"His familiarity with many of the things we do up front was important, but his experience as a coordinator is what elevated him in our eyes," Phillips said. "He knows and understands how one position group on the defense affects everything else that goes on in the scheme. You can only gain that type of knowledge of the big picture by actually creating a game plan and coordinating a defense, and I think it's a huge plus."
Under Grantham, the Browns' defense was ranked 30th in total yards allowed in 2007, 27th in rushing defense, 26th in sacks, 24th in passing defense, 21st in scoring defense and 14th in interceptions. Still, his dismissal from Cleveland was considered a surprise because the Browns' defense had improved late in the season.
Parcells is Miami's new executive vice president of football operations and Jeff Ireland, the former Cowboys' VP of college and pro scouting, is the club's new general manager.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.