As expected, offensive coordinator Norv Turner and defensive coordinator Ray Horton have moved on after each spent one season with the Browns.
Their departures were foreshadowed when the Browns fired coach Rob Chudzinski on Dec. 29 after he went 4-12 during his first season on the job. The Browns have yet to hire a replacement.
Turner finalized an agreement with the Minnesota Vikings to become their offensive coordinator, and Horton accepted an offer from the Tennessee Titans to take over as their defensive coordinator, according to reports that surfaced Saturday.
The Browns finished their lone season under Turner, 61, with the NFL’s 18th-ranked offense (338.9 yards per game). His son, Scott, 31, the Browns’ wide receivers coach last season, is reportedly expected to become the Vikings’ quarterbacks coach.
Horton, 53, helped the Browns switch from a 4-3 system to a 3-4 scheme and finish with the league’s ninth-ranked defense (332.4 yards allowed per game). He’ll reunite with new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, who had Horton as his defensive coordinator when they worked together for the Arizona Cardinals from 2011-12.
The sad downward spiral of Browns wide receiver Davone Bess continued to unfold in the public eye Saturday, when a photograph of Bess standing naked in front of a mirror was posted on his Twitter account. Deadspin.com captured and published the image, which was deleted from Bess’ account.
Bess was arrested Friday morning at an airport in Florida and charged with assaulting an officer. The police report described him as irrational and likely on drugs.
The Miami Herald reported Saturday night that Coral Springs police were called to a hotel Saturday morning because of “an incident” involving Bess. No arrest was made and there was no information about drugs being involved, but police said Bess received medical assistance, according to the report.
The Miami Herald reported Friday night that Bess was hospitalized without his consent after displaying strange behavior in March 2013, a month before the Miami Dolphins traded him to the Browns. A photograph of what appeared to be marijuana was posted on Bess’ Twitter account Thursday.
This all could lead to the Browns cutting Bess, but they wouldn’t be able to do so until Feb. 3.
Another coach gone
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Saturday that they hired George Warhop as their new offensive line coach. He had been with the Browns since 2009 and survived two previous head-coaching changes.
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