Patterson hired to coach defensive line

The Denver Broncos have hired former Cleveland assistant Andre Patterson to work with their defensive front. They also named Jimmy Spencer as assistant defensive backs coach, Kirk Doll as linebackers coach, Troy Calhoun as assistant to the head coach and Jim Ryan as defensive assistant.

Patterson, 44, spent the previous two seasons as the Cleveland Browns' defensive line coach. An NFL assistant coach for the last eight years, he also worked with the defensive lines of Dallas, Minnesota and New England and has 23 total years of coaching experience.

In 2004, Patterson's instruction helped defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban post a career-high eight sacks on a line that contributed to two six-sack games. His 2003 unit led a consistent pass rush that registered a sack in 15 of 16 games and posted three sacks in each of Cleveland's final five contests.

Patterson spent three seasons (2000-02) coaching the Dallas Cowboys' defensive tackles, and his interior linemen were part of a defense that allowed only 10 rushing scores in 2002. Patterson guided defensive tackle La'Roi Glover to a Pro Bowl nomination that year with 6.5 sacks.

He worked with Chris Doleman and John Randle, who respectively rank fourth and tied for fifth all-time in sacks, in two seasons (1998-99) as the Minnesota Vikings' defensive line coach. Patterson began his NFL career as a defensive assistant with the 1997 New England Patriots.

Before entering the NFL, he held coaching positions at the following schools: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (head coach, 1994-96), Washington State University (defensive line, 1992-93), Cornell University (defensive line, 1990-91), Western Washington University (defensive coordinator, 1989), Weber State University (defensive line, 1988), St. Monica High School in California (head coach, 1987), Renton High School in Washington (defensive coordinator/offensive line, 1983-86) and University of Montana (graduate assistant, 1982).

A 1983 University of Montana graduate with a bachelor's degree in secondary education, Patterson was born June 12, 1960, in Camden, Ark. He and his wife, Donna, have a son, Andre Jr., and a daughter, Ashmera.

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