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Shurmur and Jauron are just the beginning, of course. The Browns cleaned house after firing Mangini at the end of the 2010 season, and thus have a whole slew of other new assistant coaches joining the staff as well. Here are a few notables for this season:
Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor: All eyes will be on Tabor this season for two reasons. First, he will be replacing the great Brad Seely, special teams aficionado and all-around well-respected football man. Seely (who left to take the Special Teams job with San Francisco) had 22 years of experience coaching NFL special teams, compared to Tabor's three years' experience in pro football.
Second, this will be a hugely defining year for Special Teams Coordinators across the league in general given the change in the kickoff rules. Everyone with this job in the NFL has something to prove this year because of the rule change. All will be tested to see if they can avoid having their team be hurt by the rule.
That will be especially true for Tabor, whose lack of experience at the pro level means he has to prove himself in general, and who inherits vaunted special teamer Josh Cribbs, whose role with on special teams and with the Browns in general is as yet unknown thanks to the rule change.
Receivers Coach Mike Wilson: Another assistant who will have all eyes on him this season is receivers coach Mike Wilson. The receiving corps was one of the team's biggest weak points last season and for better or worse, will still employ many of the same players this season. While the Browns had other areas where they fell very short last year, the most talked about was this one.
Wilson, in his first year with the Browns in this role, will have to prove not only that he was a good new hire for the team, but that he can do what last year's coaching staff couldn't with what is, at least significantly in part, many of the same players.
Wilson has 10 years of coaching experience, some at the pro and some at the college level. He has been a receivers coach at Stanford, with the Oakland Raiders and with Las Vegas' UFL franchise. He was also a tight ends coach for the Cardinals. Thus he has a pretty decent amount of experience in the job, but never seems to keep it in any one place for long.
It remains to be seen what that means for the Browns, who are hoping Wilson will be instrumental in turning around one of the most troubled components of their franchise.