Browns add to coaching staff

Posted Jan 31, 2011

On Monday evening, the Cleveland Browns announced the additions of Dwaine Board, Bill Davis, Mark Whipple and Mike Wilson to the club’s coaching staff.

The Cleveland Browns added Dwaine Board, Bill Davis, Mark Whipple and Mike Wilson to the coaching staff, the team announced Monday evening.

Board will coach the defensive line, while Davis will guide the linebackers. Whipple is the new quarterbacks coach and Wilson is the wide receivers’ mentor.

Board, a former player with the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints, was a member of two Super Bowl teams with the 49ers. His two-sack, four-tackle performance earned him defensive player of the game in Super XIX when the 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16.

Combined between his coaching and playing days, Board has been a part of 18 playoff teams, 15 divisional championships and five Super Bowl victories. He coached the Oakland Raiders’ defensive line in 2009 and spent the previous six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Davis comes to the Browns after spending two seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals. In 2009, Davis’ defense allowed 325 points, which was the fifth-lowest total for the franchise since the implementation of a 16-game schedule in 1978.

Davis has also served as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator. During his tenure, Walt Harris’ eight interceptions tied for the best total in the conference. Under Davis, Harris earned his only Pro Bowl appearance in a 13-year career.

A Youngstown native, Davis was a defensive quality control coach for the Browns in 1999.

Whipple has 29 years of coaching experience on the collegiate and professional stages, including his stint as head coach of the University of Massachusetts. He led the Minutemen to the 1998 NCAA Division I-AA national championship and was a member of the Steelers’ 2005 Super Bowl team.

A former quarterback at Brown University, Whipple spent the last two seasons as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami (Fla.).

Wilson spent ten years in the NFL as a player with the 49ers. He caught 159 passes for 2,199 yards with 15 touchdowns in his career and was part of four Super Bowl championship teams.

For the past two seasons, Wilson has coached the wide receivers for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League. He was also wide receivers coach with the Raiders (1995-96) and Cardinals (2005-06). Wilson worked as the Cardinals’ tight ends coach in 2004.

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