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Browns name Dick Jauron their defensive coordinator

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 21, 2011

Updated at 5:35 p.m.

The Browns hired Dick Jauron as their new defensive coordinator today, the team announced.

Jauron, 60, served as a senior assistant and defensive backs coach for the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 season. He was also a candidate to become the Eagles' new defensive coordinator.

Jauron has been a head coach for the Chicago Bears (1999-2003) and the Buffalo Bills (2006-09). He has served as a defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-98) and the Detroit Lions (2004-05). Midway through the 2005 season, he became the Lions' interim head coach.

"Dick is someone I have known for many years, who is an outstanding football coach and very well-respected around the league," Browns coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement. "He has a tremendous knowledge of the game and is an excellent teacher. His experience in the NFL as a player, position coach, coordinator and head coach will be a huge asset to our staff and I am looking forward to having him as a member of the Cleveland Browns."

In addition to his familiarity with Shurmur, Jauron has some other connections to the Browns. During Jauron's final three seasons (1992-94) as the defensive backs coach for the Green Bay Packers, Browns President Mike Holmgren was the Packers' head coach.

"I want to thank Pat and the Cleveland Browns for this great opportunity," Jauron said in a statement. "There were many elements of this job that were attractive for me. I have known Pat and his family for a long time, and in fact, I played for and coached with his uncle, Fritz. I believe that with people like Pat Shurmur, Mike Holmgren and (General Manager) Tom Heckert in place, this organization is building a solid foundation. I can’t wait to get started with the Browns."

Jauron uses a 4-3 defense. The Browns, though, have used a 3-4 defense since 2005, meaning several personnel changes will probably need to be made to switch schemes.

During an interview today on "Pro Football Talk Live," Shurmur acknowledged it would be challenging to install his West Coast system on offense and the 4-3 alignment on defense in the same offseason, especially if a new labor deal isn't reached and a lockout ensues.

"The looming whatever is gonna happen, we've got plans for that," Shurmur said. "I think any new coach, you know there's a little bit of a learning curve. But we intend to get our systems in. We feel as though we'll get them taught, so we can play winning football come day one."

Like Jauron, Dave Wannstedt, 58, and Bill Davis, 45, interviewed to replace former Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who now holds the same position with the Dallas Cowboys. Wannstedt reportedly agreed to become the Bills' assistant head coach and linebackers coach today.


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