Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski tapped into his coaching network again on Tuesday with the hiring of Chad O’Shea as pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach.
The two have known each other since working together as assistant coaches with the Minnesota Vikings starting in 2006.
“I think that the most important thing about the position that I coach is to really embrace the team concept and to understand that we’re a part of something bigger.”— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) February 4, 2020
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After spending three seasons with the Vikings as an offensive assistant and wide receivers coach, O’Shea moved on to the New England Patriots at the team’s wide receivers coach. He was with the Patriots for 10 seasons and was part of the Super Bowl staffs in 2015, 2017 and 2019. O’Shea spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins.
Stefanski highlighted O’Shea’s work ethic as one of the reasons he is bringing him to Cleveland, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
“He grinds on the tape, he spends a lot of time with his players on the nuances of the position. He’s kind of like that proverbial gym rat that spends a ton of time with the game. That’s the qualities I saw in him early on in his coaching career. Then he goes to New England and has a ton of success there. He’s attained what we’re looking to go get. He has this unique knowledge of a successful program, which I think is really enticing from my perspective.”
O’Shea also brings a team-first mentality to the Browns, something that has been a theme among Stefanski’s hires, and wants the wide receivers to embrace the idea that they are part of a bigger concept, as O’Shea told clevelandbrowns.com:
“I think that the most important thing about the position that I coach is to really embrace the team concept and to understand that we’re a part of something bigger. Regardless of the level of ability and talent and any position, the goal is that you’re contributing to team success. I’ve always prided myself that that group has that standard of the team first and I look forward to coaching these guys and I’ve always had a lot of respect for some of the guys that I’ll be coaching. I’m looking forward to it but certainly proud of some of the past accomplishments that was built on a team concept.”
O’Shea joins a coaching staff that now includes offensive line coach Bill Callahan, run game coordinator/running backs coach Stump Mitchell, tight ends coach Drew Petzing and chief of staff Callie Brownson.
While the Browns have not officially announced it, Stefanski is also expected to hire Alex Van Pelt as offensive coordinator.