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Browns Announce Seven Additions to Freddie Kitchens’ Coaching Staff

Browns Announce Seven Additions to Freddie Kitchens' Coaching Staff

Immediately the Browns introduced the filling of fairly a number of teaching positions, as Freddie Kitchens named quite a lot of new faces to his employees.

Becoming a member of the workforce consists of: Joe Whitt as move recreation coordinator/secondary coach, Al Holcomb as run recreation coordinator/linebackers coach, Chris Jones as senior defensive assistant, Tosh Lupoi as defensive position coach, John Lilly as tight ends coach, John Parrella as assistant defensive position coach and Jeff Blasko as assistant offensive line coach.

Together with these coaches coming in, the workforce additionally said that Adam Henry will stay large receivers coach and DeWayne Walker will stay defensive backs coach.

Right here’s information on the brand new coaches coming in:

Joe Whitt

Whitt enters his 13th season within the NFL in 2018 and first with the Browns because the group’s cross recreation coordinator/secondary coach. Whitt spent the final 11 years with the Inexperienced Bay Packers, the place he helped the group win Tremendous Bowl XLV.

Whitt involves the Browns after serving because the Packers defense-pass recreation coordinator in 2018. Previous to his promotion final season, Whitt was the staff’s secondary/cornerbacks coach from 2009-17. Throughout that point, he coached the Packers to a league-high 176 interceptions and a No. 9 rating in opponent passer score (83.2).

In the identical span, the Packers additionally ranked No. 7 in opponent completion proportion (59.Eight) and No. 7 in touchdown-to-interception ratio (1.34). He additionally noticed CBs Tramon Williams (18) and Sam Shields (15) mix for 33 interceptions from 2010-14, probably the most within the league throughout that point between two teammates. Whitt helped Williams and Shields earn Professional Bowl alternatives.

Whitt performed collegiately at Auburn as a walk-on vast receiver and ultimately earned a scholarship. After a number of accidents, he transitioned right into a scholar assistant coach for his last two years of faculty and graduated in 2001 with a level in communications.

Al Holcomb

It will mark Holcomb’s 11th season teaching within the NFL and 25th general as a coach. Holcomb has spent the previous six seasons working with Browns defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.

Holcomb spent 2018 as Arizona’s defensive coordinator following 5 (2013-17) seasons as Carolina’s linebackers coach. Underneath his steerage, linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis turned probably the greatest linebacker duos within the NFL.

Kuechly was named NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr in 2013, was chosen to 5 consecutive Professional Bowls and was named first group All-Professional 4 occasions. He additionally led the NFL with 153 tackles in 2014. Davis made three consecutive Professional Bowls and was named first staff All-Professional in 2015.

He reached the 100 deal with plateau in 4 of 5 seasons underneath Holcomb. The pair additionally excelled off the sector as Kuechly was chosen because the 2017 Artwork Rooney Sportsmanship Award winner, whereas Davis was named the 2014 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Yr. In 2015, he helped the Panthers advance to Tremendous Bowl 50.

Holcomb joined the Panthers in 2013 after 4 seasons (2009-12) with the New York Giants the place he labored as a defensive assistant (2009-10) and defensive high quality management coach (2011-12). He helped the Giants win Tremendous Bowl XLVI.

Chris Jones

Jones enters his first season within the NFL after 17 years within the Canadian Soccer League teaching ranks, the place he helped his groups to 4 Gray Cup championships and was named CFL Coach of the Yr in 2018.

Jones involves the Browns after three seasons because the Saskatchewan Roughriders vice-president of soccer operations, basic supervisor and head coach. Beneath his tutelage, the Roughriders improved from a five-win season in 2016 to a 10-Eight report in 2017 and a 12-6 tally final yr.

Previous to becoming a member of the Roughriders, Jones spent two seasons (2014-15) as the top coach of the Edmonton Eskimos, totaling a 26-10 document and seize the Gray Cup in 2015. He was a CFL Coach of the Yr finalist in each of his seasons on the helm.

Jones joined the CFL in 2002 as a defensive position coach with the Montreal Alouettes and spent six seasons with the workforce, together with the final 5 as defensive coordinator. He joined the Calgary Stampeders in 2008 and spent 4 seasons with them, earlier than becoming a member of the Toronto Argonauts for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Tosh Lupoi

Lupoi has coached on the collegiate degree the previous 11 years, together with the final 5 seasons at Alabama.

At Alabama, Lupoi joined the employees as a defensive analyst for the 2014 season and coached the surface linebackers in 2015. He added the title of co-defensive coordinator previous to the 2016 season and served as defensive coordinator in 2018.

Throughout his time at Alabama, the Crimson Tide certified to the School Soccer Playoffs all 5 seasons, superior to the Nationwide Championship recreation 4 occasions and captured two nationwide championships (2015 and 2017). Throughout his time as coordinator, Alabama led the nation in scoring protection in 2016 ( ppg) and 2017 (11.9). The varsity additionally completed second within the nation in complete protection in 2016 (260.four ypg) and 2017 (261.Eight ypg).

Lupoi labored with a number of gamers who went on to be first spherical picks within the NFL together with DE Jonathan Allen, LB Rueben Foster, S Minkah Fitzpatrick, NT Daron Payne and LB Rashaan Evans.

Previous to Alabama, Lupoi was the defensive run recreation coordinator and defensive position coach on the College of Washington from 2012-13. Two of the gamers he coached throughout that point earned All-America honors in outdoors linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha and defensive lineman Danny Shelton. Kikaha led the nation with 19 sacks in 2013, whereas Shelton would go on to be a primary spherical draft decide by the Browns in 2015.

Lupoi performed highschool soccer at De La Salle Excessive Faculty in Harmony, Calif., some of the profitable packages within the historical past of prep soccer, the place he earned all-state honors and gained a nationwide title.

John Lilly

Lilly brings greater than 25 years of teaching expertise to the Browns’ employees. He spent 2018 on the College of Tennessee because the assistant to the top coach following a one-year stint (2016) on the Los Angeles Rams tight ends coach. With the Rams, he helped tight finish Lance Kendricks report a career-high 50 receptions.

Earlier than becoming a member of the Rams, Lilly coached tight ends on the College of Georgia from 2008-15. Throughout his eight seasons at UGA, the Bulldogs gained 74 video games, together with 5 bowl victories and two SEC East titles. Lilly was a part of a number of record-setting seasons: 72 touchdowns in 2012, 484.14 yards per recreation in 2013 and 41.three factors per recreation in 2014. All have been the most effective marks in class historical past.

He additionally helped form future NFL draft picks Orson Charles (fourth spherical) and Arthur Lynch (fifth spherical). Charles, a present Brown, set the varsity report for receiving yards by a decent finish with 1,370.

John Parrella

Along with 10 years of expertise as a coach, Parrella performed 12 seasons within the NFL as a defensive deal with.

Parrella spent 2018 creating skilled soccer hopefuls at The Spring League an elite improvement league and scouting showcase for skilled soccer expertise.

Parrella spent two years (2016-17) teaching the defensive position at his alma mater, Nebraska. In his first season main Nebraska’s defensive position, the entrance mixed for 185 tackles, 17 sacks, 35 tackles for loss and was a part of a protection that ranked within the prime 35 nationally in complete protection and scoring protection. He had two gamers earn honorable point out Huge Ten honors.

Previous to Nebraska, Parrella spent two seasons (2014-15) in the identical capability at Northern Michigan and served as an assistant coach at Chabot Junior School in Hayward, Calif. in 2013. Whereas at Chabot, the varsity gained the Golden Gate Convention and the Prime of the State Bowl, capturing the Central Division Championship.

Jeff Blasko

Blasko has spent the previous three years with the Inexperienced Bay Packers. He was initially employed by the Packers in 2016 as a training administrator and was elevated to assistant offensive line coach underneath present Browns affiliate head coach/offensive line coach James Campen in 2017. Blasko helped OT David Bakhtiari earn first workforce All-Professional honors in 2018 and second workforce honors in 2016 and 2017.

Previous to the NFL, Blasko spent eight years within the school teaching ranks. He began out with a three-year stint (2008-10) as a graduate assistant on the College of Akron, then moved on to the College of Florida in 2011 because the offensive high quality management coach. Blasko additionally assisted the College of Kansas (2012-14) and the College of Pennsylvania (2015) because the groups’ tight ends coach.

Blasko coached on the highschool degree for six seasons, serving as an offensive assistant at Metal Valley in Munhall, Pa., from 2002-05 and as an offensive assistant at Bethel Park (Pa.) from 2006-07.

Matt Loede has been part of the Cleveland Sports activities Media for over 21 years, with expertise overlaying Main League Baseball, Nationwide Basketball Affiliation, the Nationwide Soccer League and even highschool and school occasions. He has been part of the Cleveland Indians protection because the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Subject in 1994, and spent two and a half years overlaying the group for 92.three The Fan, and covers them every day for Related Press Radio. You’ll be able to comply with Matt on Twitter HERE.

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