A few days before Jim OíNeilís time with the Browns expired, the defensive coordinator expressed confidence he would receive another opportunity to prove himself in the NFL.
He was right.
OíNeil has been hired as the new defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, CSNBayArea.com reported Tuesday.
ďIf they want me here, Iíll be here,Ē OíNeil said three days before Browns owner Jimmy Haslam fired coach Mike Pettine on Jan. 3. ďIíll give it everything I have. If they donít, Iíll go somewhere else, be successful and give it everything I have. Thatís just who I am.Ē
49ers coach Chip Kelly will give OíNeil, 37, a shot despite his defense falling incredibly short of expectations this past season.
In 2015, the Browns ranked 29th in points allowed (27 per game) and 27th in defense (379.2 yards surrendered a game), 22nd against the pass (250.8) and 30th against the run (128.4).
In 2014, OíNeilís first season with the Browns, they ranked ninth in points allowed (21.1) and 23rd in defense (366.1), eighth against the pass (224.5) and 32nd against the run (141.6).
Kelly has made a habit of hiring former Browns coaches as coordinators.
Pat Shurmur, head coach of the Browns from 2011-12, was the offensive coordinator and Bill Davis, a former linebackers coach in Cleveland, was the defensive coordinator during Kellyís tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles.
New Browns coach Hue Jackson hired Ray Horton to replace OíNeil.
In San Francisco, OíNeil will replace former Browns coach Eric Mangini.
The Browns interviewed Brian Xanders and Lionel Vital on Tuesday as part of the teamís quest for a vice president of player personnel whoíll serve as its chief talent evaluator and assemble the draft board, Cleveland.com reported.
Xanders, 44, is a senior personnel executive for the Detroit Lions. He was the general manager of the Denver Broncos from 2009-12.
Vital, 52, spent the past three seasons as the Atlanta Falconsí director of player personnel. He agreed to part ways with them last week.
Other candidates who have reportedly interviewed for the position are ex-Lions GM Martin Mayhew and former Miami Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey.
Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown told the website Haslam interviewed two candidates for the job Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Haslam left later Tuesday, and heís scheduled to attend the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on Thursday.
Embattled quarterback Johnny Manzielís days with the Browns are likely numbered, but apparently evidence of his partying isnít going to disappear from the Internet anytime soon.
BustedCoverage.com posted a series of videos and photographs showing Manziel partying Sunday at a bar in Dallas. A close-up photo shows him drinking what appears to be a shot of alcohol.
Before Pettine was fired, he said members of the Browns wanted Manziel, 23, to get his off-field issues addressed this offseason. Manziel spent more than 10 weeks last year in an inpatient rehabilitation facility specializing in alcohol and drug addiction treatment.
The Browns have hired Ken Delgado as an assistant defensive line coach and Cannon Matthews as an assistant defensive backs coach, ESPN reported.
Delgado was the defensive ends coach at Western Kentucky University. Matthews was a defensive quality control coach with the Tennessee Titans.