NFL News and Notes: Cleveland Browns Sign Dick Jauron as Defensive Coordinator

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IJanuary 22, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 3:  Reggie Corner #27, head coach Dick Jauron and C.J. Hawthorne #18 of the Buffalo Bills look on during the preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 3, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns announced on Friday that the team has finally decided on Dick Jauron to be their defensive coordinator in 2011.

Jauron served as an assistant and defensive backs coach last season with the Philadelphia Eagles and also has 26 years experience coaching in the NFL including tenures as head coach with the Buffalo Bills, and Chicago Bears.

Jauron also served as interim head coach for the Detroit Lions in 2005 and as an assistant for the Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers throughout his coaching career.

Jauron's hire by the Browns is a testament to the team's commitment to change as the new defensive coordinator will more than likely change the Browns' current 3-4 defense to a 4-3 scheme.

Jauron will inherit a defense that showed improvement in 2010 but still ranked among the lower half in almost all defensive categories. The Browns finished 22nd in yards allowed per game and 27th in rushing defense.

Although the overall defensive statistics may not be the best, Jauron is also inheriting some young playmakers that are developing into very good players.

2010 draft picks Joe Haden and T.J. Ward both made significant impacts last season, as they became leaders on and off the field.

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The Browns defense will also be bringing back seasoned veterans like Eric Wright and Sheldon Brown.

The entire Browns franchise will now enter its fifth different coaching regime since their reinstatement in 1999.

Team president Mike Holmgren stated in his most recent press conference that he "never wants to have to hire a head coach ever again."

The entire Browns franchise is more than likely wishing the same thing as Pat Shurmur and Dick Jauron will now be looking to add an offensive coordinator to the mix during the coming weeks.

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