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I've stated in the past that I thought some of our problems have stemmed from the fact that we've had inexperienced coordinators since our rebirth.. I'm still not sold on Drabol but I do like what Ryan has done with our defense.. Once again, Experience Ryan---Inexperience Drabol...


Looking over the coaching staff, other than Brian Cox I don't know that much about the other coaches... Is there anyone on the Board That can give an objective evaluation of our coaching talent??



Defensive line : Brian Cox,

Linebackers : Matt Eberflus,

Secondary : Jerome Henderson,

QB : Carl Smith,

RB : Gary Brown,

WR : George McDonald,

TE : Steve Hagen,

Offensive Line : George Warhop, and

Special Teams : Brad Seely.....


Reading a Grossi article today, it appears that we have no rookies at either linebacker or tight end... They may be new faces but they are all veterans...





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On the eve of training camp, I was hoping that some of the minds here on the board could enlighten me a bit about our coaches... I guess we know all about the puppets but little about the people that pull the strings.... Guess I'll just google each coach and form my own opinions... Hey, thanks anyway..





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On the eve of training camp, I was hoping that some of the minds here on the board could enlighten me a bit about our coaches... I guess we know all about the puppets but little about the people that pull the strings.... Guess I'll just google each coach and form my own opinions... Hey, thanks anyway..





Carl Smith is a well-respected QB guru that has been around some big winners. Cox and Brown were bad-ass players. That's as much as I know. I agree, we should no some more about our staff ... let us know if you find anything interesting.



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Gary Brown-


Gary Brown enters his second season as the Browns running backs coach. He was named to the post on February 17, 2009. He had six years of collegiate coaching experience, having coached running backs and served as an offensive coordinator at that level.


Brown enjoyed a solid four-year career at Penn State (1987-90), and as a sophomore in 1988, he led the Nittany Lions in rushing yards.


A native of Williamsport, Pa., Brown played eight seasons in the NFL (1991-95, 1997-99) after being selected in the eighth round of the 1991 Draft by the Houston Oilers. In his career, he played for the Oilers (1991-95), Chargers (1997) and Giants (1998-99). During that time he ran for 4,300 yards and 21 touchdowns on 1,023 carries and caught 84 passes for 631 yards and three scores in 99 games. He rushed for 1,000 yards twice, including 1,002 in 1993 and 1,063 yards in 1998. His feat in 1993 was accomplished while playing in just eight games.


Brown went on to earn his degree in sports administration from Lock Haven University in 2005. He and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Malena and Dorianna, and a son, Tre.


Coaching Background:

2000-02 Williamsport (Pa.) Area High School, offensive coordinator

2006-07 Susquehanna University, offensive coordinator

2008 Rutgers University, running backs coach


2000-02 - Williamsport (Pa.) Area High School, offensive coordinator 2003-05 - Lycoming College, running backs coach 2006-07 - Susquehanna University, offensive coordinator 2008 - Rutgers University, running backs coach Most recently, Brown spent the 2008 season as the running backs coach at Rutgers, where he helped the Scarlet Knights to an 8-5 mark and a victory in the Papajohns.com Bowl. Under Brown’s tutelage, the trio of Kordell Young, Jourdan Brooks and Joe Martinek combined for 1,474 rushing yards, a 4.9-yard average per attempt and 15 rushing touchdowns in 2008. Prior to joining the Rutgers staff, Brown spent the previous two seasons (2006-07) as offensive coordinator at Susquehanna University. In 2007 while under the guidance of Brown, Crusaders sophomore running back Dave Paveletz produced the second-highest single-season rushing total in program history and was named first-team All-Liberty League. Brown got his start in the coaching profession immediately following an eight-year NFL career as a player when he served as the offensive coordinator at Williamsport (Pa.) Area High School from 2000-02. He then broke into the college ranks as the running backs coach at Lycoming College (2003-05). In addition to his collegiate positions, Brown also helped coach the running backs at New York Giants training camp in 2005, then worked with the Green Bay Packers in 2006 and Carolina Panthers in 2007 as part of the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship program.



Kent Johnston


Kent Johnston brings more than 25 years of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional levels to the Browns, most recently spending two years as the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Alabama (2004-05). He spent the last four years in the non-profit and business sector. Prior to his tenure in Tuscaloosa, Johnston spent 17 seasons in the NFL as the strength and conditioning coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987-91), Green Bay Packers (1992-98) and Seattle Seahawks (1999-2003).


In 1997, he was honored as the "Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year" by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches' Society. Johnston also had collegiate stops at Northwestern State University (1979-80), University of Louisiana at Monroe (1980-81) and Alabama (1983-86). Johnston is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin where he played defensive back.


Coaching Background:

1987-91 Strength and conditioning coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1992-98 Strength and conditioning coach, Green Bay Packers

1999-03 Strength and conditioning coach, Seattle Seahawks

2004-05 Strength and conditioning coach, University of Alabama




Matt Eberflus


Matt Eberflus enters his second season as the Browns' linebackers coach after being named to the position on February 20, 2009. He came to the team after spending eight years on the staff at the University of Missouri, including the last three as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator/associate head coach/safeties.


At Missouri, Eberflus helped the Tigers to the Big 12 North Division title in 2008, as they put together a record of 10-4. Regarded as a top-notch recruiter, Eberflus landed several impact players in his time at Mizzou, most notably All-American quarterback Brad Smith (Youngstown, Ohio) and wide receiver Sean Coffey (East Cleveland, Ohio).


Before arriving in Columbia, Missouri, Eberflus spent nine years on the staff of his alma mater, the University of Toledo (1992-2000), the first as a student assistant and then as a graduate assistant before being hired on a full-time basis in 1994. In Eberflus’ seven seasons as a full-time member of that staff, the team had a winning mark each time, as it compiled a composite record of 56-22-2, including an 11-0-1 register in 1995 and a record of 10-1 in 2000.


Eberflus was a four-year letter winner and a three-year starter at linebacker at Toledo, earning first team all-conference honors his junior and senior seasons, as he led the team in tackles both times. He also served as team captain his senior year. In addition, he received the Nicholson Trophy as a senior for contributing the most towards the success of the team. He earned his degree in education from Toledo in 1993. In February 2004, Eberflus was inducted into the Toledo Athletic Hall of Fame.


He and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters, Grace and Giada.


Coaching Background:

1992 University of Toledo, graduate assistant

1994-95 University of Toledo, outside safeties coach and recruiting coordinator

1996-98 University of Toledo, outside safeties coach

1999-00 University of Toledo, defensive backs coach

2001-08 University of Missouri, Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach



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George McDonald


George McDonald enters his second season as the Browns' wide receivers coach. He first joined the Browns’ staff as offensive quality control coach on February 11, 2009, and was promoted to wide receivers coach on May 6, 2009. He previously spent nine seasons as an assistant on the collegiate level, including two seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Minnesota.


A native of Buena Park, Calif., McDonald began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ball State University in 2000 after lettering four seasons as a receiver at Illinois (1995-98), where he finished with 59 career receptions and 589 yards. A two-sport athlete, McDonald also ran track as a freshman and senior, earning All-Big Ten honors during his senior campaign with a school-record 6.74 mark in the 60 meters to claim the league title.


Coaching Background:

2000 Ball State, graduate assistant

2001 Bucknell, wide receivers coach

2001-03 Northern Illinois, wide receivers coach

2004 Stanford, tight ends coach

2005-06 Western Michigan, wide receivers coach

2007-08 University of Minnesota, wide receivers coach


In 2008, McDonald played an integral role in helping junior wide receiver Eric Decker to his most productive season as a Gopher, as he set a school record with 84 receptions, eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark (1,074) and earned a first-team All-Big Ten bid. Before arriving at Minnesota, McDonald spent the 2005-06 seasons at Western Michigan, where he worked with current Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings. In McDonald’s first season with the Broncos, Jennings was named 2005 MAC Offensive Player of the Year, MAC co-MVP (Vern Smith Award) and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist after setting program records for career receptions, receiving touchdowns and all-purpose yards. Prior to his stint with the Broncos, McDonald served as tight ends coach at Stanford (2004) and wide receivers coach at Northern Illinois (2001-03). While at Stanford, McDonald tutored tight end Alex Smith, who was a finalist for the Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end that year and went on to be drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round of the 2005 Draft. McDonald has also gained valuable NFL experience from minority internships during training camps with the New York Jets (2004, 2006), Chicago (2005) and Tampa Bay (2007).




Steve Hagen


Steve Hagen enters his sixth overall season with the Browns after being named tight ends coach on February 17, 2009. This marks his second tour of duty with the team. He also was a member of the club’s staff from 2001-04.


Hagen re-joins the Browns with 20 years of experience as a coach at the collegiate level, most recently at the University of North Carolina, where he tutored the tight ends for the past two seasons. Last year, the Tar Heels secured a record of 8-5 as they went on to play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, the school’s first bowl appearance in four years. Prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fresno State for one season (2006).


In his first stint with Cleveland, Hagen spent time as both the tight ends coach (2001-03) and quarterbacks coach (2004).


Prior to his work in the NFL, Hagen was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of California from 1999-2000. He spent two seasons at San Jose State as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator, from 1997-98. He previously served as the head coach at Wartburg (Iowa) College in 1996, guiding the team to a 7-3 record and the No. 8 ranking in Division III in total offense.


Hagen got his start in the coaching profession as a graduate assistant at Illinois in 1984. He served in the same role at Kansas (1985-86), before getting his first full-time position, as receivers and tight ends coach at Northern Arizona from 1987-88. Stops at Notre Dame (1989-90), Kent State (1991), Nevada-Reno (1992-93) and Nevada-Las Vegas (1994-95) followed. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at UNLV, and in that two-year span, the team broke 20 school offensive records.


Hagen was a wide receiver at Cal-Lutheran from 1979-83, where he earned NAIA All-America honors as a senior. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in business. He and his wife, Amy, have four children, sons, Nash, Wil and Soren, and a daughter, Hanna



George Warhop


Offensive line coach George Warhop enters his second season with the Browns after serving in the same capacity for four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He joined San Francisco after spending two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. At both San Francisco and Dallas, Warhop tutored future Hall of Famer Larry Allen, leading the offensive guard to four Pro Bowl selections (2003-06).


Prior to his stint with Dallas, Warhop spent five seasons as the offensive line coach for the Arizona Cardinals. Prior to joining the Cardinals, Warhop spent the 1996-97 campaigns as an offensive line assistant with the St. Louis Rams, working with Jim Hanifan. Warhop was offensive line coach at Southern Methodist University in 1993 and then served in a similar capacity at Boston College from 1994-95. From 1991-92, he was the offensive coordinator for the London Monarchs of the World Football League, helping the team win the World Bowl in his first season.


Warhop entered the coaching arena in 1983 at his alma mater, Cincinnati, and then served on the offensive staffs at Kansas (1984-86), Vanderbilt (1987-89) and New Mexico (1990-91).




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Brad Seely is the Assistant Coach and the Special Teams coordinator. He's a no-nonsense kind of coach and will let a player have it if they get called for a penalty. I was glad the Browns hired him.




Brad Seely enters his second season with the Browns. Seely was named assistant head coach/special teams coordinator by the Cleveland Browns on January 14, 2009. He added 31 years of coaching experience to the club, including 20 years in the NFL, all tutoring special teams. In fact, since 1990 Seely’s special teams units have ranked in the top nine in the NFL nine times, based on a composite formula devised by the Dallas Morning News. This includes a top five finish five times and a No. 1 ranking once.


Seely earned a degree in economics and physical education while garnering all-conference honors as an offensive guard at South Dakota State. Seely and his wife, Patti, have three daughters, Sarah, Hannah and Brynn.


Coaching Background:

1978 South Dakota State, assistant coach

1979 Colorado State, graduate assistant

1980 Colorado State, offensive line coach

1981 Southern Methodist, offensive line coach

1982 North Carolina State, offensive line coach

1983 Pacific, offensive line coach

1984-88 Oklahoma State, offensive line coach

1989-93 Indianapolis Colts, special teams coach/tight ends coach

1994 New York Jets, special teams coach

1995-98 Carolina Panthers, special teams coach

1999-08 New England Patriots, special teams coach

2009 Cleveland Browns, assistant head coach/special teams coordinator


Prior to joining the Browns, Seely spent 10 seasons with the New England Patriots as special teams coach and was a part of three Super Bowl championship clubs as a member of that staff. During his tenure in New England, Seely’s special teams units consistently contributed to the team’s accomplishments. In fact, combined over the previous 10 years (1999-2008), the Patriots led the NFL in kickoff return average (23.5), were fourth in field goal percentage (83.4%) and placed eighth in punt return average (9.9). In addition, his units registered 11 returns for touchdowns, including eight off kickoffs, a figure that tied for second in the NFL over that 10-year stretch. During Seely’s time in New England, kicker Adam Vinatieri and special teamer Larry Izzo each were regarded among the best at their respective positions as they were selected to two Pro Bowls apiece. Vinatieri led the NFL in 2004 with a franchise-record 93.9 percent field goal accuracy mark. He also topped the league in that category in 2002 with a 90.0 success rate. In addition, kicker Stephen Gostkowski earned Pro Bowl honors following the 2008 season, when he led the NFL with 148 points and 36 field goals. Over Seely's final three years with the Patriots (2006-08), Ellis Hobbs put together a kickoff return average of 28.4, the second-best mark in the NFL over this time. He also brought back three kickoffs for touchdowns, including an NFL record 108-yarder in 2007. Seely also tutored the AFC’s leading kickoff returner on two occasions (Bethel Johnson in 2003, Kevin Faulk in 2002) and leading punt returner (Troy Brown in 2002). Prior to joining the Patriots, Seely worked with the Carolina Panthers, where he helped lead an expansion team to an NFC Championship Game appearance in just its second season. In 1996 and 1997, Panthers kickoff returner Michael Bates became the first player in 35 years to lead the league in kick return average in consecutive seasons. He also earned two consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl for his efforts. In 1996, Seely earned Special Teams Coach of the Year honors with Carolina as he helped produce the NFL's best kick return specialist. He also had the league's best kicker, as John Kasay set a then NFL single-season record with 37 field goals. In addition to the success of Bates and Kasay, Carolina also boasted one of the league's top coverage units as the Panthers led the NFL in opponents average punt return (5.4 avg.) and fifth in opponents average kickoff return (20.1 avg.). Seely got his start in the NFL coaching ranks in 1989, when he tutored Indianapolis’ special teams and tight ends for a five-year stint (1989-93). During his tenure with the club, he assisted in the development of two Pro Bowl special teamers – punter Rohn Stark and return specialist Clarence Verdin. In 1992, the Colts had the NFL’s top specials teams unit based on rankings by the Dallas Morning News. Seely then coached the Jets’ special teams for one year (1994), and in that season, the Jets ranked fifth in the league in kickoff return defense (19.6 avg.) and sixth in punt return defense (6.8 avg.). Seely began his coaching career in 1978 at South Dakota State. The following year, he accepted a graduate assistant position at Colorado State, where he was later hired as the offensive line coach in 1980. In 1981, he was named the assistant offensive line coach on Ron Meyer's staff at Southern Methodist. He helped coach a line that opened holes for SMU's "Pony Express" backfield of Eric Dickerson and Craig James. The next year, he coached at North Carolina State before joining the staff at Pacific in 1983. In 1984, he started a five-year stint as the offensive line coach at Oklahoma State, which helped produce the likes of Thurman Thomas and 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders.

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Carl Smith enters his fifth season as the Browns' quarterbacks coach. He was named quarterbacks coach on January 22, 2009, marking his second stint with the club. He also served in the same capacity with the team from 2001-03. Smith brings to the Browns 35 years of coaching experience, including 19 in the NFL.


Smith lettered in football as a defensive back at Cal Poly State University from 1969-70 after transferring from Bakersfield College, where he played quarterback from 1966-67. He earned his bachelor’s (1971) and Master’s (1972) degrees in physical education from Cal Poly State, as well as a teaching credential.


A native of Wasco, Calif., Smith and his wife, Dianne, have three sons, Tracy, Tyler and Nicholas, and a grandson, Troy.


Coaching Background:

1971 Cal Poly State University, graduate assistant

1972 University of Colorado, graduate assistant

1973 University of Colorado, linebackers coach

1974 University of Louisiana-Lafayette, defensive line coach

1975-76 University of Louisiana-Lafayette, defensive backs coach

1977-78 University of Louisiana-Lafayette, offensive coordinator/running backs coach

1979-80 Lamar University, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach

1981 Lamar University, offensive coordinator/offensive line coach

1982 North Carolina State University, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach

1983 Philadelphia Stars (USFL), special teams coach/tight ends coach

1984-85 Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars (USFL), quarterbacks/wide receivers coach

1986-96 New Orleans Saints, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach

1997 New England Patriots, assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach

1998-99 New England Patriots, tight ends coach

2001-03 Cleveland Browns, quarterbacks coach

2004 University of Southern California, quarterbacks coach

2005-06 Jacksonville Jaguars, offensive coordinator


Of Smith’s 19 seasons as an NFL assistant, 13 have been spent as offensive coordinator. Most recently, he served in that role with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2005-06. In 2006, Jacksonville’s offense ranked 10th in the league and third overall in rushing with an average of 158.8 yards per game. In 2005, the Jaguars' offense racked up 361 points, 100 more than they did the previous season, as they compiled a regular season record of 12-4. In addition, the offense turned the ball over just 17 times that year, the second-lowest figure in the NFL, while their six interceptions led the league. Prior to joining the Jaguars, Smith spent the 2004 season as the quarterbacks coach at USC, where he mentored Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart as the Trojans won the national championship. For 20 of his last 21 seasons in the coaching profession, Smith was an assistant at the professional level, beginning with a three-year stint (1983-85) with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the USFL. His final two years there were spent as quarterbacks/wide receivers coach, and the Stars claimed the league title on both occasions. He moved on to the New Orleans Saints in 1986, serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the next 11 seasons. During that time, the franchise recorded its first-ever winning season, earned its first playoff berth, won its first division title and qualified for the postseason on four occasions. From 1997-99, Smith was on the staff of the New England Patriots, first as assistant head coach/quarterbacks (1997) and then as tight ends coach (1998-99). In the ’97 season, quarterback Drew Bledsoe completed more than 60 percent of his passes, threw for more than 3,700 yards and amassed career-high figures for touchdown passes (28) and passer rating (87.7) as he was voted to the AFC Pro Bowl squad. In 1998, tight end Ben Coates led the team in receiving with 67 catches for 668 yards and six touchdowns, as he ranked second among NFL tight ends in receptions that year and was voted to the AFC Pro Bowl squad. Before getting into the professional ranks, Smith was an assistant at the collegiate level for 12 seasons, the final five as an offensive coordinator. This consisted of stops at Cal Poly State University (1971), Colorado (1972-73), Louisiana-Lafayette (1974-78), Lamar (1979-81) and North Carolina State (1982).



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Bryan Cox enters his second season as the Browns' defensive line coach after being named to the position on January 22, 2009. He joined the Browns after spending three seasons on the New York Jets coaching staff as assistant defensive line coach (2006-08).


Cox played collegiately at Western Illinois from 1987-90, where he earned his degree in mass communications.


A native of East St. Louis, Ill., Cox and his wife, Kim, have four daughters, Lavonda, Brittani, Kelli and Chiquita, and a son, Bryan, Jr.


Coaching Background:

2006-08 New York Jets, assistant defensive line coach.


Cox had a stellar 12-year career as a linebacker in the NFL after being chosen by Miami in the fifth round of the 1991 Draft. He played the first five years of his career with the Dolphins before spending time with Chicago (1996-97), the Jets (1998-2000), New England (2001) and New Orleans (2002). During that time he appeared in 165 regular season games, including 145 starts. He posted 51.5 career sacks, including a high of 14 in 1992, a figure which led the Dolphins that year and propelled him to the first Pro Bowl of his career. He also received that honor in both 1994 and 1995.



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