July 12, 2024

The three position coaches that the Browns have added to their coaching staff have been formally announced. They hire Jacques Cesaire to coach the defensive line, Duce Staley to train the running backs, and Tommy Rees to coach tight ends and pass games.

Rees, a former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for Alabama, joins the Browns as a tight ends/pass game specialist.

“Tommy has established himself as one of the top assistant coaches in college football and I have no doubt that will transition to the NFL,” Kevin Stefanski, the head coach, stated. “He has an incredible football acumen and I look forward to bringing his insight and unique perspective from top college programs to our offense.”

Rees worked as Alabama’s offensiv


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Serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2020 to 22 after serving as the quarterbacks coach from 2017 to 19. After he took over as Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator for three seasons, the squad averaged over thirty points per game and, in 2020, made it to the College Football Playoffs following an undefeated regular season.

Rees joined Northwestern as a graduate assistant in 2015 before starting his coaching career. After that, he worked as an offensive assistant with the San Diego Chargers for a season in 2016. After four seasons at Notre Dame, where he finished third with 7,351 throwing yards and second in school history with 61 touchdown passes, he called it quits on his collegiate career.

e coordinator and quarterbacks coach for one season in 2023. Rees led the Crimson Tide to a 12-2 record in his lone season at Alabama, which included a victory in the SEC Championship Game and a trip to the College Football Playoff semifinal.

Pro Bowl tight end David Njoku, who led the Browns in 2023

In 2023, Staley, who was the running backs coach for the Panthers, will assume a similar position as the new running backs coach for the Browns.

With 132.2 running yards per game in 2017, he contributed to the Eagles’ third-place finish in the league and their Super Bowl LII victory. Additionally, Staley assisted LeSean McCoy, a running back, in being selected to five Pro Bowls (2013–17) and the first team All-Pro in 2013. With 2,146 scrimmage yards and 1,607 running yards in 2013, McCoy led the NFL in both categories.

After that, Staley worked as the running backs coach and assistant head coach at Detroit for two seasons (2021–2022). With 17 running touchdowns in 2022, RB Jamaal Williams led the NFL and established a team record for the Lions under his leadership.

“Duce was a tough, hard-nosed running back in this league and brings the mind-set and energy to his coaching style that is needed in the running backs room,” Stefanski stated. “Having worked with some of the best running backs in the NFL, he knows how to get the most out of his players.” Having him in charge of our running backs excites us.”

Staley brings 25 years of experience to the table as an NFL coach and player, having won a Super Bowl in each of his last two stints. He started playing NFL

with 81 receptions and six touchdown catches, moves into Rees’ room. Njoku accrued 882 receiving yards by the end of the season.




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