Report: Mel Tucker could be back with Browns

NFL.com’s Ian Rapport is reporting that if former Browns DC Mel Tucker doesn’t get the Jaguars job, he could land in Cleveland.


It’s interesting that Tucker has ran both the 3-4 and the 4-3 in the past, it shows he’s not married to one system. The last thing I’d like to see is the Browns switch, yet again, from the 3-4 to the 4-3 and have to overturn their defensive personnel.

Tucker, 41 and born in Cleveland, was the defensive coordinator in Jacksonville last year. The Jags were 30th in yards allowed and gave up an average of 27.8 points per game (tied for 29th).  In 2008, Tucker’s Browns gave up a middle-of-the-pack 21.9 ppg but were 26th in total yards allowed. Tucker began his coaching career at Michigan State, under that Nick Saban guy. Anyone heard of him?

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  • Rocko

    Keep Jauron – PLEASE…

  • keepJauron

    Wow! Great stats. Let’s dump Jauron and pickup this guy to screw up the defense. I’m gathering all my Browns gear and stacking it next to the fireplace just in case.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I can’t imagine Jauron staying but if he does it’ll be more credit to Chudzinski. Personally I’m not in love with Jauron I don’t think he was exactly a defensive guru but his remaining would ensure the 4-3 remains and for that I’m in favor.

  • JoeMac

    I really like Mel Tucker, but I hope he keeps the 4-3 alignment. Jauron is a good coach but doesn’t have any experience with Chud, therefore he is gonna go. Tucker can be a good coordinator if given the personel

  • Nick in Canton

    Schefter just tweeted Chud is targeting John Pagano as DC. Much more reliable than Rapoport. He is a 3-4 guy.

  • JHop

    Although Pagano is a 3-4 guy, he’s developed a lot of good linebackers for the Chargers over the years. If he can do the same thing for the Browns’ young LB core, I would be a very happy man.

  • TSR3000

    Interesting. I am not loving the switch from 4-3 but I think a defense is much more about talent than schemes and coaches. 3-4 or 4-3 we are need in 2-3 ggood or great LBs and a CB.

  • Jeremy

    Either way we need an upgrade at lb, and another really good corner… It looks like the d-line personnel could have some turnover, but doesn’t look major… I just want to rank above the 20’s this season…

  • Jaker

    This would be a good hire. Mel would look at the D and play to its strengths rather than his own

  • Henry Brown

    3-4/4-3 is totally overblown. We need a pass rushing OLB/DE no matter what.