July 24, 2014

Report: Browns targeting John Pagano for DC

Looks possible that Norv Turner may not be the only former Chargers coach joining Rod Chudzinski in Cleveland. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports:

Ohio.com’s Nate Ulrich adds:

Pagano was a defensive coordinator for the first time during the 2012 season. The Chargers ranked 24th with 326.4 yards allowed per game and 17th with 21.9 points allowed per game.

On Friday, Chudzinski, an offensive coach, and CEO Joe Banner indicated they like hybrid defenses that use 3-4 and 4-3 alignments, but the defensive coordinator will ultimately decide the type of scheme the Browns use. The Browns have used a 4-3 system for the past two seasons under defensive coordinator Dick Jauron, who’s not expected to return.

Pagano ran a 3-4 base defense in San Diego, but the Chargers also used multiple looks. Outside linebackers would often move up to the line and get into a three-point stance to create a four-man front.

Pagano is the younger brother of Colts coach Chuck Pagano.

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  • ThatAlex

    Pagano would be a noticeable step backwards from Jauron. I hope Chud hires someone with more experience.

  • Nullster

    Sweet. Yes lets make our team SD East because they did so well the last two seasons.

  • Jack

    ~@~

  • Dirtywax

    Kidding, right? Check the D rankings of CLE vs. SD the last 2 years.

  • SDA

    I’m ambivolent about everything except the Bottle of Scotch I’m gonna be drinking as the days go by.

  • NoToPagano

    Hopefully, this isn’t this Rob Ryan all over again

  • Wow

    Um no coach, YOU decide how the defense will be run.

  • SHHHHH!!!

    Don’t say that name. They already brought in 1 Former Coordinator they fired. We don’t need another one.

  • Twooez

    Your idiot. He was let go because of new coach came in & hire his own staff, if that was case every dam cach has been fired….

  • James

    If “Chud” is really good at working with the tools he has on the field and making them work.. why doesn’t it translate to the front office..food for thought

  • Vindictive_Pat

    This would be sweet… he isn’t even the best defensive coach in his family, but he’s the best the Browns can get, eh? Sheesh.