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For anything - like seven defensive backs on the field at once. Or a safety who could just as easily drop back into man coverage as zip through a hole in the line out of the same front.

Then there are the carefully calibrated names of his personnel packages from the past. Shogun. Fox. Rock. Stud.

And perhaps the most telling of the bunch - Trauma.

“It was a good stunt,” Brown said wistfully - or at least as wistfully as the blunt New Englander will allow himself.

And one Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder likely dealt with during his time as Maine’s offensive coordinator. The weeks he was to face Brown were as much about covering every potential weakness because Brown was sure to find them.

With well-disguised blitzes (as well as a creative propensity to adjust from opponent to opponent), Brown’s defenses earned a reputation for exploiting any opening.

“Oh my goodness,” Wilder said. “I spent a lot of time on him. It was as good a coach as we faced. I looked at it as a great learning experience because if you could block what he’s bringing, you can block anybody’s fronts. Kids see a base 4-3 with America-zone-fire. That’s a piece of cake compared to this two-down, five-man twist Brown brought last week.”

Brown’s multiplicity is a direct result of acting as something of a pigskin packrat. Every tweaked scheme that helped him win at some stage is stashed away in a playbook he streamlined this offseason with the extra time he is permitted without head coaching duties.

The philosophy, though, didn’t change.

“He’s relentless,” said Miles, who transferred to Massachusetts from Navy. “Every play. One thing he hates is to play zone coverage. He’s always [saying], ‘You think I want to sit back and watch people pick apart my defense?’ He’s very intense. He doesn’t like to let the quarterback breathe at all.”

Instant impact

Brown sat with New Hampshire coach Sean McDonnell at a New England sports writers dinner in December. At the time, Brown was in the mix for the vacant job at Yale.

“I said there’s two reasons you should take it,” McDonnell said. “One is you’re in the latter part of your career and you have an opportunity to go make some great money and coach at a great institution. Two, I won’t have to coach against your sorry [butt] anymore. Donnie just started laughing, and I said, ‘I’m serious. I’m getting tired of this stuff.’ ”

Brown didn’t end up at Yale. A month later, though, he replaced Chris Cosh as Maryland’s defensive coordinator - Brown’s first major-college gig.

“I’m happy for him,” McDonnell said. “[But] I’m glad he’s out of the league.”

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