The Browns have officially announced their goodbye to wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie, as well as three other assistant coaches.
First on the list of coaches getting the boot is tight ends coach Ben Coates. Numerous people have debated that Coates shouldn't have been fired, seeing as Kellen Winslow and Steve Heiden made up perhaps our best unit on the field this season. Unfortunately, you can only go so far as to completely give credit to a coach just because a player does well. I'm not saying Coates didn't do a good job, but who is to say that he deserves the credit necessarily for Winslow and Heiden having stellar seasons? If you have good players at the position already, they don't necessarily need to be coached up to catch the ball. The Browns didn't do the greatest job blocking this season at the position, which is certainly something that may be factored into whoever replaces Coates.
Next up on the list is strength and conditioning coach John Lott. Lott is known as one of the better strength and conditioning coaches in the league, but at this point, I am all for the change. The amount of injuries we had this season were ridiculous, whether they were coincidental or not. There is supposedly another story behind Lott's firing, which could come out in a few days or so.
And, finally, Crennel is gone. Don't get your hopes up though, because I mean offensive quality control coach Carl Crennel II, not head coach Romeo Crennel. The two do have a relation though, as Carl is the nephew of Romeo. All three coaches were brought in by Crennel in 2005.
Although it was not confirmed in the Browns' official report, it is expected that running backs coach Dave Atkins will be let go as well. After the Browns had a 1,200+ yard back last season in Reuben Droughns last season, that wasn't the case this year. Droughns never seemed to be able to get his wheels started, Jerome Harrison was incorporated into the game enough, and our guys couldn't hang on to the football.
Finally, in today's final coaching news, the Browns interviewed interim offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson for the permanent job on Friday, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Kabot also states that along with Jason Garrett, the Browns are expected to interview at least 8-10 candidates for the offensive coordinator position over the next week and a half.
I'm not even going to name the six guys I looked at. I'm only going to mention one because he came on stronger than any DB in my dossier. He was, in other words, brilliant. I'm talking about Sean Jones, a three-year veteran and first-year starter for the Browns. In the first loss to Baltimore they threw into his coverage five times and completed one for 12 yards. He knocked down three passes, in addition to coming up to the line when needed and plugging. In the victory over the Raiders they threw at him four times, completed zero. He knocked down one and made four good stiff tackles near the line. I did not chart many Cleveland games after that. I saw them recreationally a few times. I was constantly aware of this young guy making plays. I called up their DB coach, Mel Tucker. How good is Sean Jones? "Absolutely great," he said. I called up Todd Grantham, their defensive coordinator. Who's the best player on your defense? "Oh, Sean Jones, that's an easy one." My great joy as an all-pro picker is finding someone a year or two before he's discovered. I've found one.
Dr. Z's All-Pro Article
Nicely scouted by the Doc, as always.