The Browns have hired former Carolina Panthers running backs coach John Settle, ProFootballScoop.com reported this morning.
The Browns have yet to announce the move.
Settle spent the 2011 season 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.
Browns hire former Panthers running backs coach John Settle
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