With the vacancy in Philadelphia (where Dick Jauron currently works) and the news this morning that Dave Wannstedt is heading for Buffalo, it was beginning to look as though the Browns’ chances of hiring one of the “super experienced” Defensive Coordinator candidates were growing slimmer and slimmer.
But, Mary Kay Cabot is reporting that the Browns will be hiring Jauron as their new defensive coordinator:
The Browns are expected to hire former Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach Dick Jauron, 60, as their defensive coordinator soon, a league source told The Plain Dealer. … A source close to Jauron said he “seriously doubts” a deal will get done today, but they are close enough to perhaps agree to “a general principle.”
Jauron has received multiple inquiries, including from the Philadelphia Eagles. But the source said Jauron’s familiarity with Browns President Mike Holmgren and GM Tom Heckert has him leaning toward the Browns.
Jauron has a lengthy coaching resume coming with him. He has twice been a head coach in the NFL in Buffalo and Chicago, and also briefly filled in as Detroit’s interim coach after Steve Mariucci was fired mid-season in 2005. Jauron got his start in the NFL as a defensive backs coach in Buffalo in 1985. He then served in the same capacity in Green Bay from 1986 through 1994, during which time he worked briefly under Mike Holmgren. Jauron moved on to Jacksonville in 1995 and took over as Defensive Coordinator for the expansion Jaguars, building their defense as they quickly became contenders. He was in Jacksonville through 1998. He took the Bears’ head job in 1999–ironically enough replacing Dave Wannstedt–and was in Chicago through 2003. He then was the defensive coordinator in Detroit for 2004 and 2005, and filled in as interim head coach in 2005 when the team fired Mariucci in late November. He was then named the head man in Buffalo from 2006 through most of the 2009 season, though he was fired in November of that year. He spent last season as the defensive backs coach for the Eagles.
Per Cabot, this does not mean the club won’t continue to pursue former Arizona Cardinals DC Billy Davis; they just may look to hire him in some other capacity on their defensive staff.
Again, nothing is definite, but it certainly looks like Jauron will be coming to Cleveland at some point very soon. We will keep you updated as things develop.