Similarly to Horton, defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi was released by the Browns on Tuesday. Over the course of his 18 years as a coach in the NFL, Cioffi is responsible for tutoring the likes of star cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Joe Haden.
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In 2012, Cioffi was defensive backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona’s secondary lead the NFL in passer rating defense (71.2). Regrettably, Haden’s injuries hobbled him in 2016, and the Browns secondary personnel was underwhelming.
Due to his experience, Cioffi seems like a coach who could come in and turn things around immediately.
Regardless of Oakland’s decision, coaching by Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. must step up in a major way. Oakland’s horrid pass rush, producing just 25 sacks, is a league worst. Potential is there for the secondary, evident by the amount of deflected 70 passes (16th) and also, Oakland’s 16 interceptions ranks them 9th in the league.