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Browns hire Dick Jauron to lead defense

12:07 AM, Jan 22, 2011   |    comments
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Berea, OH (Sports Network) - Dick Jauron was hired Friday as the new defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, the latest stop for a longtime NFL coach whose career has spanned more than two decades.

Jauron, 60, has been a head coach, coordinator and position coach during his lengthy NFL tenure on the sideline, spending last season as defensive backs coach and senior assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles under Andy Reid.

He is the first coordinator hired by the Browns since Pat Shurmur took over as head coach in the wake of Eric Mangini's firing.

Cleveland lost its final four games this past season and finished 5-11 for the second year in a row under Mangini.

While there were several bright spots -- a 20-point win over the Patriots, the emergence of Peyton Hillis as a top running back -- the Browns are in flux yet again.

Jauron, a former NFL safety for the Lions and Bengals, takes over a defense that ranked 22nd overall in the NFL under Rob Ryan, who is the new defensive coordinator with Dallas. The Browns were 18th against the pass and 27th against the run.

A longtime defensive backs coach for the Green Bay Packers, Jauron was defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars for four years (1995-98) and head coach of the Chicago Bears for five seasons after that.

He was defensive coordinator for the Lions from 2004-05, taking over as interim head coach for his final five games in Detroit. That led to a head coaching job with the Buffalo Bills, who fired him nine games into 2009, his fourth season at the helm.

Overall, Jauron compiled a 60-82 record as an NFL head coach.

He was on the staff of current Browns president Mike Holmgren in Green Bay in the early 1990s.

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