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Nolan Cromwell
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Biography

Nolan Cromwell was named the Browns’ Senior Assistant – Offense on January 18, 2012. Cromwell brings 19 years of experience as an assistant coach in the NFL and 11 seasons as a player.

 

Most recently, Cromwell spent the 2010-11 seasons with the St. Louis Rams as wide receivers coach. In 2011, Cromwell helped acclimate wide receiver Brandon Lloyd following an in-season trade from Denver. Despite playing in just 11 games with the Rams, Lloyd led the team in receptions (51), receiving yards (683) and receiving touchdowns (5). In 2010, Cromwell guided a wide receiving corps that was led by Danny Amendola, who finished fifth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL with 85 receptions.

 

Prior to joining the Rams, Cromwell spent two seasons (2008-09) as the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M University. He helped direct an offense that ranked among the top 30 teams nationally in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense.

 

Cromwell served as wide receivers coach in Seattle from 1999-2007. During his tenure, the Seahawks won four NFC West Division titles, reached the postseason five times and advanced to Super Bowl XL. Wide receivers Darrell Jackson (three times), Bobby Engram and Koren Robinson all recorded 1,000 yard receiving seasons under Cromwell. In 2007, he helped Engram post a club record 94 receptions and in 2003 his receivers helped quarterback Matt Hasselbeck set a team record with 3,841 passing yards.

 

Prior to joining the Seahawks, Cromwell spent seven seasons in Green Bay, helping the team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 1997 and 1998. He served as wide receivers coach in 1998 following six years as the club’s special teams coordinator (1992-97). In his lone season as wide receiver coach, he helped Antonio Freeman lead the NFL with 1,424 receiving yards on 84 receptions and 14 touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl selection. In 1996, the Packers led the NFL with a 15.1-yard punt return average. During the Packers victory in Super Bowl XXXI, Desmond Howard returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and was named Super Bowl MVP.

 

Cromwell began his coaching career with the Rams in 1991 as a defensive/special teams assistant.

 

A second-round draft choice, Cromwell played his entire 11-year NFL career (1977-87) for the Rams' organization. A four-time Pro Bowl honoree, he was also named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1980 and was tabbed as the NFL Defensive Back of the Year by Football Digest in 1984.

 

He appeared in 161 regular season games and ended his career as the Rams’ all-time leader in interception return yardage with 671 yards on 37 interceptions. He also played in Super Bowl XIV against the Steelers.

 

A four-year letterman at the University of Kansas, Cromwell began his collegiate career as a defensive back his first two years before switching to quarterback as a junior. He set several school records as a wishbone quarterback and earned Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year accolades as well as All-America honors as he rushed for 1,124 yards in 1975. He was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

 

Cromwell spent his freshman year at Logan (Kansas) High School where he helped the basketball team win a state championship. He finished at Ransom (Kansas) High School where he was a standout in football, basketball and track. He was a national AAU junior champion in the decathlon, a three-time state champion in track and earned consensus All-State honors in football and basketball. The Wichita Eagle named him the state's top high school player of the 1970's.

 

Cromwell and his wife, Mary, have two children, Lance and Jennifer.

 

Nolan Cromwell’s Coaching Background:

1991                St. Louis Rams, defensive/special teams assistant

1992-97           Green Bay Packers, special teams coordinator

1998                Green Bay Packers, wide receivers

1999-2007       Seattle Seahawks, wide receivers

2008-09           Texas A&M, offensive coordinator

2010-11           St. Louis Rams, wide receivers coach

2012                Cleveland Browns, senior assistant - offense

Nolan Cromwell was named the Browns’ Senior Assistant – Offense on January 18, 2012. Cromwell brings 19 years of experience as an assistant coach in the NFL and 11 seasons as a player.

 

Most recently, Cromwell spent the 2010-11 seasons with the St. Louis Rams as wide receivers coach. In 2011, Cromwell helped acclimate wide receiver Brandon Lloyd following an in-season trade from Denver. Despite playing in just 11 games with the Rams, Lloyd led the team in receptions (51), receiving yards (683) and receiving touchdowns (5). In 2010, Cromwell guided a wide receiving corps that was led by Danny Amendola, who finished fifth in the NFC and ninth in the NFL with 85 receptions.

 

Prior to joining the Rams, Cromwell spent two seasons (2008-09) as the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M University. He helped direct an offense that ranked among the top 30 teams nationally in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense.

 

Cromwell served as wide receivers coach in Seattle from 1999-2007. During his tenure, the Seahawks won four NFC West Division titles, reached the postseason five times and advanced to Super Bowl XL. Wide receivers Darrell Jackson (three times), Bobby Engram and Koren Robinson all recorded 1,000 yard receiving seasons under Cromwell. In 2007, he helped Engram post a club record 94 receptions and in 2003 his receivers helped quarterback Matt Hasselbeck set a team record with 3,841 passing yards.

 

Prior to joining the Seahawks, Cromwell spent seven seasons in Green Bay, helping the team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 1997 and 1998. He served as wide receivers coach in 1998 following six years as the club’s special teams coordinator (1992-97). In his lone season as wide receiver coach, he helped Antonio Freeman lead the NFL with 1,424 receiving yards on 84 receptions and 14 touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl selection. In 1996, the Packers led the NFL with a 15.1-yard punt return average. During the Packers victory in Super Bowl XXXI, Desmond Howard returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and was named Super Bowl MVP.

 

Cromwell began his coaching career with the Rams in 1991 as a defensive/special teams assistant.

 

A second-round draft choice, Cromwell played his entire 11-year NFL career (1977-87) for the Rams' organization. A four-time Pro Bowl honoree, he was also named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1980 and was tabbed as the NFL Defensive Back of the Year by Football Digest in 1984.

 

He appeared in 161 regular season games and ended his career as the Rams’ all-time leader in interception return yardage with 671 yards on 37 interceptions. He also played in Super Bowl XIV against the Steelers.

 

A four-year letterman at the University of Kansas, Cromwell began his collegiate career as a defensive back his first two years before switching to quarterback as a junior. He set several school records as a wishbone quarterback and earned Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year accolades as well as All-America honors as he rushed for 1,124 yards in 1975. He was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

 

Cromwell spent his freshman year at Logan (Kansas) High School where he helped the basketball team win a state championship. He finished at Ransom (Kansas) High School where he was a standout in football, basketball and track. He was a national AAU junior champion in the decathlon, a three-time state champion in track and earned consensus All-State honors in football and basketball. The Wichita Eagle named him the state's top high school player of the 1970's.

 

Cromwell and his wife, Mary, have two children, Lance and Jennifer.

 

Nolan Cromwell’s Coaching Background:

1991                St. Louis Rams, defensive/special teams assistant

1992-97           Green Bay Packers, special teams coordinator

1998                Green Bay Packers, wide receivers

1999-2007       Seattle Seahawks, wide receivers

2008-09           Texas A&M, offensive coordinator

2010-11           St. Louis Rams, wide receivers coach

2012                Cleveland Browns, senior assistant - offense