After having observed him coach his defensive backs for four years, it's obvious the positive vibes that permeate his players and his toughness that is exhibited when needed to get a point across to his players. He reminds one of a classroom teacher the way he disseminates techniques and instills the winning attitude in his players.
Brown's resume is impressive since he graduated from Oregon University in 1982. He had an eight-year stint as a player with the NFL's Houston Oilers and coached with the St. Louis Rams from 1995-2000 in a defensive back's capacity - the last year of which he was a coach on a Super Bowl Championship.
"I want to improve on the things that we did well and work on the things we need to improve on," explained Steve Brown. "I like to have kids that have high goals. When I recruit, I want a kid that wants to get to the next level. "Often kids don't know where he's headed and it's up to us to tell him what he should expect from himself. When I played for coach Brooks at Oregon, I was a 155-pound weakling but he told me if I listen to him I could play in the NFL." Brown said kids should have pride to the point that if they're not playing for the university, coaches or himself, Brown said he should play for the guy next to him because those are his precious memories that he shares with his teammates.
Brown said: "The goal has to be set high and if he can't achieve that goal, the worst he will be is a solid player and get a good education. I want a kid that's selfish and in defensive football, that's the one place selfishness is all right. I don't set the standards in the weight room, but a player should do what's asked of him and then do a little extra on his own for himself. If a kid doesn't have that little selfish nature about him, he can never be great." Brown said he wants to use the Clemson and Tennessee performances as momentum for greater things on the defensive side.
Brown has at his disposal a full boat of talent to work with on the defense. He has guys like defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin and defensive end Josh Minton coming off the red shirt, defensive back Ahmad Grigsby Jr. coming off the injured list, and defensive back Ashton Cobb and linebacker Sam Maxwell that should make big contributions. Walk on linebacker A.J. Nance is one to watch in the future.
Steve Brown is a relatively young, dynamic, and energetic coach that coach Brooks is likely to hit another home run such as with another internal promotion in Joker Phillips to offensive coordinator.