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Browns dismiss five assistant coaches

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30:  Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets is congratulated by head coach Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns after a 31-28 win by the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 30, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) Getty Images

The changes to the Browns coaching staff continued coming on Tuesday.

The team announced that five members of the 2016 staff will not be returning to the team next season. Four of the coaches who have been relieved of their duties work on the defensive side of the ball, where the Browns have hired Gregg Williams as their new defensive coordinator.

Defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi, inside linebackers coach Johnny Holland, assistant defensive backs Cannon Matthews and outside linebackers Ryan Slowik are the four defensive assistants that won’t be back. All four were hired last year after Ray Horton was installed as Hue Jackson’s defensive coordinator.

Offensive line coach Hal Hunter is also out after one year on Jackson’s staff. The Browns also lost top offensive assistant Pep Hamilton, although Hamilton left for a job at the University of Michigan on his own accord rather than being fired along with the other departed assistants.

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17 Responses to “Browns dismiss five assistant coaches”
  1. FraggleJones says: Jan 10, 2017 3:51 PM

    Letting 2 2nd team All pros go has more to do with your offensive line play than your coach.

  2. isleptwithoj says: Jan 10, 2017 3:54 PM

    Huey will do anything to keep his job including kicking all of his assistants under the bus. Great leadership.

  3. audient says: Jan 10, 2017 4:00 PM

    In before some Browns fan complains about a lack of consistency.

    The Browns ARE consistent, as they haven’t had a winning season in nine years.

  4. lukarwarrior says: Jan 10, 2017 4:00 PM

    So much for continuity.

  5. erieadams says: Jan 10, 2017 4:01 PM

    Islept it is more like Hue wants Ast’s that go along with Williams Scheme since it will be a completely different style Def with Williams

  6. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 10, 2017 4:21 PM

    ……..the Cleveland Browns are dumpster fire……these guys are LUCKY that got to walk the plank………

  7. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 10, 2017 4:24 PM

    The departing message:

    “Don’t worry guys. Bill Belichick also got let go from us and look at him now”

  8. stoneydog1000 says: Jan 10, 2017 4:24 PM

    Louie Cioffi won’t have any problems finding a new team. The guy is a good coach.

  9. concmike says: Jan 10, 2017 4:27 PM

    Rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic won’t fix the Browns…….Now they sold their last bit of character by hiring Gregg Williams…….Browns fans start dressing like empty seats on game days and things will change!!!!!

  10. zampft says: Jan 10, 2017 4:29 PM

    not sure what team could withstand 8 different qb’s or whatever it was. Cleveland too hapless up to now to ever be able to endure such bad luck.

  11. 'boys4life says: Jan 10, 2017 4:42 PM

    isleptwithoj says:
    Jan 10, 2017 3:54 PM
    Huey will do anything to keep his job including kicking all of his assistants under the bus. Great leadership.

    Not sure he’s even doing the hiring and firing, I’d bet money he nothing to do with hiring Gregg Williams.

  12. dontbugmeonsundays says: Jan 10, 2017 4:49 PM

    Browns fans – we sympathize with you!

    signed – every Bills fan

  13. whyalwaysthehate says: Jan 10, 2017 4:56 PM

    RG III – coach killer

  14. charliecharger says: Jan 10, 2017 7:27 PM

    Didn’t they just hire all these guys? What, are they just guessing when they hire people? When you hire your top guys, you kind of think they’re qualified to hire the rest of the staff. So they’re either using these guys as scapegoats, or they made terrible decisions when they hired them. Both reasons are bad. I’m starting to think this thing isn’t going to last too long.

  15. sadnessfactory says: Jan 11, 2017 2:28 AM

    These four assistant coaches were fired because Gregg Williams was allowed to bring four with him from the Rams. Why is this a shock? How dare a new defensive coordinator choose his own staff. 🙄

  16. ulissep says: Jan 11, 2017 4:28 AM

    It makes sense: the players didn’t develop during the course of the season and the team is installing a different scheme, so why wouldn’t you change a few coaches?

  17. nords14 says: Jan 13, 2017 7:57 PM

    I guess Greg is back at it again with chopping off heads. Maybe he should be the one chopped.

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