President Mike Holmgren and defensive coordinator Dick Jauron will rely on Tim Hauck, one of their former players, to fill a void on the Browns’ coaching staff.


Hauck has been hired as the Browns’ defensive backs coach, the team confirmed Monday. Hauck, who was an assistant secondary coach for the Tennessee Titans in 2009-10, replaces Jerome Henderson, who was hired by the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago to lead their defensive backs.


Hauck, 45, will face the challenge of trying to ensure that the team’s young secondary continues to improve despite the departure of Henderson, who was the Browns’ defensive backs coach during the past three seasons before reuniting with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Dallas.


The Browns’ defense ranked second against the pass (184.9 yards allowed per game) during the 2011 regular season. It finished 18th (220.7 yards allowed per game) and 29th (244.7 yards allowed per game) against the pass in 2010 and 2009, respectively.


Hauck got his first NFL coaching job when he joined the Titans. During a span of five seasons (2004-08), he was a defensive assistant for UCLA and the University of Montana, his alma mater, before being added to the coaching staff of former Titans coach Jeff Fisher.


NFL safety for 13 years


Hauck was an NFL safety for 13 years (1990-2002). In the early 1990s, he spent four seasons with the Green Bay Packers, including three when Holmgren was the team’s head coach. Jauron was Hauck’s defensive backs coach during the latter’s entire stint in Green Bay.


Hauck entered the league in 1990 as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots.


He also played for the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks, the Indianapolis Colts, the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers.


This offseason, the Browns have added Hauck and senior offensive assistant Nolan Cromwell to coach Pat Shurmur’s staff. Shurmur will continue to search for an offensive coordinator this week as he attends Senior Bowl events in Mobile, Ala.


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