The Browns have hired former Carolina Panthers running backs coach John Settle, a league source confirmed today for the Beacon Journal.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to announce the move. ProFootballScoop.com first reported the news this morning.
Settle spent the past two seasons with the Panthers, but coach Ron Rivera fired him in January. In Charlotte, N.C., Settle worked with new Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, who served as the Panthers’ offensive coordinator during the past two seasons.
Settle’s only other NFL coaching experience was with the Browns in 1995 and then the Baltimore Ravens from 1996-97 after the late Art Modell moved the franchise. Before joining the Panthers in 2011, Settle coached running backs at the University of Wisconsin (2006-10), Fresno State (1998-2005) and his alma mater, Appalachian State (1994).
Settle, 47, played running back for the Atlanta Falcons (1987-90) and the Washington Redskins (1991-92). He made the Pro Bowl in 1988.
Settle replaces Gary Brown as the Browns’ running backs coach. Brown, another former NFL running back, held the position for the past four seasons.
Chudzinski’s coaching staff is nearly complete. The Browns were planning to add another linebackers coach to round out the staff, and they have yet to announce such a hire.
Former Browns linebackers coach Bill Davis has been hired as the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator, CSNPhilly.com reported today. Davis spent the past two seasons coaching the Browns' linebackers.
"Awesome coach, great guy," Browns linebacker Chris Gocong tweeted about Davis after the news broke. "Learned great deal from him. Philly should be excited."
Davis will follow former Browns coach Pat Shurmur to Philadelphia. Shurmur, whom the Browns fired Dec. 31, will serve as the Eagles' offensive coordinator under new coach Chip Kelly.
Former Browns tight ends coach Steve Hagen was hired this week to fill the same position for the New York Jets, the Jets announced. Hagen coached the Browns’ tight ends for the past four seasons. … Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is scheduled to speak at the Canton Regional Chamber’s 99th annual dinner tonight at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.