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Press Release: Browns Add Four to Coaching Staff
Dave Kolonich on January 31st, 2011 AT 7:00 PM
For Immediate Release
January 31, 2011
BROWNS ADD FOUR TO COACHING STAFF
The Cleveland Browns today announced the additions of Dwaine Board, Bill Davis, Mark Whipple and Mike Wilson to the club's coaching staff.
Board joins the Browns as defensive line coach, after most recently spending the 2009 season as the defensive line coach of the Oakland Raiders. Before joining the Raiders, he spent six seasons (2003-08) as the defensive line coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Board began his NFL coaching career in 1990 as the defensive line assistant with the San Francisco 49ers, after a successful 10-year playing career. A fifth-round (137th overall) draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1979 NFL Draft, Board was released by the Steelers and joined the 49ers as a rookie, where he registered a team-leading seven sacks. He played with San Francisco from 1979-88, and retired in 1988 after joining the New Orleans Saints for the final four games of that season. A native of Rocky Mount, Va., Board and his wife, Lynne, have three daughters, Camille, Allie and Tessa Raine.
Davis re-joins the Browns as the team's linebackers coach. He previously served as the club's defensive quality control coach during the 1999 season. Davis spent the previous four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, where he coached linebackers (2007-08) and was the team's defensive coordinator (2009-10). From 2005-06, Davis served as the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. Before becoming the 49ers' defensive coordinator, he spent four seasons tutoring the linebackers of the New York Giants (2004) and Atlanta Falcons (2001-03). He spent the 2000 season in Green Bay as a defensive assistant/defensive line coach with the Packers. He also spent four seasons leading the Carolina Panthers' linebackers unit (1995-98). Davis' first NFL coaching position came with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992, where he spent three seasons as the defensive quality control coach. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Davis attended Berea (Ohio) High School. His father, Bill Davis, spent 15 seasons in the NFL as a coach and executive, including six years (1981-86) with the Browns as director of player personnel and later vice president of personnel. Davis and his wife, Sherry, have four daughters, Monica, Brooke and twins Grace and Ava, and a son, Billy.
Whipple joins the Browns as quarterbacks coach. Whipple most recently spent the 2009-10 seasons as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami. Prior to joining the Hurricanes staff, Whipple spent the 2008 season as an offensive assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles. He entered the NFL coaching ranks in 2004 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, spending three seasons (2004-06) as the team's quarterbacks coach. Under his tutelage, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger set a new NFL rookie record for completion percentage (66.4%) and passer rating (98.1%), while becoming the first rookie quarterback in league history to win his first 13 regular season starts. A native of Tarrytown, N.Y., Whipple and his wife, Brenda, have two sons, Spencer and Austin.
Wilson joins the Browns as wide receivers coach. Most recently, Wilson spent the 2009-10 seasons as the wide receivers coach of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL. Prior to his stint with the UFL, Wilson spent three seasons (2004-06) with the Arizona Cardinals, coaching both tight ends (2004) and wide receivers (2005-06). Wilson also spent three seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Southern California (1997-99).
Prior to his stint at USC, he spent two seasons with the Oakland Raiders (1995-96) as the club's wide receivers coach. Wilson began his coaching career at Stanford University, where he served as wide receiver and tight ends coach from 1992-94 under head coach Bill Walsh. A ninth-round (250th overall) draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFL Draft, Wilson spent 10 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (1981-90) as a wide receiver, where he amassed 159 receptions for 2,199 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. During his career with San Francisco, Wilson helped the 49ers to four Super Bowl titles, six NFC Championship game appearances and eight division titles. A native of Los Angeles, Wilson has two daughters, Samantha and Emma.
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Browns 2011 season tickets available Feb. 7
Don Delco on January 31st, 2011 AT 2:58 PM
Today, the Cleveland Browns announced season tickets for the 2011 season will be available starting Monday, Feb. 7.
The Browns home opponents for next season include Baltimore, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh within the AFC North, as well as Jacksonville, Miami, St. Louis, Seattle and Tennessee.
Below is the official release from the Browns:
Season tickets for the 2011 season at Cleveland Browns Stadium will be available starting on Monday, February 7. In addition, renewal notices for current Season Ticket Holders will be sent starting the end of this week, via both e-mail and home delivery.
“Having a home field advantage is very important in creating the type of atmosphere that can give our team the best chance for success,” said Browns President Mike Holmgren. “We want to give our fans the best gameday experience as possible as we hope to build on the strides we made last year. I believe our fans can continue to make a difference, and I look forward to having them contribute to an exciting 2011 season at Cleveland Browns Stadium.”
Prospective Season Ticket Holders will have many options from which to choose this season. In 2011, the Browns are introducing a $190 season ticket for the 10-game home package, which consists of eight regular season games and two preseason contests. These areas, which consist of more than 1,400 seats, were previously priced at $320. The season prices for the remaining seats in Cleveland Browns Stadium will stay the same from last season (please see attached diagram for complete 2011 season ticket pricing).
"Our goal is to make Browns games accessible for as many people as possible, and we feel that with this new seating category, we continue to do that," said Browns Vice President, Ticket Sales and Service Chris Gallagher. "There are many choices in different locations and price ranges for all fans, allowing them to enjoy all of the benefits associated with being a Browns Season Ticket Holder."
Browns Season Ticket Holders receive multiple benefits from their single-game counterparts. This includes the following key benefits:
•Same seats guaranteed for every preseason and regular season home game
•Significant savings over single-game ticket prices
•Personalized service from their Guest Relations Representative
•Exclusive Season Ticket Holder events
•Flexible payment options
•Discounted season parking
•In-stadium discounts on team merchandise
Fans can purchase season tickets by calling (440) 824-3434, toll free at (888) 891-1999 or online at www.ClevelandBrowns.com.
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OBR Newswire updates for January 29th through January 30th
OBR Newswire on January 30th, 2011 AT 6:00 PM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for January 29th through January 30th:
- What’s Gonna Happen – iPicks 2011 Super Bowl XLV Pick – The ancient Mayans and Nostradamus are Cleveland Browns fans who met on Facebook. They went to Applebee’s to predict Super Bowl XLV. They were tied in their fantasy league.
- Canton Rep – Trading Bernie for Jim Zorn – Kosar had comprehensive access to the team in 2009 and has contacts that give him uncommon knowledge of the 2010 team.
In other words, he has knowledge his bosses in Cincinnati would be foolish not to tap as tools in trying to beat the Browns twice.
- Baltimore Sun – Flacco takes Zorn’s firing personally – Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is angry about last week's firing of Jim Zorn and is taking the release of the quarterbacks coach personally.
- Miami Herald – NFLPA report says injuries are up – The NFL Players Association released a report Friday saying that the amount and severity of injuries throughout the league increased in 2010.