OBR Daily Blog 1/22-23

Welcome to the weekend and welcome to Cleveland, Dick Jauron.

9:41 PM

Greetham: Heckert the Key: Much attention on the coach and president, but player personnel will decide Browns’ future http://bit.ly/e9eX08

11:52 PM

(Subscriber) Browns Look at a Safety (Again): Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://bit.ly/gJDWIo

The Legend Lives On…
Dave Kolonich on January 22nd, 2011 AT 5:38 PM

Here's an interesting post-mortem note regarding ex-Browns' offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.  It turns out ex-Patriot fullback Heath Evans isn't the biggest Daboll fan out there.

NECN.com – Ex-Pat on Pat Crime: Evans Hammers Daboll

"The Dolphins probably just got worse," Evans said in an opening salvo to remember. "When he was in New England, he was never a guy that I would have considered the brains of the operation."

Evans lobbed a couple of caveats – that Daboll likely learned some when he was quarterbacks coach with the Jets and had Brett Favre and Chad Pennington as his charges in 2007 and 2008, and that he probably learned some more working with Mike Holmgren this season in Cleveland when Daboll was OC – but that opening broadside is hard to overlook.

And so it goes…it will be interesting to see what Daboll can do with a Dolphins' offense that rivaled only the Browns in terms of overall production.

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on January 22nd, 2011 AT 2:00 PM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for January 22nd from 07:59 to 13:56:

1:27 PM

Brent Sobleski Joins the OBR Team: The off-season fun is set to take flight as the OBR team grows to six members… http://bit.ly/hiMB4w

Hello and Goodbye
Dave Kolonich on January 21st, 2011 AT 9:18 PM

The Browns' 2011 coaching staff is beginning to take shape, as earlier today veteran coach Dick Jauron was hired to run the defense.  Jauron brings a wealth of experience to the defensive side of the ball, along with a degree of experience that new head coach Pat Shurmur is currently lacking.  Let's call this a nice sense of balance, as Shurmur's main priority would seemingly come in fixing a moribund offensive attack. 

While the merits of Jauron can be argued – mostly based on his last two head coaching jobs – his hire could prove critical to a unit that will likely face a high amount of personnel turnover during the offseason.

However, while the Browns have gained a quality coordinator, another has been lost.

SFGate.com – Brad Seely Hired by 49ers

Give some credit to new San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh.  A novice to the NFL's coaching ranks, scoring a coach of Seely's caliber is a major early accomplishment.  Seely is one of the best special teams coaches in the league – as evidenced by the Browns' stellar kick coverage units over the past two years. 

7:49 PM

Our friend Phil tells us you can vote for Peyton Hillis as the “Top Value Performer” at Vizio.com: http://t.co/hxNWogf

Press Release: Jauron Named Defensive Coordinator
Barry McBride on January 21st, 2011 AT 7:35 PM

The Cleveland Browns today named Dick Jauron as defensive coordinator, the team announced. Jauron has 26 years experience coaching in the NFL, including 10 seasons as a head coach. He spent 2010 with the Philadelphia Eagles as senior assistant/defensive backs coach.

“Dick is someone I have known for many years, who is an outstanding football coach and very well-respected around the league,” said Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur.  “He has a tremendous knowledge of the game and is an excellent teacher.   His experience in the NFL as a player, position coach, coordinator and head coach will be a huge asset to our staff and I am looking forward to having him as a member of the Cleveland Browns.”

“I want to thank Pat and the Cleveland Browns for this great opportunity,” Jauron said.  “There were many elements of this job that were attractive for me.  I have known Pat and his family for a long time, and in fact, I played for and coached with his uncle, Fritz.   I believe that with people like Pat Shurmur, Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert in place, this organization is building a solid foundation.  I can’t wait to get started with the Browns.”

Jauron guided the Eagles secondary as Philadelphia finished third in the NFL with 23 interceptions, including an NFC-high seven by cornerback Asante Samuel, who earned a Pro Bowl selection.

Prior to Philadelphia, Jauron spent four seasons (2006-09) as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, which followed a two-year stint with the Detroit Lions. He joined the Detroit Lions’ staff in 2004 as defensive coordinator before serving as the interim head coach for the final five games of the 2005 season. Under Jauron’s tutelage, defensive lineman Shaun Rogers earned the first two Pro Bowl selections of his career and defensive back Dre’ Bly was tabbed as a Pro Bowler in 2004.

Jauron was head coach of the Chicago Bears from 1999-2003 and was named the 2001 Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year. That season, the Bears’ defense ranked first in the NFL in points allowed (203) and second in rushing yards allowed (82.1 pg) en route to a 13-3 record and their first NFC Central Division Championship since 1990.

Prior to his stint in Chicago, Jauron served as the defensive coordinator for the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995-98, helping lead the team to three playoff appearances in four years, including the AFC Championship game in 1996 and the AFC Central Division title in 1998.

Jauron began his coaching career with Buffalo, where he served as a defensive assistant in 1985 before coaching the defensive backs for the Green Bay Packers from 1986-94. In Green Bay, he helped mentor Pro Bowlers Chuck Cecil (1992) and LeRoy Butler (1993).

Jauron was a fourth-round selection of the Detroit Lions in the 1973 NFL Draft, and was also selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft. As a safety, he spent five seasons with Detroit (1973-77) and four with Cincinnati (1978-81). He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1974 as a punt returner after leading the NFC in punt return average (16.8). He appeared in 100 career regular season games and finished with 26 interceptions, including two returns for touchdowns.

A two-sport star at Yale University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history, Jauron set several school records, including most consecutive 100-yard rushing games (16). He attended Swampscott (Mass.) High School, where he was named one of the top-10 prep athletes of the 20th century in the state of Massachusetts by the Boston Globe. He also spent some of his childhood in Rensselaer, Ind., where his father was the head coach at St. Joseph’s College.

Dick and his wife, Gail, have two daughters, Kacy and Amy.

Dick Jauron’s Coaching Background:

1985                Buffalo Bills, defensive assistant coach

1986-94           Green Bay Packers, defensive backs coach

1995-89           Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive coordinator

1999-2003       Chicago Bears, head coach

2004                Detroit Lions, defensive coordinator

2005                Detroit Lions, defensive coordinator/interim head coach

2006-09           Buffalo Bills, head coach

2010                Philadelphia Eagles, senior assistant/defensive backs coach

2011                Cleveland Browns, defensive coordinator

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