For Immediate Release
January 14, 2009
BROWNS NAME BRIAN DABOLL AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, ROB RYAN AS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR AND BRAD SEELY AS ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR
"I am extremely pleased to bring three quality people in Brian, Rob and Brad to our coaching staff and to the Cleveland Browns organization," said Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini. "I know firsthand that all three are very experienced, talented and dedicated coaches who share the same team-first vision and are passionate towards our goal of bringing an NFL championship to Cleveland."
Mangini is reunited with Daboll, Ryan and Seely as all four coaches spent a four year stretch together from 2000 to 2003 as part of the New England Patriots coaching staff. In those four seasons in New England, Mangini led the defensive backs, Daboll was a defensive assistant and then wide receivers coach, Ryan guided the linebackers and Seely coached the special teams unit.
Daboll joins the Browns with 11 years of coaching experience, including nine years in the NFL. A native of Welland, Ontario, Daboll spent the last two seasons with the New York Jets as quarterbacks coach alongside Mangini. In the 2008 season, Daboll played a major role in acclimating future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre to the Jets' offense after Favre came out of retirement and was acquired by the Jets after a prolific career with the Green Bay Packers. In 2008, Favre ranked fifth in the NFL in completion percentage (65.7%), sixth in completions (343), ninth in touchdowns (22) and 11th in passing yards (3,472).
"I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to work for the Cleveland Browns, one of the most storied franchises in the history of the NFL," said Daboll. "Growing up a short drive away, I know how devoted and dedicated Browns fans are. I plan to use the experience I have garnered in my coaching career, on both offense and defense, to craft a tough, smart, hardworking unit."
Ryan brings to the Browns 22 years of coaching experience, including 11 years in the NFL and the last five seasons as the Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator (2004-08). Last season, Ryan's Oakland defense ranked 10th in the league against the pass with an average of 201.3 yards allowed per game, ranked 10th in the NFL with 16 interceptions and 13th in the league with 32 sacks. In 2007, Ryan coordinated a Raiders defense that produced two players who ranked in the top-10 in the AFC in sacks as defensive end Derrick Burgess and linebacker Chris Clemons each recorded eight sacks. That season, Ryan's defense ranked third in the NFL in percentage of passes intercepted (4.1%), eighth in the NFL in pass defense (195.8 yards per game), fifth in the AFC in opponent's third down efficiency (39%) and sixth in the AFC in opponent's red zone touchdown percentage (50.9%).
"It's great to be part of the Browns organization and to be reunited with Eric Mangini," said Ryan. "Brian, Brad and myself have accomplished a lot of good things with Eric in the past and I look forward to continuing that in Cleveland. Having been around the game of football my entire life, I have always admired the history and passion associated with this franchise. I am excited to be a part of it and to work with a defense that has a good mix of young players and veterans."
Seely provides the Browns with 31 years of coaching experience, including 20 years in the NFL. Seely spent the last ten seasons with the New England Patriots as special teams coach and has celebrated three Super Bowl championships as a member of the Patriots staff. In 2008, Seely guided a Patriots special teams unit that ranked third in the NFL in kickoff returns with an average starting position of just over the 30 yard line (30.5) and featured third-year place kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who earned Pro Bowl honors and led the NFL with a career-best 148 points and 36 field goals. Gostkowski also tied for sixth in the league with 17 touchbacks. The Patriots special teams also featured kick returner Ellis Hobbs, who ranked second in the NFL with a 28.5 kickoff return average and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
"Eric and I have forged a relationship over the last ten years and I look forward to continuing that with the Browns," said Seely. "The Browns are very special. Having been in the NFL for many years, I am very aware of how important the team is to the city of Cleveland and its place in the NFL."