The Browns named Joe Cullen defensive line coach, Louie Cioffi defensive backs coach and Shane Steichen offensive quality control coach Tuesday.
"I am excited to have Joe, Louie and Shane as part of our staff," new Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said in a statement. "And [I] believe that their knowledge of the game and coaching ability will be great assets to our players."
Cullen spent the past three seasons holding the same job with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He previously coached the Detroit Lions' defensive line from 2006-08 and has 17 seasons of college coaching experience. He replaces Dwaine Board, who spent the past two seasons with the Browns. In 2012, the Jaguars finished last in the league with only 20 sacks.
"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."
Ray Horton was named the Browns' new defensive coordinator on Friday. He employed a 3-4 scheme during the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals. The Browns used a 4-3 system the past two years under the guidance of Horton's predecessor, defensive coordinator Dick Jauron.
Cullen, 45, will serve as one of Horton's assistants, thanks in part to some opportunities for redemption. When he was coaching the Lions, two alcohol-related incidents threatened his career.
The night before a preseason game in 2006, Cullen was charged with indecent and obscene conduct for pulling up to a Wendy's drive-through in Dearborn, Mich., while driving an SUV naked.
"Well, it's simple; it's called a blackout, so I don't know," Cullen told the Florida-Times Union in 2010. "When you have a blackout, bang. You realize through being educated [about alcohol consumption] that you drink too much. I'm sure there's a lot of incidents out there where people don't remember a thing they did the night when they were drinking. That's basically what happened."
Joe Cullen, Louie Cioffi, Shane Steichen join Browns' new coaching staff
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