The Browns, one day after firing Todd Grantham, have a new defensive coordinator – defensive back coach Mel Tucker. “We are excited to have Mel as our defensive coordinator,” coach Romeo Crennel said in a statement. “He has a football plan, life plan, coaches the fundamentals and relates well with the players. I believe he will be successful in this new role.” Tucker gets a two-year extension that keeps him with the team through the 2010 season. “I’m looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and I’m confident with hard work we can improve our defense,” said Tucker. “We have a great group of players on this team and my familiarity with them will be an asset.”
The 36-year-old will have the job of turning around one of the worst defenses in the league, as the Browns were ranked 30th overall and allowed 382 points and 5,737 yards. Tucker was an assistant defensive coach at Ohio State from 2001-04 before joining Crennel’s staff in Cleveland. The Browns backfield, which Tucker was in charge of this past season, allowed 29 TD’s. Tucker played four seasons at Wisconsin before beginning his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Nick Saban at Michigan State in 1997.
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