Browns hiring Kevin O’Connell as quarterbacks coach

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The Browns have tabbed a coach who’s worked with Johnny Manziel as their new quarterbacks coach.

Cleveland has hired Kevin O’Connell to oversee the club’s quarterbacks, Alex Marvez of reported Saturday.

The 29-year-old O’Connell was a third-round pick of the Patriots in 2008 and also played for the Lions, Jets, Dolphins and Chargers. He worked with Manziel leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

O’Connell replaces Dowell Loggains, who was not retained after one season in Cleveland.

The Browns are unsettled at quarterback entering the offseason. Veteran Brian Hoyer, who was the starter for the most of 2014, will be an unrestricted free agent. Manziel, meanwhile, did not stake a strong claim to the job before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury.

The Browns are also hiring Kurt Roper as a senior offensive assistant, Marvez reported. Roper was most recently offensive coordinator at Florida.

12 responses to “Browns hiring Kevin O’Connell as quarterbacks coach

  1. O’Connell is currently working out w/Bryce Petty along w/George Whitfield. Something to keep an eye on.

  2. Plz do not force us to watch johnny football anymore. 7 qtrs was 7too many. He is worse than teblow. Browns fans do not deserve the torture of having to endure another season of jff, he fooled people into believing he was doing all the right things, like studying the playbook and film for 14 weeks then when he gets his chance puts up a qbr of 1 lol and the other 3 qtrs I believe it was a 0. There was absolutely nothing he showed that should lead anyone into believing he is the qb if the future. This kid is a bum.

  3. Hello mr. Haslsm ….
    Please educate me on this. How does this hire make us better? A qb coach with NO coaching experience. I read that Pettine was looking for a seasoned qb coach someone who wouldn’t need “training”. I am saddened by this hire. I am sure this doesn’t justify the rise in ticket prices. Ask more from your fans but give them less quality.

  4. Isn’t the highlight from his career that game where the Jets made him a team captain for a coinflip? Isn’t that the game the Patriots blew the Jets out 45-3 on MNF?

  5. For those of you who related playing ability to teaching, know that Belichick went to Weslyan College; preferred lacrosse. Don’t remember him even making a tryout, let alone a roster spot, let alone playing. Do you think he is a bad teacher?
    Pro sports, and others, are polluted with people who did not excel at playing, so get off the new coach’s back for a minute. You are apple and oranging it to death.

  6. It’s really. really sad that they seem like they’re going to force the Manziel situation. All the moves they’re making point toward them trying to somehow “fix” Manziel and groom him to be the starter. How pathetic that Haslam is already showing us that his opinion and ego (to prove Manziel was a good pick and “save face”) is more important than winning.

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