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Are the Cleveland Browns Headed Towards a Coaching Staff Shakeup This Offseason?

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COMMENTARY | It's very likely the Cleveland Browns will have some new faces on their coaching staff in 2014.

Head coach Rob Chudzinski will almost certainly be patrolling the sidelines for Cleveland next season, and Norv Turner seems like a lock to return as the Browns' offensive coordinator, but the fate of two of Cleveland's other assistant coaches is still very much in doubt at this moment.

The first man who might not be with the Browns in 2014 is special teams coordinator Chris Tabor. Long the only reliable unit on the team during their recent run of futility, Cleveland's special teams have fallen off of a cliff in 2013.

The Browns are outside of the top 10 in the NFL in every single major special teams category, and save for the play of return man Travis Benjamin before he went out for the year, this unit has been a disappointment in 2013. Cleveland suffered two blocked punts in a Week 11 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, and poor execution on the opposite sides of a pair of onside kicks have cost the Browns dearly in their last two games.

Having been hired by the Browns in 2011, Tabor is a holdover from Cleveland's previous regime, so he has to be considered to be very much on the hot seat at this moment.

The other coach that might not be in Cleveland next season is defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Unlike Tabor, Horton is by no means on the hot seat as the Browns' defense has been superb at times this fall.

Cleveland's defense is in the top 10 in the league this season in total yards allowed, passing yards allowed, and rushing yards allowed. Not bad at all for a unit that has been on the field for 970 plays this season, which is the fourth-highest total in the NFL. The Browns are allowing just 4.7 yards per play on the year, good enough for second in the league in that category behind the Seattle Seahawks.

Needless to say, the Browns would love to have Horton back in 2014, but he might have other plans. Horton wants to be a head coach in this league, and came very close to achieving his goal this past offseason. He was considered for head coaching jobs with the Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills before winding up with the Browns on January 18.

With the likelihood that there will be quite a few head coaching vacancies this offseason, the Browns will be lucky if Horton returns to Cleveland in 2014.

Shaun Heidrick is a Yahoo Contributor who has followed the Cleveland Browns for over 25 years.

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