If Cleveland Browns were a TV show, it would be "Survivor," and Chris Tabor would be the big winner.
New Browns head coach Hue Jackson announced his decision Friday to retain Tabor as the team's special teams coordinator.
Tabor becomes Jackson's first member of the coaching staff.
The Kansas native began with the Browns in 2011 as special teams coordinator under Pat Shurmur. Following the 2012 season, owner Jimmy Haslam fired Shurmur and hired Rob Chudzinski. Tabor stayed on staff with Chudzinski for the 2013 season. After just one season, Haslam fired Chudzinksi and hired Mike Pettine. Again, Tabor survived the coaching staff, staying on with Pettine.
Surviving three coaching changes is incredibly rare. Haslam must really like Tabor, or Tabor must be a really likable guy.
Tabor has produced solid results during his time in Cleveland, coaching Pro Bowlers Josh Cribbs and Phil Dawson, plus alternate Johnson Bademosi, who leads the NFL in special teams tackles from 2012-15.
However, 2015 proved to be an iffy year. Travis Coons had four field goals blocked, and had the fewest amount of touchbacks in the NFL (27). On the flipside, the Browns finished fourth in punt return average (11.2 yards per return), sixth in kickoff return average (25.4), Andy Lee set a franchise record with 46.71 yards per punt, and Travis Benjamin finished third in the NFL in yards per punt return (11.6).
Tabor certainly deserves some credit, but also some blame, as blocked field goals haunted the Browns this season. The Browns' loss on the field goal block and return by the Ravens marked the low point of the season.
Jackson gushed about Tabor in his announcement:
"Chris is an outstanding coach. He is incredibly knowledgeable and possesses the passion necessary to motivated his unit. They play hard and tough while paying attention to all the details and nuances that make the huge impact needed to win on special teams. Obviously, I've seen the success he's had with the Browns special teams unit first-hand in my time in this division. It's a blessing to have him as a member of this high-quality staff we are in the process of building."
And for whatever it's worth, Tabor seems to enjoy the job:
"My family and I really love it here in Cleveland. It's great to be able to stay in one place for such a long period of time, keep your system in place and continue to coach some of the same players. This is a great place to coach and I'm excited about working with Hue."
At least one coach maintains some sort of consistency with the Browns. Now, all Tabor needs to do is figure out how to prevent more blocked field goals.