Newcomer Catlin epitomized Cleveland’s deadly combination of aggressiveness and smarts as well as anyone. “Catlin, I think, was the most intelligent linebacker I have ever seen, McCormack said. “He just studied and analyzed everything … he just knew where to be — knew his defense, knew his coverage.” And, McCormack added, Catlin “was tough.”Catlin would be a significant contributor to Cleveland’s ascent back to the top of the football world. However, his stint with the team was interrupted by military service that cost him two full seasons and most of a third. Like so many of the Browns of that era, he had a long career as an assistant coach after his playing days.
In fact, Catlin’s longest coaching stint was with Seattle, shortly after the arrival of McCormack in the early ’80s. He stayed 13 seasons in such roles as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.