The Browns got 3 former Pats coaches, now can they get the success?

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The Browns got 3 former Pats coaches, now can they get the success?

By Bill Smith

I discussed my thoughts about the Browns new head coach Eric Mangini. While he has previous head coach experience, he has a mixed record at successfully developing some of his high draft choices. Now Mangini has named his OC and DC–Brian Daboll and Rob Ryan respectively.

Ryan is a good choice. He was able to put a more than respectable defense on the field for the most dysfunctional franchise in NFL history—the Raiders. Under Ryan’s direction the pass defense became one of the best in the league. CB Nnamdi Asomugha (1st round 31st pick) has become the best shutdown corner in the league. Safety Michael Huff is on the verge of stardom. Ryan resurrected the career of former Browns mistake DT Gerard Warren helping him finally begin to realize his potential. He also helped turn NT Tommy Kelly into an acceptable NFL player.

Despite the record of the Raiders, the D played hard under Ryan. He has the reputation of being a no-nonsense guy that help get control of a sloppy tackling team like the Browns. He learned at the hand of his father Buddy Ryan and under Bill Belichick. Those credentials added to the Raider experience make this an excellent move by Mangini in my opinion.

I do not have the same warm and fuzzy feeling about Mangini’s selection of former Jets quarterbacks coach Brian Daboll. First, he has never had the OC responsibility. That is not good. We have just suffered through the learning curve of a couple of position coaches getting their first taste of the OC responsibility. Daboll was the WR coach in New England from 2002-2005. While he was given credit for developing WRs Deion Branch (2st round 2002) and former seventh-round (2002) pick David Givens into NFL grade receivers, he failed with Bethel Johnson (2nd round 2003).

In 2007 Daboll became the QB coach for the Jets. He inherited an experienced QB in Chad Pennington but failed to help him have a successful season. When Pennington went down, the Jets shuffled QBs through the lineup like a card shark at a poker game. None of the replacements even came close to success. In 2008, he stood by while head coach Mangini and Bret Favre battled over the offensive play calling. That is not exactly a recommendation.

But for better or worse, Daboll is the guy. Let’s hope for the fans sake it is not for the worse.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits He has also published several novels on and edits .

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  1. The Browns seem hopeless. They should of had a good season after last year’s success, everyone coming, and the additions of the defensive line. But the offense was terrible for some unknown reason. I don’t know if a new coaching staff is going to change everything.

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