New Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski and the current front office group are starting to fill in the coaching staff. What is going on when it comes to a general manager? Are the Browns being extremely thorough in finding the new general manager, or is it possible they are leverage for new contracts elsewhere?
At this point, we are in a wait and see mode. The Browns search committee has interviewed three individuals we know of right now. If anyone else is getting interviewed, it has been kept quieter than any time Haslam has been in charge. As of now, Paton still sounds like the new favorite but left without a contract(Update Paton has dropped out and Berry is the new favorite.) Andrew Berry, the initial preference, has dropped behind Paton, and no further news about a second interview is floating around.
Last but not least, Monti Ossenfort who felt like an interview that was done to get another interview in or see if he blew then away. Look, we all know Paul DePodesta is a smart, detail-driven, thorough guy do this could be him doing his thing. Based on history, other questions are going to be out there at this point. All that can be done is to wait for something new to break and hope whoever it is ends up the perfect choice.
Browns Announce Hires
The Browns have announced some of the staff hires that will hope to change the team’s fortunes under head coach Kevin Stefanski.
Bill Callahan, Offensive Line
If you are going to move on from a coach as well respected as James Campen, then you better have a good one coming. Stefanski did just that. Callahan has been noted as one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL for years. His most recent stint in Washington took an average offensive line and used it to get nearly 2000 yards out of an old Adrian Peterson. He also finished the year as the Redskins head coach going 3-8 rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins at the helm. Callahan is viewed overall as a fantastic hire for Kevin Stefanski.
Chad O’Shea, Wide Receivers/Passing Game Coordinator
O’Shea spent last season as the Dolphins offensive coordinator and, shockingly, was fired by Dolphins head coach after a statistically terrible season. This makes complete sense to do after stripping the new coordinator of talent that could have made life easier. O’Shea spent the previous ten years as the Patriots receivers coach overseeing Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, and Danny Amendola in his time there. O’Shea and Stefanski also worked together for individual Vikings from 2006-2008. This move, along with Henry moving to Dallas, breaks Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. up with coach Adam Henry who has coached both receivers off and on since their LSU days. It will be intriguing to see how O’Shea deals with the personalties he will acquire.
Stump Mitchell, Running Backs
Stump has been retained as the running backs coach per Mary Kay Cabot. He was gifted a talented runner in Nick Chubb and then another in Kareem Hunt and would likely be the first to say that helps any coach look good. The thing is among all the turmoil last year that group played professionally and produced under his tutelage. That is a sign of a great coach and Stefanski is very smart to keep him in the fold.
Mike Priefer, Special Teams Coordinator
Stefanski has announced that the Browns will hold onto Mike Priefer as the special teams coach also. The ties between Priefer are pretty evident as they coached together with the Vikings for several seasons. In just one year with the team, the special teams went from a disaster that cost games to a solid unit helping win them. Priefer was also handed a rookie kicker and punter in his first year, and both excelled under his coaching. This was another no brainer for the new head coach and once again promotes more stability in those coach’s rooms.
Doug Colman, Assistant Special Teams
If you are keeping the main guy, it makes sense to keep the assistant also. Coleman joined the Browns last season after being let go by the Cowboys. He has been a special teams assistant for the previous five seasons and will continue to help Priefer improve the special teams into an elite part of the team.
Browns Coaching Rumors
As of right now, a few names have surfaced that are very interesting for the fan base. It is a forgone conclusion for most, if not all, media outlets that Joe Woods of the 49ers will come aboard after the SuperBowl as the defensive coordinator. Also in the news is the possibility of adding former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo for an offensive coaching position. The last one, for now, is Stefanski is interviewing now-fired Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello for the offensive staff.
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