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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns are interested in Ravens LBs coach Don Martindale for their defensive coordinator vacancy.
The interest in Martindale is reportedly only there if the Bills deny the Browns' request to interview Buffalo's LBs coach Jim O'Neil for the DC job in Cleveland. Martindale has previous coordinating experience at the NFL level; he ran the Broncos defense in 2010. He just wrapped up his second season in Baltimore. Jan 26 - 9:21 AM

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The Browns have requested permission to interview Bills LBs coach Jim O’Neil for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

2013 was O'Neil's first year as the Bills' LBs coach. He spent the previous four years coaching under new Browns head man Mike Pettine for the Jets, serving as DBs coach from 2010-12. According to BuffaloBills.com, O'Neil played for Pettine's dad in high school. In other words, their connection runs long and deep. O'Neil will be the heavy favorite to coordinate Cleveland's defense if the Bills grant permission.
Jan 23 - 6:15 PM

Browns fired defensive coordinator Dick Jauron.

Cleveland hired Ray Horton as its new defensive boss ten days ago, so Jauron was obviously on his way out. Jauron, 62, is a 4-3 proponent and may have to sit out a year. The two teams yet to fill their defensive-coordinator vacancies, the Saints and Eagles, are looking for 3-4 guys. The Browns ranked No. 23 in yards allowed in 2012.
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 06:58:00 PM

During a Thursday radio interview, new Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton made it clear he will run a 3-4 system.

Asked if he planned to use a 3-4, a 4-3, or a hybrid scheme, Horton said, "It won’t be a hybrid, not unless we’re playing golf. It’ll be a 3-4. It’ll be the same defense we ran [in Arizona]." While coach Rob Chudzinski said Thursday that Cleveland would use both 4-3 and 3-4 fronts, Horton insists the Browns' defense will mimic the Steelers'. Horton spent seven seasons in Pittsburgh as a defensive backs coach.
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:20:00 AM

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam acknowledged that DC Ray Horton will "probably" implement a 3-4 defense.

The coaching staff has yet to comment on the defensive scheme, while Horton says he's a "coach of men, whether it's 3-4 or 4-3." Horton has only said that his defense is going to be "aggressive." The Browns have some solid building blocks with DTs Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor, LB D'Qwell Jackson, pass rusher Jabaal Sheard, CB Joe Haden, and SS T.J. Ward.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 08:23:00 PM

New Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton didn't comment on which alignment he will use, but he is fully expected to implement the 3-4 front.

"I'm a coach of men, whether it's 3-4, 4-3, 5-5, I don't care. I'm excited about the talent we have and they're going to love this system," said Horton. "Aggressive," Horton said when asked how his defense will be. "I don't know if anybody pressured more than I did last year and that's the kind of stuff we'll do here."
Sat, Jan 19, 2013 06:16:00 PM

Browns hired Ray Horton as defensive coordinator.

Media types are skeptical of the Browns' hire of Mike Lombardi to run the personnel side, but they've cobbled together an impressive top end of the coaching staff. Horton and Norv Turner will be the coordinators, with Rob Chudzinski as head coach. Horton, a Dick LeBeau disciple, runs a 3-4 defense and will implement scheme change in Cleveland. Horton coordinated the Cardinals' defense the past two seasons. Although Arizona generally struggled versus the run in 2012, it fielded a top-12 overall defense and ranked top-five against the pass.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 04:14:00 PM

A source confirmed to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Friday that ex-Cardinals DC Ray Horton is the "frontrunner" to coordinate the Browns' 2013 defense.

"Miffed" when the Cardinals bypassed him for Bruce Arians, Horton will land in Cleveland to give the Browns an awfully impressive coaching triumvirate with Rob Chudzinski in the lead and Norv Turner and Horton as coordinators. Horton also has ties to new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. When Haslam was part owner of the Steelers, Horton was Dick LeBeau's defensive backs coach.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 10:31:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports it "sounds like" in-limbo Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton will end up as the Browns' defensive boss.

Horton reportedly had a heated exchange with new Cardinals GM Steve Keim after he was skipped over for the team's head-coaching job and has requested a release from his contract that runs through 2013. He is fully expected to be granted that release. Browns new head coach Rob Chudzinski seems intent on making the switch to a 3-4 defense, and that's what Horton knows. Horton won't be on the open market for long.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 11:10:00 PM

The Akron Beacon-Journal reports in-limbo Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is on the Browns' radar for the same position.

Tucker is almost certain to get his walking papers after the Jaguars hired Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as their head coach. Tucker would bring with him a Cover 2-style system. He joins Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris and Chargers DC John Pagano as known candidates.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 09:19:00 PM

The Browns will interview Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Although Morris was the Bucs' head coach from 2009-11, he actually has no experience coordinating defenses at the NFL level. He served as Kansas State's defensive coordinator in 2006. Morris' Redskins secondary was also among the most burned in the league, though it seemed due more to a lack of talent and pass rush than coaching. The Browns are also considering former Chargers DC John Pagano.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 07:14:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski is targeting Chargers DC John Pagano as his defensive coordinator.

Citing a source, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot confirmed Schefter's report. This move fits the Browns' anticipated shift from a 4-3 to 3-4 base defense. If Pagano does go to Cleveland, he'll likely join former Chargers head coach Norv Turner, who is expected to be named the Browns' offensive coordinator when he returns from his family vacation in Hawaii.
Sat, Jan 12, 2013 12:08:00 PM

The Canton Repository reports the Browns want to wrap up their coaching search by Sunday night.

The Repository's belief is that the final decision will come down ex-Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt versus Bengals DC Mike Zimmer, with Colts OC Bruce Arians "still in the picture." Zimmer is expected to have a second interview on Friday. Per the Plain Dealer, the Browns "still really like" OC Rob Chudzinski as well. The Repository also reports that former Chiefs director of pro personnel Ray Farmer will interview for the GM position on Friday, and NFL Network's Michael Lombardi "is in the Browns' fold, with only his title to be determined." Farmer and Lombardi worked together with the Eagles in the late 1990s.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 07:06:00 PM

The Browns will interview Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for their head coaching vacancy Wednesday afternoon.

Despite seven head coaching jobs coming available on Black Monday, it's Zimmer's first interview of the season. Intense and outspoken, he brings a resume that includes 18 years in the NFL and five years at the head of the Bengals' defense. This year, he coaxed a breakout season out of DT Geno Atkins and developed WLB Vontaze Burfict as the unit finished sixth in the league. The Browns could steal an asset from their division rival while simultaneously filling their own vacancy.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 10:41:00 AM

Alabama coach Nick Saban made it clear after Monday's BCS title game victory that he has no interest in jumping to the NFL, stressing that he has no "unfinished business" in pro football.

It's been evident from the Cleveland papers that owner Jimmy Haslam holds Saban in high regard, but the NFL ship has sailed for the successful Crimson Tide coach. Of his 2005-2006 stint with the Dolphins, Saban said he had "a very, very difficult time thinking that I could impact the organization in the way that I wanted to or the way that I was able to in college, and it was very difficult for me, because there's a lot of parity in the NFL, there's a lot of rules in the NFL.. ... I've put it to rest."
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 01:19:00 PM

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