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Louie Cioffi Comes Over from Arizona as the Browns' New Defensive Backs Coach

Ray Horton is bringing his defensive backs coach to the Browns.
Ray Horton is bringing his defensive backs coach to the Browns.
Christian Petersen

The Cleveland Browns announced the hiring of three assistants to their coaching staff. Earlier, we reported that Joe Cullen (a 4-3 guy) would be joining the Browns as the team's defensive line coach. The two additional hirings include defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi and offensive quality control coach Shane Steichen.

The addition of Cioffi to the staff isn't a surprise, as he worked with Ray Horton as the Cardinals' defensive backs coach for the past two seasons. Cioffi is familiar with the AFC North, as he previously spent 14 years as an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals.

"Louie is very well respected in the NFL," said Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski in a statement released by the team. "He possesses extensive experience working alongside some of the top defensive coaches in this league. He has worked closely with Ray [Horton], which will be a big advantage for our team."

Steichen is pretty young compared to most assistant coaches. He played for UNLV as a quarterback and graduated in 2006. He was an offensive assistant for in 2010 for the University of Louisville, and over the past two seasons, he was a defensive assistant under Norv Turner and the Chargers. It's interesting that he's going from the defensive to the offensive side of the ball with Cleveland.