Turner’s experience, savvy a huge plus

Posted by Vic Carucci on February 8, 2013 – 7:53 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:

Randy – Norv Turner is a class act. He’ll bring a “leading-with-quiet-confidence” approach. No bluster and smack-talk nonsense; just good, solid coaching. The shaky Browns organization and fledgling new staff need his experience and savvy. They have MUCH work to do, and Norv is great to have onboard.

I agree with your assessment, Randy.

What you’re talking about is stability, and that comes from not only Turner’s low-keyed personality and approach, but also from has vast experience.

The 27 years he has spent coaching in the NFL, including 14 as a head coach, are vital to helping the Browns’ offense make major strides and to the overall guidance of the team.

As a first-year head coach, Rob Chudzinski no doubt will lean heavily on Turner and look to him for counsel and wisdom whenever he needs it.

And during the ups and downs of a typical NFL season, it will be immensely helpful to the entire coaching staff to have Turner’s ability to keep things as calm as possible. That applies every bit as much to the good times as it does the struggles.

Most of all, the Browns will benefit from Turner’s teaching. He will be an extremely helpful voice in the ear of each of the quarterbacks and to every member of the offense.

On top of that, he will bring his deft play-calling touch, something that is recognized throughout the NFL as being as good as anyone has seen from any coach in league history.

Yes, there is plenty of work to do. But Turner, along with the rest of the coaching staff, appears to be more than qualified to handle it.

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Rubin, Taylor could see field at same time

Posted by Vic Carucci on February 8, 2013 – 12:11 am

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:

Paul – What does the move from the 4-3 to 3-4 mean for Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor? Will they ever be on the field together? Also, is there a potential for one or more of the linemen to be moved to linebacker?

I think there’s more than a reasonable chance that Rubin and Taylor will be on the field at the same time, Paul.

You start with the fact that both are highly talented and pretty versatile athletes. A football team always can find a way to utilize such players.

Taylor does offer more of the size and girth that would figure to make him an ideal fit for the role of nose tackle, the anchor of the three-man front. But that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be moved outside in a particular formation. And Ray Horton, the Browns’ new defensive coordinator, intends to make use of a variety of fronts.

I could see Rubin moving outside as an end. Being a larger player shouldn’t be a detriment to his working from the outside of the line, although, in a 3-4 defense, outside linebackers effectively function in a similar fashion to ends in a 4-3. So Rubin, who had been a tackle on a four-man line, wouldn’t necessarily feel that much out of place, because there still would be a defender lined up outside of him.

I also could see Billy Winn, who was a defensive tackle and end last season as a rookie, comfortably lining up at end in the 3-4. And John Hughes, another rookie lineman in 2012, could work in the middle or outside on a three-man line.

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