Alabama defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi hired by Browns

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Alabama defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is headed to Cleveland to join the Browns, Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reports. Lupoi will join Freddie Kitchens’ staff as the defensive line coach.

Lupoi was the primary recruiter for Tua Tagovailoa, Jonah Wililams, Najee Harris and Raekwon Davis, among others, and known as one of the nation’s top recruiters.

It is a good get for Kitchens, a former Alabama quarterback.

Lupoi spent five seasons with Nick Saban at Alabama, earning a promotion to defensive coordinator a year after after Jeremy Pruitt left to become the head coach at the University of Tennessee. Lupoi served as the outside linebackers coach for the three seasons before that after arriving as an analyst in 2014.

He coached the defensive linemen for four seasons at Cal and for two seasons at the University of Washington before leaving for Alabama.

22 responses to “Alabama defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi hired by Browns

  1. Another one of Freddie’s old Alabama pals. No NFL experience. This Browns staff has really taken a turn for the worse!

  2. Considering Kitchens never coached or played with him. Don’t know how he’s one of his old buddies.

  3. Kind of shocked here. Bama defense was pretty mediocre this year compared to normal and had no answer for clemson.

  4. 64impalass says:
    January 16, 2019 at 8:49 pm
    Kind of shocked here. Bama defense was pretty mediocre this year compared to normal and had no answer for clemson.

    He’s going to be a D-line coach, not a DC. It’s a good hire.

  5. I remember when Saban coached for the Brown’s and then left. Belichick was fired that next season since Nick wasn’t here to carry him anymore.

  6. This staff is looking very poor for an NFL team. Steve Wilks as DC is a disaster. With Wilks defense, get ready for a lot of missed assignments, poor tacking, guys in the wrong gaps/run fits and blown coverages.

  7. amaf21 says:
    January 16, 2019 at 9:41 pm
    Kitchens is NFL Spurrier 2.0

    What does that mean?

    Spurrier was a prolific winning college HC and never coached in the NFL until he became HC.

    Kitchens was a position coach in college. But made his way through the ranks of the NFL coaching width Parcells and Arians.

    They were both college QB’s maybe that’s what you ment.

  8. Lupoi was known as one of the nation’s top recruiters.

    How does that help in the pros exactly?

    At Alabama they get the equivalent of four or five first rounders a year. In the NFL you only get one.

  9. People have no problem drafting players from college but as soon as a coach gets hired, it’s a bad move. I’m pretty certain every NFL coach has either held a gig in high school or college or played there at some point. How is this a bad thing?

  10. Q. Williams developed into an absolute monster on his watch, but the defense hasn’t been up to “standards” lately, even though the talent is clearly there. I mean, you have All-Americans at every level of the Browns defense, but I don’t know if they’ll get to the upper echelon of the NFL.

  11. @lebrickie

    Not like that defense wasn’t 13-0 entering that game, pitching back to back shutouts along the way. Clemson had their number, 13 other teams could hardly keep it close.

  12. If you failed at other coaching jobs, then Freddy wants you (Steve WILKS)!
    If you coached a soft zone Alabama defense, then Freddie wants you. This is one of the weaker staffs that I’ve seen assembled. It looks like Gregg Williams was the straw that stirred the drink when Cleveland went 5-3. Not Kitchens.

  13. I’m guilty of it too,but all you armchair quarterbacks must realize that the worst coach,worst scout,worst anything knows more than any of us about the going on inside the national football league.does anyone here still not believe in john Dorsey? I sure believe

  14. vaphinfan says:
    January 16, 2019 at 9:15 pm
    I remember when Saban coached for the Brown’s and then left. Belichick was fired that next season since Nick wasn’t here to carry him anymore.

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    Art Modell fired Bill after the last Browns season when they were then the Ravens. What a solid move, firing that loser, Belichick.

  15. What good is a recruiter in the pro ranks? Having said that, I like the Browns special teams and o-line assistant hires.

  16. Browns fans don’t let the naysayers get you down, they are sweating Dorsey and Kitchens and these hires.

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