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Browns Hire Joker Phillips as WR Coach

The Browns have a new wide receivers coach: former Florida WR coach Joker Phillips.

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A week after his arrival in Cleveland, new Browns' offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has his first assistant.

Joker Phillips will join the Browns as the team's wide receivers coach, as reported by ESPN Insider Adam Caplan.

As Caplan mentioned, Phillips spent a three-year stint as the head coach of the Wildcats from 2010-12. However, the former Kentucky player and assistant coach was let go after he compiled a 13-24 record over that span.

Phillips spent the 2013 season as the wide receivers coach at the University of Florida. He then resigned in June 2014 amidst allegations of recruiting violations.

The 51 year old has never coached at the NFL level before, though he has spent time at Cincinnati, Minnesota, Notre Dame, and South Carolina.

For great insight on Phillips, check out Zach Miller's story from yesterday. He's our resident UK expert, and knows a lot about Phillips.

Phillips will certainly have his work cut out for him. The Browns receiving corps is incredibly thin following the loss of Josh Gordon.

What do you think about the Phillips hire?