Are the Cleveland Browns putting together a legendary type of coaching staff under new head coach Hue Jackson?
Although the team hasn't officially announced it, multiple media outlets have basically confirmed that the team has hired all of the high-profile assistants they've been pursuing over the past week or so. We've already discussed the background of most of these candidates, so let's just go through the list:
- Al Saunders (Senior Offensive Assistant)
- Pep Hamilton (Associate Head Coach/Offense)
- Kirby Wilson (Running Game Coordinator)
- Hal Hunter (Offensive Line Coach)
It is still anticipated that Jackson will call the plays on offense, but he won't be too burdened with experienced offensive playcallers in Saunders and Hamilton on board. We previously discussed Wilson's unique role as the "running game coordinator," which means he'll work with the tight ends, offensive line, and running backs collectively to ensure the run blocking is all on the same page.
- Ray Horton (Defensive Coordinator)
On Wednesday, the Titans announced that Dick LeBeau is replacing Horton as the team's defensive coordinator (and will also be the Titans' assistant head coach). Will LeBeau want a new staff? If so, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, "Horton has already requested permission to bring some of his Titans assistants to Cleveland."
In 2015, the Titans' assistant defensive coaches consisted of:
Giff Smith, Defensive Line
Nick Eason, Assistant Defensive Line
Lou Spanos, Linebackers
Louie Cioffi, Defensive Backs
Steve Brown, Assistant Secondary
Cannon Matthews, Defensive Quality Control
Cioffi was the Browns' defensive backs coach in 2013 with Horton, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him come over. There have also been some very, very light rumors floating around Twitter that Mike Singletary could be joining the Browns' coaching staff in some capacity.
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