Thursday, February 6, 2014
Browns announce hiring of 11 assistants
By Pat McManamon
The Cleveland Browns filled out their staff by announcing the hiring of 11 coaches Thursday. The staff is sprinkled with former coaches from the Ravens, Bills and a few from the Redskins.
All are logical, as coaches bring in folks they know and are comfortable with. Coach Mike Pettine worked in Baltimore and Buffalo before being hired in Cleveland, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan worked in Washington.
Most noteworthy among the hires was Wilbert Montgomery as running backs coach. Montgomery spent the last six seasons as running backs coach with the Ravens. He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles when Ron Jaworski was quarterback and Dick Vermeil was coach.
Receivers coach Mike McDaniel joins Shanahan in coming to Cleveland from Washington. McDaniel was the receivers coach with the Redskins last season.
Other hires included (in alphabetical order):
George DeLeone, former Connecticut offensive coordinator and associate head coach, as assistant offensive line coach.
Chris DiSanto and Derik Keyes staying with the Browns as assistant strength coach.
Richard Hightower, last of the Redskins, as offensive quality control coach.
Dowell Loggains, former Tennessee offensive coordinator, as quarterback coach.
Andy Moeller as offensive line coach. Moeller spent the previous six seasons in Baltimore, the last three as offensive line coach.
Paul Ricci, former Jets assistant strength coach, as the head strength coach.
Tony Tuioti, from the University of Hawai, as defensive quality control coach.
They join previously announced hires Chris Tabor (special teams coach), Jim O'Neil (defensive coordinator), Shanahan, Brian Angelichio (tight ends), Bobby Babich (assistant secondary), Chuck Driesbach (linebackers), Brian Fleury (assistant linebackers), Jeff Hafley (secondary) and Shawn Mennenga (assistant special teams).
Pettine said there could be one or two additions, but the staff is largely complete.