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Browns announce addition of three coaches

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 22, 2013

New Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton has brought at least one of his assistants from the Arizona Cardinals to Cleveland.

The Browns hired Louie Cioffi as their new defensive backs coach, the team announced today. For the past two seasons, Cioffi had the same job with the Cardinals while Horton served as their defensive coordinator.

“Louie is very well respected in the NFL,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said in a statement. “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.”

The Browns also named Shane Steichen as an offensive quality control coach and announced the previously reported hiring of Joe Cullen as their defensive line coach.

Steichen will reunite with new Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who spent the past six seasons as coach of the San Diego Chargers. Steichen was a defensive assistant with the Chargers the past two years.

“I am excited to have Joe, Louie and Shane as part of our staff,” Chudzinski said. “And [I] believe that their knowledge of the game and coaching ability will be great assets to our players.”

Cullen served as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defensive line coach for the past three seasons.

“Joe has been an outstanding coach throughout his career,” Chudzinski said. “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.”

The Browns still have openings for coaches to guide the following positions: quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends, and linebackers.

Here is more information about Cioffi, Steichen and Cullen from the Browns’ news release:

Cioffi 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 played a pivotal role in the development of 2011 first round draft pick, cornerback Patrick Peterson. In 2012, Peterson ranked fourth in the NFL with seven interceptions and led the league with five fumble recoveries en route to being the only Cardinal selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl. In his first season with the Cardinals, Cioffi helped guide strong safety Adrian Wilson to a Pro Bowl selection. Prior to Arizona, Cioffi spent 14 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, first as a defensive assistant (1997-2002) and then as assistant defensive backs coach (2003-10). Hired in 1997 as a defensive assistant at the age of 23, Cioffi was the youngest fulltime assistant coach in the NFL at that time. He began his coaching career in 1993 as a staff assistant with the New York Jets. Following two seasons with the Jets, Cioffi coached wide receivers for two seasons (1995-96) at C.W. Post University in Brookville, N.Y. Born in Queens, N.Y., Cioffi attended college at SUNY-Stony Brook. He and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters, Cecilia Elle and Corrine, and a son, Sigismondo Connor.

Steichen joins the Browns after spending the previous two seasons (2011-12) as a defensive assistant with the San Diego Chargers. Prior to joining the Chargers, he spent the 2010 season as an offensive assistant at the University of Louisville following three seasons at his alma mater, the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, as a student graduate assistant (2007) and an offensive graduate assistant (2008-09). A four-year letterman (2003-06) as a quarterback at UNLV, Steichen passed for 2,755 career yards with 22 touchdowns. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies. A native of Sacramento, California, he attended Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills. Steichen is married (Nina).

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 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. Prior to the Jaguars, Cullen served as defensive line coach at Idaho State in 2009, after spending three seasons (2006-08) with the Detroit Lions as defensive line coach, where he helped develop Cliff Avril who led all rookies in sacks (6) and forced fumbles (4) in 2008. Before his stint at Idaho State, Cullen spent time at Illinois (2005), Indiana (2002-04), Memphis (2001) and Louisiana State (1999). He spent eight seasons (1992-98, 2000) at Richmond, including three as defensive coordinator. Cullen played nose guard at the University of Massachusetts from 1986-89, where he was a three time all-conference honoree. He began his coaching career overseeing the defensive line at his alma mater from 1990-91. Cullen earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management.


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