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Bios of new Browns coaches
Don Delco on February 14th, 2011 AT 5:21 PM
Chris Beake, Offensive Assistant
Beake spent last season as an offensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers. Prior to that, he spent two years with the Seattle Seahawks, first as an offensive quality control coach in 2008 before serving as an offensive assistant/assistant special teams coach the following season. Prior to his stint in Seattle, he was the linebackers coach with the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-06. During that time, Beake mentored Keith Brooking to Pro Bowl selections in 2004 and 2005. Prior to Atlanta, Beake spent six seasons with San Francisco in various roles. He was a pro personnel assistant (1998), quality control/defense coach (1999), defensive assistant (2000-02) and offensive assistant (2003).
Chuck Bullough, Defensive Assistant
Bullough joins the Browns staff with 14 years of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional levels. He most recently spent the previous five seasons at UCLA, where he served as the linebackers coach (2006-08) and defensive coordinator (2009-10). Bullough was the linebackers coach at Western Michigan University in 2005 and linebackers and special teams coach at Lake Forest College in 2004. He joined the NFL coaching ranks with the Chicago Bears for five seasons from 1999-2003. During his time with the Bears, he was the assistant linebackers coach (1999-2001), assistant defensive line coach (2002) and assistant secondary coach (2003), while also assisting with special teams all five seasons. Bullough began his coaching career at his alma mater, Michigan State University, spending one season assisting the defensive backs (1997) and another assisting the offensive line (1998). A four-year letterman at MSU, Bullough was drafted by Philadelphia in the eighth round (214th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft and spent three seasons with the Miami Dolphins (1993-95) as a linebacker. A second generation NFL player and coach, Bullough's father, Hank, spent 21 years as an NFL coach, most notably winning a Super Bowl title as an assistant with the 1970 Baltimore Colts and spending parts of the 1985 and 1986 seasons as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
Keith Gilbertson, Senior Assistant – Offense
Gilbertson joined the Browns last season as the Director of Pro Personnel. He has 38 years of coaching experience, most recently with the Seattle Seahawks where he served in several capacities, including offensive consultant (2005), assistant offensive line coach (2006-07) and wide receivers coach (2008). Gilbertson has spent 28 years as a coach on the collegiate level, including nine as a head coach, consisting of stints at Idaho (1986-88), Cal-Berkeley (1992-95) and Washington (2003-04). During that time his teams posted a composite record of 55-51. He began his coaching career by serving as a graduate assistant at Idaho State (1971-74), Western Washington (1975) and Washington (1976). He has been a member of the staffs at Utah State (1977-81), Idaho (1982) and Washington (1989-91, '99-02). He previously coached professionally with the Seahawks from 1996-98 and the Los Angeles Express of the USFL from 1983-85.
Shawn Mennenga, Special Teams Assistant
Mennenga brings 17 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level to the Browns' special teams. He most recently spent the past two seasons (2009-10) as the linebackers coach at South Dakota State University. Before joining South Dakota State's staff, Mennenga spent four seasons (2005-08) as the defensive coordinator at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. He spent the previous four years at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, where he served one season as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator (2001) and the final three as the team's head coach (2002-04). During his collegiate coaching career, he has also held assistant positions at Hutchinson Community College (defensive coordinator – 1998-2000), Western Kentucky University (outside linebackers – 1997) and Southwest Baptist University (1995-96 – secondary; 1994 – graduate assistant).
Ray Rhodes, Senior Assistant – Defense
Rhodes brings 30 years of experience coaching in the NFL, including five seasons as a head coach. He spent the past three seasons with the Houston Texans, serving first as assistant defensive backs coach in 2008 before spending the last two seasons as senior defensive assistant. Prior to Houston, Rhodes spent five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as defensive coordinator (2003-05) and special projects/defense (2006-07). Rhodes also served as the defensive coordinator in Denver (2001-02), Washington (2000), San Francisco (1994) and Green Bay (1992-93). He was the head coach in Green Bay in 1998, leading the Packers to an 8-8 record. Rhodes was the head coach in Philadelphia from 1995-98 and in his first year there he earned NFL Coach of Year honors after guiding the Eagles to a 10-6 mark and an appearance in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs. Rhodes got his start in the NFL with the 49ers as assistant secondary coach from 1981-82 before coaching defensive backs from 1983-91. He was a 10th round draft choice by the New York Giants in 1974 and played wide receiver for his first three NFL seasons (1974-76), before switching to defensive back for the final four years of his career (1977-80). Overall, Rhodes appeared in 97 regular season contests and in 1975, he led the NFC with a 20.7 yards per reception clip.
Luke Steckel, Assistant to the Head Coach
Steckel enters his third season with the Browns as the Assistant to the Head Coach. He was a three-year letterman as a linebacker at Princeton University where served as team captain as a senior and led the Tigers to a 9-1 record and the Ivy League Championship. Steckel's father, Les, was a coach for 32 years with 23 of them in the NFL, including the 1984 season as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on February 14th, 2011 AT 8:00 AM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for February 14th from 07:08 to 07:15:
- Plain Dealer – Cleveland Browns’ future dampened by NFL’s storm clouds — and a season of transition – The more you hear Tom Heckert and Mike Holmgren talk, the more you wonder how far behind the curve the Browns really are with a lockout looming.
- Plain Dealer – Solving a few of the 10 great mysteries of the 2010 Cleveland Browns – In our review of the Browns' 2010 season published in the Jan. 9 Plain Dealer, we listed 10 Great Mysteries of the season.
- Canton Repository – Around the NFL—Browns’ Jauron faces tough task – The losing grows old and moldy. Browns fans are left to hope Dick Jauron learned in the halls of ivy how to artfully apply ever-fresh ideas.
- Plain Dealer – Age is not the only reason Cleveland Browns released Shaun Rogers and 5 other players this week – Age was the number one factor — but not the only one — in terminating the contracts of six veteran players this week, said Browns General Manager Tom Heckert.
- Plain Dealer – Terry Pluto’s Talkin’ … about the Browns’ revamped defense – The football season is over and no one knows whether there will be a 2011 campaign, but that doesn't mean that Terry isn't talkin' …
- News-Herald – Jeff Schudel’s NFL notes: Browns need most help at receiver – No one knows what shape the NFL landscape will take when the union and owners stop posturing and finally get down to negotiating a collective bargaining agreement all sides can live with.
- ESPN.com – Sources: Talks between NFL and NFLPA ended over inaccurately presented documents – When is a proposal not a proposal? When the NFL and the NFL Players Association are involved.
- USA Today – The race is on to put an NFL franchise back in Los Angeles – Tim Leiweke had just come in from the cold, delayed a few minutes by the arctic blast and icy streets that threw a wrench into Super Bowl week.