The Browns have filed the necessary paperwork and so the Eagles have granted them permission to interview defensive backs coach Dick Jauron for Cleveland's defensive coordinator opening, a league source said.
Browns president Mike Holmgren formally introduced new head coach Pat Shurmur today. Jauron, who was hired by the Eagles almost exactly a year ago, worked under Holmgren in Green Bay from 1992-94. He previously was the head coach at Buffalo (2006-09) and Chicago (1999-2003).
Jauron was also a senior assistant with the Eagles. He was brought in last year to bring some veteran leadership to a young defensive coaching staff headed by the 36-year-old Sean McDermott.
McDermott's defense struggled last season, but he will be back, coach Andy Reid said Monday. If Jauron goes, though, the Eagles will need to fill a hole on defense. Michael Zordich, who was the Eagles' defensive quality control coach this past season, also worked extensively with the defensive backs. The former NFL safety would be a likely candidate.
The Eagles may look for someone with more experience, however.
Jauron, first, has to get the Browns job. All signs seem to indicate that he will.