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Browns Add Nolan Cromwell as Senior Offensive Assistant

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TAMPA FL - OCTOBER 24:  Receivers coach Nolan Cromwell of the St. Louis Rams works with the receivers just before the start of a game.
TAMPA FL - OCTOBER 24: Receivers coach Nolan Cromwell of the St. Louis Rams works with the receivers just before the start of a game.

If there is one guy the Cleveland Browns needed to bring aboard to bolster this coaching staff, it was the St. Louis Rams' wide receivers coach (Nolan Cromwell). Before you start to fret, don't worry -- he was not named as the team's new offensive coordinator. Instead, he will serve as a senior offensive assistant.

Cromwell was brought in to replace Keith Gilbertson, who has served as a senior offensive assistant for the past two seasons with Cleveland (who would have known?). Gilbertson retired after this past season, according to reports. Nate Ulrich from the Akron Beacon Journal provided some background information on Cromwell and how he is connected to Mike Holmgren, and also Mike Sherman (a rumored candidate for the Browns' vacant offensive coordinator position).

From the ABJ:

From 2008-09, Cromwell served as an offensive coordinator for Texas A&M under coach Mike Sherman, who has reportedly interviewed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head-coaching position but would also be a logical candidate to fill the Browns' offensive coordinator vacancy.

Cromwell, who's pictured to the left, has another important connection to the Browns. He worked as an assistant under President Mike Holmgren. While Holmgren was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Cromwell coached the organization's special teams from 1992-97 and its wide receivers in 1998. Cromwell then joined Holmgren as the latter took control of the Seattle Seahawks. He coached the Seahawks' wide receivers from 1999-2007.