Friday, January 30, 2004

Browns add experience in Wolf

NFL notebook

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Ron Wolf revived the Green Bay Packers, building them into Super Bowl champions. The Cleveland Browns are hoping he can help do the same for them.

Wolf was hired as a personnel specialist Thursday, giving the Browns some much-needed NFL experience.

"I am really excited to be able to work with the Cleveland Browns," said Wolf, the Packers' general manager from 1991-2001. "I have a lot of respect for (team president) Carmen Policy and (coach) Butch Davis."

In 11 years running the Packers, Wolf led the team to two Super Bowl appearances and a championship in 1997 - Green Bay's first in 29 years. Over a six-year span from 1993-98, the Packers went 75-35 and made the playoffs each season.

Wolf retired after the 2001 season and worked as a consultant for the Packers the last two years. He turned down several offers to return to the NFL as a full-time GM.

After making the playoffs in 2002, the Browns are coming off a 5-11 season marred by injuries, controversy and a quarterback dilemma that stretched from training camp through Week 16. Cleveland's front office has been devoid of a personnel executive of Wolf's stature and deep-rooted connections since the club returned to the league through expansion in 1999.

Wolf plans to work mainly from his home in Annapolis, Md., where he will study film for the Browns and evaluate their current roster, free agents and draft picks.

• Cleveland running back William Green was denied a request to reunite with his fianc»e, who is accused of stabbing him. Judge Maureen Adler Gravens said she needed more information about Green's treatment for drug and alcohol abuse and fianc»e Asia Gray's felony assault case in another court.

Gray has pleaded innocent to stabbing Green in the back with a steak knife Nov. 19 and is under a restraining order. Green was suspended from the NFL after he was charged with drunken driving and marijuana possession Oct. 27.

TITANS: Left tackle Brad Hopkins was added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster in place of Chiefs tackle Willie Roaf. An 11-year veteran, Hopkins started every game at left tackle this season for an offense ranked eighth in the NFL.

FALCONS: Coach Jim Mora hired Jeff Jagodzinski as tight ends coach. Jagodzinski was fired Jan. 16 by Green Bay, where he coached the position for five years.

LIONS: Larry Brooks, who has 18 years of NFL coaching experience, was named defensive line coach Thursday. Brooks was on new Detroit defensive coordinator Dick Jauron's staff in Chicago last year.

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