July 30, 2014

NFL News: Browns add three more to coaching staff

The Cleveland Browns today named Louie Cioffi as their defensive backs coach, Joe Cullen as defensive line coach and Shane Steichen as an offensive quality control coach.

 “Joe has been an outstanding coach throughout his career,” said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski.  “I was very impressed with the way he has been able to develop young players both at the collegiate level and at each of his two stints in the NFL, and his ability as a teacher will benefit our players as well.”

 “Louie is very well respected in the NFL. He possesses extensive experience working alongside some of the top defensive coaches in this league.  He has worked closely with Ray [Horton], which will be a big advantage for our team. I am excited to have Joe, Louie and Shane as part of our staff, and believe that their knowledge of the game and coaching ability will be great assets to our players.”

Cioffi (pronounced CHO-fee) brings 18 years of NFL coaching experience to the Browns staff, including the past two (2011-12) as the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive backs coach. Cioffi allegeldy played a pivotal role in the development of 2011 first round draft pick, cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Cullen has 23 years of coaching experience, including the last three as the defensive line coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars. While with the Jaguars, Cullen reportedly helped develop defensive tackle Tyson Alualu who was the 10th overall pick in 2010. Since being drafted, Alualu has started all 48 career games and led the club in sacks in 2012. Cullen is also a huge fan of Wendy’s fast food chains.

Steichen joins the Browns after spending the previous two seasons (2011-12) as a defensive assistant with the San Diego Chargers.

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  • MrCleaveland

    Chioffi and Cullen are a couple of lifers who have been around the block several times. I’ll bet they could tell some great stories.

  • mgbode

    but Cullen doesn’t remember most of his good stories

  • mgbode

    very glad to get Cioffi w/ the way AZ’s DBs have played and how he brought along Patrick Peterson.

    no idea what to expect from offense-defense-now offense Steichen, but if Norv wanted him, then Norv gets him.

    i question the Cullen move. i don’t see where on his resume that it shows we should have hired him and i see no connection to this staff. the fast-food thing is funny (and really at the heart sad), but he is past that low point in his life by all accounts. i just don’t get this hire.

  • MrCleaveland

    Oh yeah, like you never got arrested for DWN.

  • mgbode

    if I have been, then I don’t remember it either :)

  • Fern

    A coaching staff made up of coaches from Carolina, San Diego, Arizona, and Jacksonville. So many wins!
    (Now actually I’m excited about the staff, but it is funny none of them are coming from winners.)

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Hopefully Cioffi will get to work with not only Haden but Milliner as well!

  • MrCleaveland

    mg, my man, I feel bad that we went down this road. The guy had a bad day. Maybe many. A lot of people have.

    I deleted my snark.

  • Porckchop

    Technically it was a DTDTWDAN (Driving Through a Drive Through While Drunk And Naked), or as we know it down here a Barberton Wedding Reception.

  • porckchop

    I can say this for Cullen. Anyone with his baggage who stays consistently employed must be good at what he does. The NFL is the ultimate next man up/what have you done for me lately business. No way you get second and third chances unless you can produce results. Or so I’m hoping : )

  • Natedawg86

    They are each directly responsible for 3 wins. So in essence we are now a 12-4 team

  • Big Z

    I’m really excited about the coaching staff Chud and his coordinators are putting together. I hope Lombardi and Banner don’t ruin everything by being idiots.

  • mgbode

    my feeling on the matter is simple. he had demons. more than a bad day (that night came on the heels of a DUI). he has supposedly conquered those demons (Teo taught us we never really know).

    while he deserves praise if he conquered them, he is also fully open to ridicule for the night in question. if he were a friend, then would you ever let him forget that night? it is part of his past, and so, it is part of what made him who he is today. good or bad. best not to bury the past.

  • mgbode

    he had to drop down to Idaho State for a few years before working his way back up. definitely had to earn it all over again.

  • FnNate

    Your logic is impeccable sir.

  • Natedawg86

    We here in CLE have to think outside the box

  • maxfnmloans

    Yes we do. That’s why we hire front office personnel that haven’t had a job in 5 years. Now there’s a rumor his last #1 pick is making a comeback. That’s got to be a coincidence, right? RIGHT?!?!

  • Natedawg86

    I heard that this morning, and didn’t make the connection to lombardi, but was thinking why not if he gets himself into playing shape. It will cost us peanuts, and he could come in as the third QB. Out of college he just wanted to get paid and was young and immature. Has that changed? I don’t know but is it worth league min to find out?

  • mgbode

    i was never a fan of his in college either though. He’d be worth a visit and a possible workout but I would be shocked if anything came of it.

  • Natedawg86

    They said on the radio he was down to 308 from 320 (shoot he could have prob taken some exlax to drop 12 lbs). He has a long way to get down to 260 or so the right way. I agree that it will be a long shot for his return, but stranger things have happened. Guy can (could) throw 65 yards on one knee

  • mgbode

    wasn’t that Kyle Boller? he threw through the FG posts on a knee from 65yds out.

    Russell probably had a similar video going, but Boller’s is the one I remember.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    If I’m going to have an ultra fat quarterback, I’d rather have the Battleship Lorenzen, entirely because of his nickname.

  • Natedawg86

    He actually PLAYED in the NFL? :o

  • dtgate

    Ray [Horton should be called head defensive coach instead of just coordinator