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First assistant coach departs

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 6, 2010

It may not signal anything about the future of Browns coach Eric Mangini, but the first of his assistants took a job elsewhere Wednesday.

Receivers coach George McDonald accepted the same position at Rutgers University, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano announced.

Mangini interviewed with new team president Mike Holmgren Wednesday, hoping to remain in Cleveland after finishing 5-11 in his first season.

McDonald was initally hired as the Browns' offensive quality control coach on Feb. 11 and was promoted to receivers coach on May 6 when Mangini failed to find another man to fill that slot. It's possible Mangini had already been looking for a veteran receivers coach for 2010.

After the trade of Braylon Edwards to the Jets on Oct. 7, the Browns were left with an inexperienced receiving corps led by rookies Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie. Their oldest player, seven-year veteran Mike Furrey, spent much of his time at the end of the season playing safety.

Massaquoi finished as the team leader in receptions (34, tied with Jerome Harrison), receiving yards (624) and receiving touchdowns (3).
Massaquoi's and Harrison's 34 catches were the lowest total by the Browns' receiving leader since 1974 (Hugh McGinnis, 32).

McDonald has also worked at Minnesota, Western Michigan, Stanford and Northern Illinois.

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