Coach’s ability to adapt matters

Posted by Vic Carucci on January 7, 2013 – 11:44 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

Matt – Who’s the best coaching prospect that fits with the personnel already in place?

Matt, I don’t know that the selection would necessarily come down to a coach whose offensive and/or defensive philosophies mesh with the players on the roster.

I am not speaking for team owner Jimmy Haslam or chief executive officer Joe Banner when I say this, but I think the ideal choice is a coach who knows how to tailor his scheme(s) to his personnel.

I know that coaches have specific ideas of the type of offense and defense they employ, and I know that you really can’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to certain concepts. But it matters more that your coach is open-minded enough and enough of an out-of-the-box thinker to adapt to what his players to best or are physically built to handle.

For instance, if a coach inherits a defense whose front-seven players are mostly good fits for a 4-3 scheme – as would be the case with the Browns – he probably would be wise to go with that as a base look even if he is a bigger believer in the 3-4. He could conceivably mix the approaches as he transitions from one to the other.

When it comes to employing an up-tempo, read-option offense – such as the one Chip Kelly employs at Oregon – you’d likely have to find a quarterback with optimum mobility and perhaps more smaller/quicker receivers than larger players at that position.

However, as long as a coach has the willingness to adapt and adjust, it would be possible to make it work with most of the players already in place.

Patti – I believe that the Browns are so underrated! They are the team to watch. Agree?

Absolutely, Patti.

I honestly don’t think this team is too far off from making its way into the postseason. And watching the playoff games over the weekend provided ample evidence of how small the gap truly is between the Browns and teams that qualified for the tournament.

The Browns have a solid core of young players upon which they can effectively build through the draft and free agency. That is one reason their head-coaching opening is as attractive as any in the league.

I also expect the team to land a coach who will be more than capable of leading the club to the next level.

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