We touched on this earlier, but the Cleveland Browns officially named Dick Jauron defensive coordinator Friday evening. Jauron, who was most recently a secondary coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, is another person who has ties to Browns general manager Tom Heckert and president Mike Holmgren.
Jauron also comes to Cleveland with plenty of coaching experience at various levels, including two stints as head coach in Buffalo and Chicago, which I think is important. The Browns hired first-time head coach Pat Shurmur earlier this month and inexperienced head coaches have not worked out well in Cleveland. With Holmgren, Jauron and perhaps another veteran assistant, the team could have enough quality experience to make it work.
The role as defensive coordinator will be important in Cleveland. Shurmur is running the offense and calling the plays, which is partly the reason the Browns have yet to find a new offensive coordinator to replace Brian Daboll. But the Browns defense will be run by Jauron.
Cleveland needs to make several upgrades via the draft and free agency and decide if it wants to switch to a 4-3 defense in 2011. Jauron will inherit some talented young players such as rookie cornerback Joe Haden and first-year safety T.J. Ward.