Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski continues to fill out his coaching staff.
A day after reportedly making the decision to hire Chad O’Shea as wide receivers coach, Stefanski will reportedly hire Bill Callahan as offensive line coach, and retain special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, special teams assistant coach Doug Colman and running backs coach Stump Mitchell, according to Nate Ulrich at The Beacon Journal:
#Browns plan to hire Joe Woods as DC, Bill Callahan as OL coach, Chad O'Shea as WR coach, and coach Kevin Stefanski will retain special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, assistant ST coach Doug Colman and running backs coach Stump Mitchell, source confirmed.— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) January 20, 2020
Priefer, who is considered one of the best special teams coordinators in the league, and Colman oversaw a unit in 2019 that included rookies in punter Jamie Gillian and placekicker Austin Seibert. The unit held its own, and given Priefer’s ties to Stefanski in Minnesota, where they were on the same staff from 2011 to 2018, it always seemed like a given that Priefer would remain.
Even though he does not have a connection with the new head coach, the work that Mitchell did with the Browns running game certainly earned him a second year. Led by running back Nick Chubb’s 1,494 rushing yards, the Browns rushed for 118.8 yards per game and averaged 4.8 yards per carry.
Callahan has a long history in the NFL, coaching the offensive line for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995 to 1997, the Oakland Raiders from 1999 to 2001, the New York Jets in 2008, the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 and 2014, and the Washington Redskins from 2015 to 2019.
He also has experience as an offensive coordinator for four years with the Raiders (1998 to 2001), and three years with the Cowboys (2012 to 2014), as well as head coaching experience for two years with the Raiders (2002 to 2003) and as an interim with the Washington Redskins last season for 11 games.