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Clyde Simmons
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Clyde Simmons was named defensive line coach on Jan. 19, 2017. He has been an NFL coach for seven seasons following a 15-year NFL playing career.

Simmons helped develop Myles Garrett, the first overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Garrett led the Browns with seven sacks, tied for second among all NFL rookies and third-most by a Browns rookie. Garrett joined Oakland defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (2004) and Cleveland linebacker Barkevious Mingo (2013) as the only NFL players since 2004 to record at least one sack in each of their first three NFL games. In his first game, Garrett recorded a sack on his first NFL play and became the only No. 1 overall pick to record multiple sacks in his NFL debut.

After ranking 31st in rushing defense in 2016, the Browns finished seventh last year. Cleveland recorded its best finish in rush defense since 1992 and held opponents to a 3.35 rushing average. That figure was the second-best by a Browns team in a season, second in the NFL in 2017 and fifth in the NFL since 2009.

Simmons spent the previous five seasons (2012-16) with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams as assistant defensive line coach. He helped coach three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who earned Defensive Rookie of the Year Honors in 2014, and All-Pro defensive end Robert Quinn who set a single-season franchise record with 19 sacks in 2013. The Rams finished third in the NFL with 217 total sacks during Simmons’ tenure with the team, including leading the league with 52 in 2012.

Prior to his time with the Rams, Simmons spent the 2010 season as a coaching intern with the New York Jets, primarily working with the defensive line.

Before entering the coaching ranks, Simmons was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro honoree over the course of a 15-year NFL career. A ninth-round pick by Philadelphia out of Western Carolina in the 1986 NFL Draft, Simmons’ 121.5 career sacks ranks in the top-20 in NFL history, including a career-best 19 in 1992. His 236 games played is tied for fourth in NFL history among defensive linemen.

He is a native of Wilmington, N.C., and is a member of the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. 

Clyde Simmons’ NFL Playing Background:

1986-93           Philadelphia Eagles, defensive line
1994-95           Arizona Cardinals, defensive line
1996-97           Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive line
1998                Cincinnati Bengals, defensive line
1999-00           Chicago Bears, defensive line

Clyde Simmons’ Coaching Background:

2010                New York Jets, coaching intern
2012-16           St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, assistant defensive line coach
2017-               Cleveland Browns, defensive line coach

Clyde Simmons was named defensive line coach on Jan. 19, 2017. He has been an NFL coach for seven seasons following a 15-year NFL playing career.

Simmons helped develop Myles Garrett, the first overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Garrett led the Browns with seven sacks, tied for second among all NFL rookies and third-most by a Browns rookie. Garrett joined Oakland defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (2004) and Cleveland linebacker Barkevious Mingo (2013) as the only NFL players since 2004 to record at least one sack in each of their first three NFL games. In his first game, Garrett recorded a sack on his first NFL play and became the only No. 1 overall pick to record multiple sacks in his NFL debut.

After ranking 31st in rushing defense in 2016, the Browns finished seventh last year. Cleveland recorded its best finish in rush defense since 1992 and held opponents to a 3.35 rushing average. That figure was the second-best by a Browns team in a season, second in the NFL in 2017 and fifth in the NFL since 2009.

Simmons spent the previous five seasons (2012-16) with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams as assistant defensive line coach. He helped coach three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who earned Defensive Rookie of the Year Honors in 2014, and All-Pro defensive end Robert Quinn who set a single-season franchise record with 19 sacks in 2013. The Rams finished third in the NFL with 217 total sacks during Simmons’ tenure with the team, including leading the league with 52 in 2012.

Prior to his time with the Rams, Simmons spent the 2010 season as a coaching intern with the New York Jets, primarily working with the defensive line.

Before entering the coaching ranks, Simmons was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro honoree over the course of a 15-year NFL career. A ninth-round pick by Philadelphia out of Western Carolina in the 1986 NFL Draft, Simmons’ 121.5 career sacks ranks in the top-20 in NFL history, including a career-best 19 in 1992. His 236 games played is tied for fourth in NFL history among defensive linemen.

He is a native of Wilmington, N.C., and is a member of the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. 

Clyde Simmons’ NFL Playing Background:

1986-93           Philadelphia Eagles, defensive line
1994-95           Arizona Cardinals, defensive line
1996-97           Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive line
1998                Cincinnati Bengals, defensive line
1999-00           Chicago Bears, defensive line

Clyde Simmons’ Coaching Background:

2010                New York Jets, coaching intern
2012-16           St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, assistant defensive line coach
2017-               Cleveland Browns, defensive line coach

 

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