The Cleveland Browns search for a defensive coordinator under new head coach Freddie Kitchens continues. The Browns have already been linked to former Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks, former Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and now former New York Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Browns have been calling around to those that have worked with the coach in the past. They may bring him in for an interview this weekend.
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The 59 year old’s coaching career began as a graduate assistant at the University of Massachusetts back in 1981. His first NFL opportunity came in 1983 when he served as a player personnel intern with the Washington Redskins. His career then returned to the collegiate level or NFL Europe where he remained until receiving the opportunity to coach the Philadelphia Eagles as a defensive assistant in 1999. He has remained in the NFL ever since serving in a variety of roles. The Massachusetts native has served as a defensive coordinator with the Giants on two separate occasions. He has also served as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams and the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints.
During a three year stretch as the head coach of the Rams, he accumulated an 11-41 record (.212). Spagnuolo also spent two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens so he is familiar with the AFC North.
The Browns have yet to officially announce the hire of Kitchens.