Browns cornerback Joe Haden has been poking around the team's headquarters in Berea, trying to learn what he can about new defensive coordinator Dick Jauron's system. During an interview today with Pro Football Talk Live, Haden said he will return to the Browns' facility Thursday to cram before a potential lockout threatens his chances to study with the coaches.
"I went up and actually talked to the coaching staff," Haden said. "I met up with them probably a week ago and talked to coach (Pat) Shurmur for like 30 minutes. (I) talked to my position coach. They kept him, (defensive backs) coach Jerome Henderson, and that's one thing I was happy about a whole lot 'cause me, (safety) T.J. (Ward), (cornerback) Sheldon (Brown), we had a really good, really close relationship with our coach.
"(Henderson) was talking to me and Sheldon, and (he said) the (terminology) of the defense, like the way the defense is going to be called is going to be easier. And he just feels like the way that (the coaches) teach, we're going to have more individual time to learn. But he was talking like he really likes the way the defense is going to be run this year, and it made me definitely excited."
Haden expressed admiration for coach Eric Mangini, though he understands Browns President Mike Holmgren's choice to make a coaching change in early January.
"(Holmgren) told us that he really loved Mangini," Haden said. "He's a good coach. But he just wasn't what (Holmgren) was looking for, and Holmgren told us that he didn't come to the Browns to lose. That's one thing he doesn't want to do. Everywhere he goes, he wins."
Haden has faith the Browns will turn the corner because Holmgren is calling the shots. Haden said Holmgren earned his trust before the 2010 NFL Draft, in which the Browns selected Haden with the seventh overall pick.
"I definitely knew that they were interested (in drafting me)," Haden said. "Matter of fact, I had a sit-down with coach Holmgren on my visit. The Browns brought me in for a visit, so I met with him. He was like, 'Joe, just to let you know, we're very, very interested in you. Just to let you know, not trying to blow smoke, if the decision comes up to me, you're coming to the Browns at No. 7.' So once he told me that, I was like, 'Man, hopefully the decision comes to him.'"