On Monday, Feb. 14, the Cleveland Browns have announced its coaching staff for the 2011 season, its first under head coach Pat Shurmur, is complete.
Most notably, the Browns do not have an offensive coordinator. Shurmur, who called plays the last two seasons as St. Louis' offensive coordinator, will serve that role.
Nine coaches from Mangini's tenure were retained in Gary Brown (running backs), Bill Davis (linebackers), Keith Gilbertson (senior assistant – offense), Steve Hagen (tight ends), Jerome Henderson (defensive backs), Kent Johnston (strength and conditioning), Rick Lyle (assistant strength and conditioning), Luke Steckel (assistant to the head coach) and George Warhop (offensive line).
In addition, the newcomers to the Browns' staff are Shurmur, Dick Jauron (defensive coordinator), Chris Tabor (special teams coordinator), Chris Beake (offensive assistant), Dwaine Board (defensive line), Chuck Bullough (defensive assistant), Shawn Mennenga (special teams assistant), Ray Rhodes (senior assistant – defense), Mark Whipple (quarterbacks) and Mike Wilson (wide receivers).
Combined, the Browns coaches have 215 years in the NFL led by former head coaches Rhodes (31) and Jauron (27).
"With our coaching staff now complete, I am excited about the group that we have been able to assemble," said Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur, in a team press release. "I believe we have a blend of coaches with a tremendous amount of experience who have proven to be excellent teachers throughout the course of their careers. I have known most of these guys for a considerable amount of time, and not only have I been impressed with their work, but they are all greatly respected around the league. Many of our coaches have been a part of winning programs, which is an important element as well. I feel very good about the strengths that each coach possesses, and I am confident this will benefit our team."
Please check out the OBR Daily Blog 2/14 for bios on Beake, Bullough, Gilbertson, Mennenga, Rhodes and Steckel.