Other than hiring an offensive coordinator, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur did not plan on making any changes to his coaching staff this offseason, but he now has one more position to fill.
Defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson is leaving the team to join former Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Dallas. Henderson had been with the Browns since 2009, when he was brought on as a member of Eric Mangini’s coaching staff. He was kept on the staff when Pat Shurmur became head coach in 2011, making him one of five assistants held over from Mangini’s tenure.
The secondary was much-improved under Henderson, with the unit having one of its best seasons in 2011, giving up the second-fewest pass yards per game (184.9) in the entire NFL.
While some point to the fact that teams would have preferred to gash the Browns defense on the ground, there was still pressure on the secondary to perform well. Without a consistent pass defense, the Browns ran the risk of being blown out of nearly every game.