Browns defensive staff is starting to take shape

Browns defensive staff is starting to take shape

The defensive coaching staff for the 2014 Cleveland Browns is starting to take shape. Along with the hiring of defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil, the Browns have hired four other coaches and are retaining three other coaches.

Joining the list of coaches coming to Cleveland from Buffalo along with O'Neil are linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach and assistant linebackers coach Brian Fleury. Both coaches were part of the Buffalo Bills coaching staff along with head coach Mike Pettine and O'Neil in 2013.

Chris Tabor will remain in Cleveland as special teams coordinator after being interviewed and retained by Pettine himself. Tabor was first named Browns' special teams coordinator in 2011 and helped Josh Cribbs and Phil Dawson to the Pro Bowl in 2012. The Browns will also retain assistant special teams coach Shawn Mennenga and assistant defensive backs coach Bobby Babich.

Coming over from Tampa Bay are tight ends coach Brian Angelichio and secondary coach Jeff Hafley. Angelichio is entering into his 20th year as a coach. Previously he coached tight ends at the University of Pittsburgh (2006-10) and Rutgers (2011). Angelichio has spent the past two seasons coaching tight ends for the Buccaneers. Hafley will begin his third year in the NFL with Cleveland, he spent the last two seasons as a secondary coach in Tampa Bay.

The Browns still have not named a defensive line coach yet. Bills head coach Doug Marrone has verbalized being worried that his current defensive line coach Anthony Weaver may be next in line to leave Buffalo for Cleveland. Weaver started his coaching career in 2010 as a graduate assistant defensive coach under Urban Meyer at the University of Florida. He played defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans from 2002-2008.

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