NFL Rumors: Cleveland Browns to Interview Dick Jauron for Defensive Coordinator

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IJanuary 14, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Dick Jauron, head coach of the Buffalo Bills stands on the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 11, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. Cleveland won 6-3. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Now that the Browns have hired their newest head coach in Pat Shurmur, it is time for the organization to begin assembling a staff in which the team can build around.

Reports surfaced around the league on Friday that the Browns have requested permission to speak with Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach, Dick Jauron, about joining the team in 2011 as defensive coordinator.

Jauron is a man that has a long history in the NFL and could provide some much-needed veteran leadership for a staff that will be headed by a first-time head coach.

Throughout his career, Jauron served as the head coach for the Chicago Bears from 1999-2003, and also with the Bills from 2006-2009. Jauron also served as the defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the late '90s as well as at the Detroit Lions in 2004-2005. His latest position with the Eagles came shortly after being relieved of his duties in Buffalo, where he led the Bills to an overall record of 24-33.

Jauron was also named the AP Head Coach of the Year in 2001 when he led the Bears to a 13-3 record but eventually lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round of the playoffs.

The prospect of the Browns interviewing Dick Jauron is significant for a number of different reasons.

Current Browns defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, is rumored to be interviewing for the same position with the Dallas Cowboys next season. That would leave the Browns position open if Cleveland does not happen to fire Ryan before that time.

The second and more important reason is that Dick Jauron has traditionally been a 4-3 scheme style of coach. Many that have followed the Browns over the last several years know that Cleveland has played the 3-4 for the better part of the last 10 seasons.

There is currently no timetable set on when the interview with Jauron will happen but many expect it to be in the early part of next week.