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Browns announce several coaching changes; Ken Zampese hired as QB coach, Kirby Wilson fired as RB coach

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Cleveland announces several changes on the coaching staff.

2017 Cleveland Browns Training Camp

On Friday, the Cleveland Browns announced several shake-ups on the coaching staff, all on either offense or special teams. Let’s get to it:

Offense

  • Officially confirmed the hired of Adam Henry as wide receivers coach, which we noted on Thursday. The team also confirmed that Al Saunders “will transition into an advisory role” under the new title “senior assistant/special projects.”
  • Hired Ken Zampese as the team’s new quarterbacks coach. Zampese was the Bengals’ quarterbacks coach from 2003-2015 before serving as the team’s offensive coordinator for 2016 and the first few games of 2017 (before being fired). I guess it’s good news that he wasn’t hired as Cleveland’s offensive coordinator. David Lee, who served as the Browns’ quarterbacks coach this past season, has been let go.
  • Kirby Wilson, who served under the unique title of running backs/run game coordinator for the past two years, has also been let go. That leaves Cleveland without a running backs coach for the time being.
  • For now, Bob Wylie remains in place as the team’s offensive line coach.

Special Teams

  • The Browns confirmed that Chris Tabor has been hired by the Chicago Bears as their new special teams coach.
  • Not surprisingly, the Browns decided to let go of Tabor’s staff, including Shawn Mennenga (special teams assistant) and Stan Watson (special teams quality control).

Statement from Hue Jackson

“At the end of each season, you have to evaluate everything. The coaching staff is obviously a big part of that process and it starts with me. The truth of the matter is, we need to improve in every area. These are difficult decisions and for the coaches we’ve decided to part with, we thank them. They are good men, that have worked extremely hard and I appreciate their efforts. Adam Henry and Ken Zampese are two really good coaches that I was fortunate to work with earlier in my career. They have successful track records, having coached and helped develop some really good football players. They will demand a lot of our players and challenge them to become their best.”

Closing Thoughts

The changes could be one of the reasons the team declined an invitation to coach the Senior Bowl in 2018. No offensive coordinator has been hired yet, and with a staff already being re-built, one might wonder if that means Jackson has just quickly decided to re-assume the role for a third straight year.