Radio Thursday. Of Brady’s three Super Bowl rings Suggs said, “He’s got the tuck rule incident and you got the videotaping of other teams’ practices. It’s like “Oh, OK what’s going on here?’"
  • NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora reports that former Bills coach Dick Jauron will get a look at becoming Pat Shurmur’s defensive coordinator in Cleveland.
  • The drug charges against former Chargers safety Kevin Ellison have been dropped, and now he’s hoping he can return to the NFL and “show teams who I am again.” Apparently, he’s NOT the kind of guy who walks around with 100 Vicodin pills in his pocket without a prescription.

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