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Hue Jackson’s coaching staff loaded with experience, Super Bowl history

Posted Feb 9, 2016

New Browns coach calls it ‘very good mix of old and young’

Name Position Coaching Exp. NFL Coaching Exp.
Hue Jackson Head Coach 30th 16th
Ray Horton Defensive Coordinator 23rd 23rd
Pep Hamilton Associate Head Coach-Offense 19th 11th
Chris Tabor Special Teams Coordinator 20th 9th
Rock Cartwright Offensive Quality Control 1st 1st
Louie Cioffi Defensive Backs 24th 22nd
Ken Delgado Assistant Defensive Line 31st 1st
Johnny Holland Inside Linebackers 22nd 18th
Hal Hunter Offensive Line 30th 11th
Mark Hutson Assistant Offensive Line 27th 4th
Cannon Matthews Assistant Defensive Backs 9th 8th
Shawn Mennenga Special Teams Assistant 23rd 6th
Robert Nunn Defensive Line 29th 17th
Eric Sanders Defensive Quality Control 11th 6th
Al Saunders Sr. Offensive Assistant/Wide Receivers 47th 34th
Bob Saunders Offensive Quality Control 15th 9th
Greg Seamon Tight Ends 25th 3rd
Ryan Slowik Outside Linebackers 13th    12th
Stan Watson  Special Teams Quality Control 9th 3rd
Kirby Wilson Running Backs/Run Game Coordinator 32nd 19th

198.

In the month since he took over as Browns head coach, Hue Jackson has hired 19 coaches to fill out his staffs on offense, defense and special teams. It’s a mix of young and old with a variety of backgrounds, but one thing stands out above the rest when analyzed as a whole.

The NFL experience is clearly there.

Add it all up, and Cleveland’s 19 assistant coaches carry a combined 198 years of NFL experience into the 2016 season. That includes two coaches -- offensive quality control Rock Cartwright and assistant defensive line coach Ken Delgado -- who don’t have any, though Delgado brings 30 years of coaching experience, primarily at the collegiate level, to a defensive line room that will be led by Robert Nunn, a 16-year NFL coaching veteran.

“When I look at the whole makeup of our staff, I am really excited about the men who have come here to Cleveland to help assist this organization be the best that it can be,” Jackson said. “I think when you look at our staff we have a very good mix of old and young, experience and inexperience, and we have the potential to keep growing. We are going to chase greatness together and that is what this is all about.”

Another number to consider: eight. That’s the number of Super Bowl rings owned by assistants under Jackson.

Nunn has the most recent, earning his in the same position with the Giants when they took down the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Wilson picked one up with Tampa Bay in 2002 and another with Pittsburgh in 2008. Saunders helped St. Louis win Super Bowl XXXIV, and Holland was on the Packers staff when Green Bay downed New England in Super Bowl XXXI.

And then there’s Horton, who has appeared in five Super Bowls and won three of them as a player and coach.

Horton won two rings as the secondary coach with the Steelers in 2005 and 2008. As a player, he won Super Bowl XXVII in his final NFL season with the Cowboys.

“He understands what it takes to win in this division,” Jackson said. “I know what he’s built of and I know what he’s all about. I know he’s going to bring that toughness and that mindset back to our defense.

“He’s raring to go. Me and him are going to jump in the Dawg Pound together. We’re looking forward to it.”

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