Core of Browns coaching staff returns; five assistants moved to other coaching positions – Morning Journal

The core of Keven Stefanski’s coaching staff is back for a third straight season with the Browns, but five assistants are changing roles and two new coaches have been added.

Drew Petzing, the tight ends coach in 2020 and 2021, was named quarterbacks coach on Feb. 25. Stefanski didn’t have a quarterbacks coach the first two years he was head coach. Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt took care of these tasks.

Former offensive assistant TC McCartney will take over as tight ends coach and former Bill Willis colleague Ashton Grant will move to offensive quality control. Callie Brownson will remain chief of staff. She will take on the additional role of assistant wide receivers coach.

Van Pelt remains offensive coordinator, Joe Woods defensive coordinator and Mike Priefer special teams coordinator.

Jordan Thomas was hired as an assistant defensive line coach after spending four seasons at San Diego State. Jeff Anderson, who was cornerbacks coach at Cal Poly last season and a Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellow for the Browns in the summer of 2021, is the team’s new defensive quality control coach.

Stephen Bravo-Brown, defensive quality control coach for the Browns last season, was replaced as assistant special teams coach.

“I think from year to year we had some changes with the staff, and we were lucky last year to bring the staff back in total,” Stefanski said. “This year we still have some changes, and I think that can be good. We have new coaches, and we are also transferring some coaches to different positions, which allows them to grow and allows us to hear different points of view.

Chris Kiffin is back as defensive line coach. Kiffin left the Browns after the 2021 season to become co-defensive coordinator under his brother, Lane Kiffin, at Ole Miss. It didn’t work as expected. He was rehired by the Browns before the vacant position of defensive line coach was filled.