NFL News: Browns to interview Joe Cullen for coaching spot

The Cleveland Browns have reportedly requested, and were granted, permission to interview Jaguars defensive line coach Joe Cullen, according to a report from Mike Garafolo of USA Today.

Cullen has spent the last three years with the Jaguars after he was hired in 2010. In 2012, the Jaguars struggled to apply much pressure to opposing quarterbacks, finishing dead last in the NFL in 2012 with 20 sacks. The Browns, conversely, finished 2012 in a tie for  11th in the league  with 38 sacks, but continue to mull the possibility of a change to a 3-4 defense. New head coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters last week that the Browns’ defensive coordinator will decide the scheme the team plays in 2013 — Cullen was a part of the 4-3 in Jacksonville.

In August, 2006, Cullen was involved in a pair of alcohol-related incidents. The more notable one involved his trek through a Wendy’s drive-through in Dearborn, MI, while naked.

“Well, it’s simple; it’s called a blackout,” Cullen later said about the incident. “When you have a blackout, bang. You realize, being educated [about alcohol abuse] that you drink too much. I’m sure there’s a lot of incidents out there where people don’t remember a thing they did the night when they were drinking. That’s basically what happened.”

Prior to joining the Jaguars, Cullen had three years of experience with the Detroit Lions as a defensive line coach and has many years of coaching experience at the collegiate level with Massachusetts, Richmond, LSU, Memphis, Indiana, Illinois and Idaho State.

The current Browns defensive line coach Dwaine Board. What position the Cullen interview is for is not yet known.

[Related: A new coaching staff could mean a change to a 3-4 defense…]

  • mgbode

    in other news, Shurmur is interviewing for Chud’s old job. that’s right to coach Cam Newton!

    ok Cam, no more
    shotgun, no more rollouts, and dang-gun-it, no more QB sneaks.
    everything is short and timing based (despite no WRs on their roster who
    do that).


  • Tj

    I just dont understand why we interview coaches who did noticeably worse than the coaches we have now. Like shurmur for example. Then Mel Tucker. Now this guy. What’s the deal here?

  • TSR3000

    I knew this dude’s name rang a bell. I live in Detroit and this was a hilarious local story.


    He drove through a drive-thru butt naked and also got a DUI (separate incidents).

  • Are we suuuure that Haslam sold his stake in the Steelers?

  • Lucas Vaas

    why are n’t we getting guys from winning programs? nothing personal against this guy but i think it would be cool to add some people from oh i don’t know the pats, the 9ers the giants the packers …. you know teams that have been to the playoffs on a regular basis!

  • Garry_Owen

    This guy sounds like a real find.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    It’s the share Lerner still has I’m telling you it’s the only explanation. 😉

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Poor Cam cam maybe he can go back to Auburn.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The easiest answer is because noone who wins wants to go somewhere that loses. That’s how those winning teams stay winning by continuity unlike Cleveland where we change coaches every two years. Heck possibly even ownership.

  • eldaveablo

    Or come here? 🙂

  • Porckchop

    The guy drives naked through a Wendys parking lot and you guys “dont” want him?!?!?! Heck Im nominating him for Pope of the muni lot!

  • mgbode

    but, was he rapping to make sure that hot sauce was in his bag?

  • mgbode

    this one at least makes sense. Pat also getting a look for the NYJ-OC job:

    The New York Jets added two high-profile candidates to their search for a new offensive coordinator to replace Tony Sparano on Monday. They interviewed former Baltimore Ravens coordinator Cam Cameron on Monday and are interested in former Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur

  • mgbode

    poor Daboll isnt getting any interviews. apparently coaching the ’09-’10 Browns, ’11 Dolphins, and ’12 Chiefs offenses doesn’t look so hot on the old resume.

  • mgbode

    and today it’s announced that Daboll will be rejoining the Patriots in a yet to be determined role. I guess they cannot use the term videographer anymore.

  • Hugh Jass

    Cullen is Rod Marinelli’s son-in-law. The same Rod who “coached” the Lions to a perfect season (Cullen was the d-line coach in Detroit) and was Lovie Smith’s d-line coach in Chicago. Maybe Rubin and Taylor can send him for a late night chili and a frosty run.

  • mgbode

    so you are saying that we are getting Lovie Smith to be our DC? Lovie Smith DC with Norv Turner OC & Chud HC? Now that is the making of a great staff.

    Quick, where are Mr.C and Garry? We need to get this stamped as a confirmed NFL report quickly.