CLEVELAND– Cleveland Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine named 11 assistants to his initial coaching staff.
Pettine named George DeLeone assistant offensive line coach, Chris DiSanto assistant strength and conditioning coach, Richard Hightower offensive quality control coach, Dowell Loggains quarterbacks coach, Derik Keyes assistant strength and conditioning coach, Mike McDaniel wide receivers coach, Andy Moeller offensive line coach, Wilbert Montgomery running backs coach, Paul Ricci strength and conditioning coach, Tony Tuioti defensive quality control coach and Anthony Weaver defensive line coach.
The Browns coaching staff also includes coordinators Jim O’Neil (defense), Kyle Shanahan (offense) and Chris Tabor (special teams), and assistants 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 held court Thursday morning at a news conference in Berea as he introduced Shanahan, O’Neil and Tabor, who was a holdover from the previous regime.
Shanahan said it was always a goal of his to coach with his famous father, Mike Shanahan.
Kyle was offensive coordinator in Washington the past few seasons and was fired. He knows this is a real good chance to step out from underneath his dad’s shadow and set his own course. He said when it comes to coaching a high profile young quarterback such as Robert Griffin III you have to really look at what strengths they bring to the table by viewing lots of college tape and try not to put too much pressure on him.
O’Neil said the defense will fit the personnel, so in the next few months, his defensive staff will really examine what talent there is on hand.
As for Tabor, he has to be doing something right. He has survived two coaching changes in Berea.