Reports are starting to swirl that Dick Jauron is taking the job in Cleveland to be the Browns new defensive coordinator. It seems like a formality but this could leave the Birds uncovered. The plans of waiting until the Eagles get their guy in place seem to be falling apart.
Browns new head coach and former Eagles quarterback coach Pat Shurmur was on the noon interview show on ProFootballTalk.com today and he pointed as Jauron as their defensive coordinator but didn’t want to confirm anything.
“I really don’t want to confirm that,” Shurmur said. “I think it will become public and official from the Browns’ side of things very quickly. But obviously Dick’s a very, very well-respected guy in the profession, a guy that I’ve known for a long, long time. So I think that will be public at some point — the direction we’re gonna go.”
Jauron knows that the Eagles know that he’s not the Eagles first choice, but he had promised them that he would give them the chance to match any offer that he got for being a defensive coordinator. The veteran defensive coach has a relationship that spans back nearly two decades with Browns President Mike Holmgren.
He was an assistant coach for Holmgren in 1992, when he was first starting as a head coach in Green Bay. Packers defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac can’t be interviewed and hired until they are eliminated from the playoffs.
This could come to quick end if the Green Bay Packers lose on Sunday. If they win, then the dance will continue despite the fact that everybody knows where it’s headed.