Earlier this week, it was reported that the Cleveland Browns were interviewing Kevin O'Connell and Kurt Roper for their quarterbacks coach vacancy. On Saturday, Alex Marvez tweeted that the Browns have hired both of them:
O'Connell will be the team's quarterbacks coach, replacing the fired Dowell Loggains. Loggains made headlines after last year's draft, when he blabbed to a radio station and insinuated that team owner Jimmy Haslam was the guy who gave the final marching order to go draft QB Johnny Manziel. O'Connell, who is just 29 years of age, has previously worked with Manziel as a tutor, and was once teammates with QB Brian Hoyer in New England. O'Connell spent some time in San Diego, and one of their reporters discussed the bright future he sees for O'Connell:
Kevin O'Connell is Browns' new QB coach. Don't know a soul who doesn't like KOC or found anyone who doesn't think he'll be a fantastic coach— UTKevinAcee (@UTKevinAcee) January 31, 2015
Roper will be a senior offensive assistant for the team. Jimmy Raye II was supposed to be the team's senior offensive assistant last season, but there was no word of his dismissal, so it's unclear if he was ever even with the organization in the first place. Ropert was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Florida Gators last yea.