Around the Pound (1/20): Billy Davis Interviewing for Browns, East West Shrine Game Scouting

In today's edition of Around the Pound, we learn about a new candidate for the team's defensive coordinator position, some players the Browns were scouting at the East/West practices, and more.

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Billy Davis Joins Dave Wannstedt for Thursday Interviews

Former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Billy Davis will interview with the Cleveland Browns today for the team's defensive coordinator position. Davis was a defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers from 2005-2006. Since then, he has been with the Arizona Cardinals, holding the defensive coordinator position the past two seasons before being fired after the season. Arizona's defense was pretty good in 2009 but had difficulty this past season. That could have to do with the dramatic shift in offensive productivity though.

Also having his long-anticipated interview with the Browns today is Dave Wannestedt. The Browns interviewed Dick Jauron on Thursday. After Mike Musgrave took the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator position yesterday, the Browns are now pursuing former Steelers quarterbacks coach (2004-2006) Mark Whipple.

East West Shrine Game Scouting

The East-West Shrine game is this Saturday, and NFL scouts have been at the practices this week observing and talking to players. Alfie, who runs our SB Nation Jaguars site, was at the practices and had the opportunity to jot down what teams were talking to what players. Here is a list of who the Browns were seen meeting with:

  • DT Marvin Austin (UNC, projected 2nd round)
  • DE Bruce Miller (UCF, projected 7th round)
  • DE Ricky Elmore (Arizona, projected 5th round)
  • OG Caleb Schlauderaff (Utah, projected 7th round or later)

Home Field Advantage in Sports: How Much it Affects Winnings

Jon Bois contributed an original research piece to SBNation.com regarding how much home field advantage actually affects a team's ability to win. All of the majors sports are looked at, so you can view the charts on how the Cavaliers, Indians, and Browns have stacked up against other teams in their respective leagues, and how weather might play a factor as well. I encourage you to check out the article.

Off-Beat Notes

  • The villains for The Dark Knight Rises have been announced. If you don't want to know who they are, then do not read the next bullet point (or the comments for that matter).
     
  • The two villains for Christopher Nolan's final movie of the series will be Catwoman and Bane, played by Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy, respectively. There's no guarantee that Catwoman would be a full-fledged villain, or mostly Selina Kyle.
     
  • This is the first time in DBN history that there have been three consecutive days of Around the Pound. Ideally I will get some other pieces up soon of course, including another edition of Statistically Speaking.
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