April 21, 2014

A new coaching staff could mean a change to a 3-4 defense. Are the Browns ready for that?

While Joe Banner and Jimmy Haslam conduct interviews in Arizona for a new head coach, the one person I’ve been interested to hear from or about is defensive coordinator Dick Jaruon.

On Monday, Banner and Haslam made it clear that all coaches were free to interview elsewhere if they wished and that they could be brought back if the new coach wanted them. What we really don’t know is if Jauron wants to come back to the Browns without Shurmur and Holmgren here. We reached out through the Browns, but have received no statement or answer. (Not surprisingly.)

I hope that Jauron wants to finish what he has started here in Cleveland and will be welcomed by the new head coach, whoever that happens to be. I would put the odds of that happening at fifty-fifty or less unfortunately.

If there is a change of defensive coordinators, we could be staring at another transition between the 4-3 and 3-4 defense. As Browns fans will remember, that transition is sometimes a slow painful one. [Read more...]

Perhaps We’re Running the Wrong Defense?

There are many reasons that the Browns lost yesterday, first and foremost being that they played a very talented and deep Dallas team that is a Superbowl contender. The offense struggled to find a rhythm, with Braylon Edwards and Derek Anderson not on the same page a number of times. Donte Stallworth has been injury prone throughout his career, with the exception of last season. The Browns can’t have him out if they expect to win right now. Our depth at WR is non-existent. That being said, the most disappointing part of yesterday’s game has to be the defense.

Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams were supposed to be the players that made all the difference on this team. As we have been told time and time again, the front three are supposed to take up blockers in Crennel’s 3-4 defense, leaving the LB’s free to make plays. We’ve waited (for years) for “the right personnel” [Read more...]