Giants' Belichick named head coach by Browns Notes

February 06, 1991

The Cleveland Browns yesterday made Bill Belichick the National Football League's youngest coach, hiring the defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants.

Belichick, 38, was given a five-year contract to replace Bud Carson, who was fired Nov. 5 after the Browns lost seven of their first nine games. Former offensive coordinator Jim Shofner finished the season as interim coach, but took his name out of the running.

Cleveland's 3-13 mark was the worst in the franchise's 41-year NFL history, a big turnaround from five straight trips to the playoffs.

Belichick is the son of Steve Belichick, a former fullback with the Detroit Lions and a longtime assistant coach at Navy. The younger Belichick began his NFL coaching career as an assistant with the Baltimore Colts in 1975.

* BEARS: Coach Mike Ditka has agreed to a new three-year contract.

"We worked it out in a matter of minutes," team president Mike McCaskey said of the new deal, worth an average of about $1 million a year, according to a report on WBBM-TV.

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