Familiar Names All Over KC

From Mo Carthon to Len Dawson, the ties between Kansas City and Cleveland are many.

By Steve King

General manager Scott Pioli is not the only familiar face with the Kansas City Chiefs, who host the Browns on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

There are a lot of people with that organization who are well-known to Browns fans – one of whom for the wrong reason..

We start with assistant head coach Maurice Carthon, who served as offensive coordinator for the first 1½ seasons of the Romeo Crennel era before the head coach was forced, under pressure from general manager Phil Savage, to fire him in midseason in 2006. He may be the worst offensive coordinator – or just coordinator, period – in Browns history. His schemes and game plans seemed to have no rhyme or reason, and his in-game adjustments were non-existent.

Actually, he did have adjustments, and they came at halftime not with some clarification on the x's and o's but reportedly with profanity-laced, name-calling tirades that offended all the players, especially those with a religious background.

The fact that Crennel, who was tight with Carthon, steadfastly refused to either fire or at least demote him until he was told he had no choice but to do so, was one of the first warning signals about the head coach. That he would imperil the team, his own job status and also that of his assistants, because of loyalty to one man who was doing a poor job and was universally disliked in the locker room, was extremely troubling, and, as it turned out, very revealing about Crennel and his ability to be a head coach.

The other Chiefs who have connections to the Browns, Cleveland, Northeast Ohio or Ohio in general include:

*Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who served as linebackers coach of the Browns in 2003.

*Manager of football operations Chris Caminiti, a quasi-assistant coach and Crennel's personal assistant in 2007 and '08 with the Browns.

*Offensive quality coach Nick Sirianni, who was an assistant at Mount Union from 2000-05, working with the wide receivers and then the defensive backs, during which time the Purple Raiders won the NCAA Division III national championship in 2005. He also was a wideout for Mount Union, helping lead the school to two other national crowns in 2001 and '02. Sirianni will no doubt be paying attention on Saturday when his alma mater tries to capture another Division III national title when it meets Wisconsin-Whitewater.

*Area scout Jay Muraco, who volunteered in the personnel department of the Browns from 1992-95.

*Scouting assistant Rod Perry Jr., the son of Rod Perry, a defensive back with the Browns in 1983 and '84.

*Equipment manager Mike Davidson, a native of Cleveland who served as assistant equipment manager of the Browns from 1984-88. Before that, he was a marketing education coordinator at Painesville Harvey High School for two years and the occupational work adjustment coordinator at Kimpton Middle School in Stow for five years.

*Longtime Chiefs Radio Network color analyst Len Dawson, a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback for the team who played at Alliance High School and for the Browns in 1960 and '61.

*Cornerback Travis Daniels, who played with the Browns last season.

*Linebacker Mike Vrabel, an Akron native who played at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls and then at Ohio State.

*Center/guard Andy Alleman, who is from Greentown and played at the University of Akron.

*Wide receiver Chris Chambers, who played at Bedford High School.

*Linebacker David Herron, who played at Warren Harding High School and is the brother of Ohio State running back Daniel "Boom" Herron.

*Guard/tackle Ikechuku Ndukwe, who played at Dublin Coffman High School with Browns quarterback Brady Quinn.

*Defensive tackle Ron Edwards, who hails from Columbus.

*Cornerback Donald Washington, who played at Ohio State.

Members of the Browns with connections to the Chiefs, Kansas City or Missouri include:

*Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who had that same job at Hutchinson Community College in 1996.

*Linebackers coach Matt Eberflus, a coach at Missouri from 2001-08.

*Tight ends coach Steve Hagen (1985-86) and offensive line coach George Warhop (1984-86), both of whom coached at Kansas.

*Assistant strength and conditioning coach Rick Lyle, who played at Hickman Hills High School and Missouri before breaking into the NFL as a defensive lineman for the Browns in 1994 and '95.

*Video director Chad Bogard, who interned with the Chiefs in 1996 and '97.

*Outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, a native of Wichita.

*Offensive guard Rex Hadnot, the cousin of former Chiefs running back James Hadnot.


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