April 23, 2014

Report: Mel Tucker could be back with Browns

NFL.com’s Ian Rapport is reporting that if former Browns DC Mel Tucker doesn’t get the Jaguars job, he could land in Cleveland.

 

It’s interesting that Tucker has ran both the 3-4 and the 4-3 in the past, it shows he’s not married to one system. The last thing I’d like to see is the Browns switch, yet again, from the 3-4 to the 4-3 and have to overturn their defensive personnel.

Tucker, 41 and born in Cleveland, was the defensive coordinator in Jacksonville last year. The Jags were 30th in yards allowed and gave up an average of 27.8 points per game (tied for 29th).  In 2008, Tucker’s Browns gave up a middle-of-the-pack 21.9 ppg but were 26th in total yards allowed. Tucker began his coaching career at Michigan State, under that Nick Saban guy. Anyone heard of him?

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Browns’ exhaustive coaching search is refreshing

It came out this morning that the Browns’ brass interviewed former Arizona Cardinals coach (and former Pittsburgh coordinator) Ken Whisenhunt. This, on the heels of their interview with Ray Horton and news of their forthcoming interview with Chip Kelly. Those are just the names of candidates that we know of since Joe Banner and Jimmy Haslam stationed themselves in Arizona around the Fiesta Bowl where Kelly’s Oregon team is set to face Kansas State tonight. The Browns have been linked to other names as well. Obviously their first move to go to Arizona shows that their first priority is Chip Kelly. Whether or not you like or agree with that, compared to the last two coaching searches in Berea, this one definitely feels different. Different in a good way.

Randy Lerner hired Eric Mangini nine days after he was fired by the Jets. He did so only after failing to land Scott Pioli as his general manager. Lerner spoke to other candidates like Steve Spagnuolo, Josh McDaniels and outgoing Browns defensive coordinator Mel Tucker before hiring Mangini.  [Read more...]

Did the Crennel/Savage Extensions Cost Browns Employees Their Jobs?

While it was briefly mentioned in today’s “While We’re Waiting,” several of you have mentioned that this story is bigger than the few hundred words that were given by the Plain Dealer.  In the wake of what is undoubtedly a tough time for businesses across the nation, the Cleveland Browns have given the heave-ho to a handful of team employees. 

In the last two days, the Browns have laid off 18 employees.  One of them was the Director of Media Relations Ken Mather.  For the last year, he was always just the name that was at the bottom of team-related news that was sent my way.  Now, he is a guy that undoubtedly worked very hard to get where he was – and now he is no longer there.

Browns President Mike Keenan – now famous from the Eric Mangini press conference – had the following to say: [Read more...]

Does Phil Savage Still Heart Romeo?

In the wake of my previous post from this morning, there is now a bit of interesting rumor and speculation at Mike Florio’s wonderful ProFootballTalk.com.

A league source tells us that there’s talk of trouble between Browns G.M. Phil Savage and members of the coaching staff in the wake of Savage’s characterization of Sunday night’s game against the Steelers as a “must-win” contest.

Specifically, Savage described the Week Two showdown as “almost a must-win game” during his weekly radio show on Thursday.

The Browns didn’t win. [Read more...]

Wimbley Will Be Key To Browns Defense In 2008

WimbleyQuick….what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I ask “Why did the Browns fall short of the playoffs last season?” Ok, so “the Bengals game” is your first answer. Fair enough. What’s the second thing that comes to your mind, then? “Defense and a lack of consistent pass rush”? Bingo!

When Phil Savage took over the Browns in 2005, he inherited an absolute mess, and he had literally 20 different positions that needed to be upgraded at once. One area that definitely needed to be addressed was defensive line. After addressing WR and secondary in his first draft with Braylon Edwards and Brodney Pool, it was on to the D-Line in 2006.

Having not picked a defensive lineman earlier than the 5th round since 2001, when the Browns took Gerard Warren with the 3rd overall pick that year (WHY???), most draft pundits in 2006 felt pretty sure that Savage would take a pass rushing defensive lineman with the #13 pick in the 2006 draft. In 2005 the Browns were a respectable 11th in total defense points against, but were 17th in yards against and were dead last in the NFL in sacks. It was obvious that defensive pressure was something that needed to be taken care of.   [Read more...]