The Cleveland Browns, who employ former Eagles as their head coach and GM as well as several former Eagles players... have their eyes on another bird. Geoff Mosher is reporting that they've formally requested permission from the Eagles to interview secondary coach Dick Jauron for their defensive coordinator position.â†µ
This particular case of the Browns continuing Eagles-envy is a little different than others. Jauron has a long resume as both a defensive coordinator and head coach in the NFL, while he's only spent one year as coach of the Eagles' secondary. Plus, he's actually also a former assistant of Browns' president Mike Holmgren. If he gets the job in Cleveland, he will serve as an assistant to former Eagles QB coach Pat Shurmur, who was hired as the Browns head coach this week. Of course, former Eagles GM Tom Heckert is now in that same role with Cleveland.
In just one year it's tough to gauge Jauron's performance as the Eagles secondary coach. On one hand, the unit was dismal. Clearly the weakness of the defense and probably the team as a whole. They gave up a franchise record 31 TD passes this season. That said, the position coach probably isn't terribly high on the list of people to blame for that... Plus, the Eagles rookie safeties, Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman, both played quite well. Again, who knows how much praise Jauron deserves for that, but it was a certainly a positive.