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Browns hire former St. Louis Rams WR coach Nolan Cromwell

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 18, 2012

The Browns have hired Nolan Cromwell as a senior offensive assistant, the team confirmed Wednesday.

Cromwell, 56, will replace Keith Gilbertson, who has retired after holding the title of senior offensive assistant last season with the Browns. Cromwell spent the past two seasons serving as the St. Louis Rams' wide receivers coach.

Cromwell's first season with the Rams was also Browns coach Pat Shurmur's last as the Rams' offensive coordinator. From 2008-09, Cromwell served as an offensive coordinator for Texas A&M under coach Mike Sherman, who has reportedly interviewed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head-coaching position but would also be a logical candidate to fill the Browns' offensive coordinator vacancy.

Cromwell, who's pictured to the left, has another important connection to the Browns. He worked as an assistant under President Mike Holmgren. While Holmgren was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Cromwell coached the organization's special teams from 1992-97 and its wide receivers in 1998. Cromwell then joined Holmgren as the latter took control of the Seattle Seahawks. He coached the Seahawks' wide receivers from 1999-2007.

In 1991, Cromwell started his coaching career as a defensive and special teams assistant for the Los Angeles Rams. He played safety for the Rams for 11 seasons (1977-87) and was named to the Pro Bowl four times.

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