As the coaching changes continue for the Browns, at least Romeo Crennel should be happy that he's still around for another year. As you may have heard, the Browns lost special teams coach Jerry Rosburg to the Atlanta Falcons. Rosburg has been with the Browns for the past six years, and although our special teams hasn't been the best in the league, we've never really had an "embarrassing" unit. Most notably, I would have to say that our players have tackled well on kickoff and punt returns. This season, if Phil Dawson had not missed so many kicks later in the season, I probably could've deemed this as our best special teams season since returning to the league.
Now, here are some things you may not have known about, still regarding staff situations:
- Strength Coach: According to Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository, the Browns will hire Tom Myslinski as the team's new strength coach. Myslinski played in the NFL for seven seasons, two of them coming with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1996 and 1997. He also worked from 2002-2004 under former Browns strength coach Buddy Morris. Also according to Doerschuk, former Olympic gold medallist Roger Kingdom could join the Browns staff under Myslinski to work as a speed and quickness specialist.
- Tight Ends Coach: Doerschuk also reports that the team is interested in Bob Palcic to be the team's tight ends coach, or offensive line coach. Palcic was with the Browns in 1999, when he worked with Chris Palmer.
- Davidson to Carolina: Speaking of offensive line coaches, the Orange and Brown Report is reporting a rumor that the Carolina Panthers are very close to hiring Jeff Davidson to fill the same position on their team. Also, the Browns were apparently denied permission to speak with Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Tony Sparano, who would've been a candidate to be our next offensive line coach.
- Couldn't Get Grimm: With Mike Tomlin getting the head coaching job in Pittsburgh, Russ Grimm doesn't look like he's going to stay there. In fact, reports are already stating that the Arizona Cardinals will name him their next offensive line coach. Would've been nice to have him on Cleveland's staff, right? Of course, it wouldn't have really made sense to employ a future head coaching candidate underneath a guy already in hot water (Crennel).
Now, let's take a quick look at the hiring of offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski again. Chud will probably try to install a similar system that he had in San Diego. He already has a tight end in Kellen Winslow, and has a wide receiver with potential in Braylon Edwards. If you remember correctly, Keenan McCardell and Eric Parker, the Chargers two starting receivers, did not catch a touchdown all season long. Now, the Browns do not have anyone to match Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson. In fact, I don't think anyone in the league could match him. However, if Chud is really interested in having the same type of system, I don't see how Reuben Droughns would be a starting running back. Although I'd much rather prefer selecting Joe Thomas in the draft, this could be a sign of the Browns selecting running back Adrian Peterson. Numerous fans have inquired about trading for running back Michael Turner of the Chargers, but he would require a lot of compensation, and I expect the Chargers to protect him as insurance to LT.
Now, just as I was about to say goodbye to you wonderful readers, I just came across a headline that Bruce Arians will be the Pittsburgh Steelers new offensive coordinator, after being promoted from wide receivers coach. Although Arians was better than Maurice Carthon in my book, he was just another example of low-quality offensive coordinators we've had since returning to the NFL.