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DeWayne Walker
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DeWayne Walker was named defensive backs coach on Jan. 19, 2017. Walker has 12 years of NFL coaching experience.

In his first season, the Browns defense made significant improvements in many categories. The Browns, who finished 31st in the NFL in both total defense and rushing defense in 2016, ranked 14th in total defense and seventh in rushing defense in 2017. Walker worked specifically with the Browns corners and Jason McCourty led the team in interceptions. McCourty also recorded the first INT-TD of his nine-year career.

Prior to the Browns, Walker served as defensive backs coach with Jacksonville for four seasons (2013-16). In 2016, Walker was tasked with the development of first-round pick Jalen Ramsey and helped him become the first rookie in franchise history to record an interception in back-to-back games and the first to return an interception for a touchdown. Walker also helped Davon House register a team-record 23 passes defensed in 2015. In 2013, the Jaguars started three rookie defensive backs and Johnathan Cyprien led all rookie defensive backs with 98 tackles. 

Walker also served as secondary coach with the New York Giants (2002-03) before spending the 2004-05 seasons in the same role with Washington.  In 2005, the Redskins led the NFL in lowest opponent completion percentage (54.4) and ranked tied for second in fewest touchdown passes allowed (15). He helped develop 2005 first-round pick Carlos Rogers and worked with veteran Shawn Springs, who in 2004 became the first cornerback in NFL history to lead his team in sacks (five) and interceptions (six) in the same season.

From 1998-00, Walker served as assistant secondary coach in New England under Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick. Walker helped Ty Law and Lawyer Milloy to Pro Bowl appearances.

Walker participated in the NFL’s minority coaching internship program, working with the San Francisco 49ers in 1996 and the Patriots in 1997.

On the college level, he served as the head coach at New Mexico State from 2009-12 following three years at UCLA as defensive coordinator. Walker also spent 2001 as the associate head coach/secondary coach at USC and spent time at California (1996-97), Oklahoma State (1995), Brigham Young (1994) and Utah State (1993). Walker began his coaching career in 1988 at Mt. San Antonio College, serving as the defensive backs coach for four seasons and defensive coordinator for one.

As a corner at the University of Minnesota, Walker played for the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos in 1982 and spent two seasons (1983-84) playing in the USFL. In 1992, he graduated from Regents College with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

Walker and his wife, Zan, have two daughters, Kesha and Kendra, and a son, Kevan.

DeWayne Walker’s Coaching Background:

1988-91           Mt. San Antonio College, defensive backs coach
1992                Mt. San Antonio College, defensive coordinator
1993                Utah State University, cornerbacks coach
1994                Brigham Young University, cornerbacks coach
1995                Oklahoma State University, defensive backs coach
1996-97           University of California-Berkeley, defensive backs coach
1998-00           New England Patriots, assistant secondary coach
2001                University of Southern California, associate head coach/secondary coach
2002-03           New York Giants, secondary coach
2004-05           Washington Redskins, secondary coach
2006-08           UCLA, defensive coordinator
2009-12           New Mexico State University, head coach
2013-16           Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive backs coach
2017-               Cleveland Browns, defensive backs coach

DeWayne Walker was named defensive backs coach on Jan. 19, 2017. Walker has 12 years of NFL coaching experience.

In his first season, the Browns defense made significant improvements in many categories. The Browns, who finished 31st in the NFL in both total defense and rushing defense in 2016, ranked 14th in total defense and seventh in rushing defense in 2017. Walker worked specifically with the Browns corners and Jason McCourty led the team in interceptions. McCourty also recorded the first INT-TD of his nine-year career.

Prior to the Browns, Walker served as defensive backs coach with Jacksonville for four seasons (2013-16). In 2016, Walker was tasked with the development of first-round pick Jalen Ramsey and helped him become the first rookie in franchise history to record an interception in back-to-back games and the first to return an interception for a touchdown. Walker also helped Davon House register a team-record 23 passes defensed in 2015. In 2013, the Jaguars started three rookie defensive backs and Johnathan Cyprien led all rookie defensive backs with 98 tackles. 

Walker also served as secondary coach with the New York Giants (2002-03) before spending the 2004-05 seasons in the same role with Washington.  In 2005, the Redskins led the NFL in lowest opponent completion percentage (54.4) and ranked tied for second in fewest touchdown passes allowed (15). He helped develop 2005 first-round pick Carlos Rogers and worked with veteran Shawn Springs, who in 2004 became the first cornerback in NFL history to lead his team in sacks (five) and interceptions (six) in the same season.

From 1998-00, Walker served as assistant secondary coach in New England under Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick. Walker helped Ty Law and Lawyer Milloy to Pro Bowl appearances.

Walker participated in the NFL’s minority coaching internship program, working with the San Francisco 49ers in 1996 and the Patriots in 1997.

On the college level, he served as the head coach at New Mexico State from 2009-12 following three years at UCLA as defensive coordinator. Walker also spent 2001 as the associate head coach/secondary coach at USC and spent time at California (1996-97), Oklahoma State (1995), Brigham Young (1994) and Utah State (1993). Walker began his coaching career in 1988 at Mt. San Antonio College, serving as the defensive backs coach for four seasons and defensive coordinator for one.

As a corner at the University of Minnesota, Walker played for the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos in 1982 and spent two seasons (1983-84) playing in the USFL. In 1992, he graduated from Regents College with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

Walker and his wife, Zan, have two daughters, Kesha and Kendra, and a son, Kevan.

DeWayne Walker’s Coaching Background:

1988-91           Mt. San Antonio College, defensive backs coach
1992                Mt. San Antonio College, defensive coordinator
1993                Utah State University, cornerbacks coach
1994                Brigham Young University, cornerbacks coach
1995                Oklahoma State University, defensive backs coach
1996-97           University of California-Berkeley, defensive backs coach
1998-00           New England Patriots, assistant secondary coach
2001                University of Southern California, associate head coach/secondary coach
2002-03           New York Giants, secondary coach
2004-05           Washington Redskins, secondary coach
2006-08           UCLA, defensive coordinator
2009-12           New Mexico State University, head coach
2013-16           Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive backs coach
2017-               Cleveland Browns, defensive backs coach

 

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