July 28, 2014

NFL News: Browns deny interviews for ST coach Chris Tabor

Well, we might have a guess on another coach under Rob Chudzinski for the Browns. Adam Schefter at ESPN has the report:

This is in contrast to what Jimmy Haslam said at the press conference two weeks ago announcing the exit of Pat Shurmur and Tom Heckert. At that time, he said the assistants would remain under contract but would be free to interview elsewhere. He did hint that some might remain on the 2013 staff. Here’s his quote from the presser:

“We’ve also met with the coaching staff. They, of course, are all under contract. We will be very liberal in granting them permission to talk to other teams. We have asked them that they follow the normal process in notifying us first, but we’ll do everything we can to help them get jobs. As the same time, when our new head coach comes in, he may want to hire some of those individuals himself and they’re well aware of the approximate timetable and we had almost identical conversations with them that we just had with you all.”

Tabor, 41, became the Browns special teams coordinator upon Shurmur’s arrival in 2011. Before that, he was the assistant special teams coach for the Chicago Bears for three seasons. He also spent 15 years at the high school and college level in various positions, mostly in charge of running backs and special teams.

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  • typo

    I dont blame Haslem for seeming to contradict himself. It could be that Chud wants to keep Tabor.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    So long as Tabor is happy staying, I’m OK with this. Let them sign him to a bigger contract to make him happy, and keep a good coach.

    I’m more curious about Jauron.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Tabor may only be 41, but all the three-and-outs with Shurmur have given him the equivalent ST experience of a 60 year old. No wonder other teams want him so much….

  • Matt

    Didn’t our special teams take a turn for the worse the last 2 years? I mean, Phil is Phil npbut other than that we had boatloads of mistakes and crappy st play…

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Not this year. Cribbs – despite his penchant for fumbles and the Browns’ for getting called for holding – was I think top 3 in both KR and PR average this year, and the Browns’ own kick coverage was excellent. Hodges started poorly but was very good after that.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Sorry 4th in KR and 6th in PR, and the top two there combined had less returns than he did.