Marchibroda retains 5 Arnsparger declines; Search continues for defensive coordinator


Baltimore football coach Ted Marchibroda officially hired five coaches from the former Cleveland Browns staff yesterday, but he is still in search of a defensive coordinator.

One of the latest candidates to turn down the job is Bill Arnsparger, 69, architect of the Miami Dolphins' "No-Name Defense" in the early 1970s, and the "Killer B's" defense of the early 1980s.

Arnsparger's last job was defensive coordinator with the San Diego Chargers from 1992 through 1994.

Kevin Byrne, a team vice president, confirmed that Arnsparger showed initial interest, but later declined a position as either a consultant or defensive coordinator.

Former Redskins coach and defensive coordinator Richie Petitbon also has turned down the position.

The group Marchibroda named yesterday consisted of Jacob Burney, Pat Hill, Scott O'Brien, Mike Sheppard and Jerry Simmons.

Burney, Hill and O'Brien were three of the coaches most coveted by Marchibroda because of the respect they have earned throughout the league.

Burney will coach the defensive line for the third straight year. Hill will coach tight ends, and O'Brien remains special teams coach.

Simmons has directed the Browns' strength and conditioning programs since 1991.

Sheppard will work closely with Marchibroda in developing the team's offense. He is the former head coach at Long Beach State and New Mexico. He joined the Browns in 1993 and has coached the team's wide receivers the past two years.

"This is a good start for our staff," said Marchibroda. "My first priority was to convince these coaches to stay with us, and they give up a very solid base to our staff.

"They know the players, they know the systems that have been used here and they can speed our transition to winning more games next season."

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