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Stan Watson enters his fourth season on the Browns coaching staff. He is in his second year as special teams quality control coach after spending his first two seasons as a special teams coaching intern.

Since coming to Cleveland in 2014, the Browns have had at least one AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award winner each season. Last season, punter Britton Colquitt set a Browns net punting average record with 40.3 and rookie linebacker Joe Schobert led the team with 14 special-teams tackles.

Watson spent his first two seasons (2014-15) working closely with the gunners on punt coverage, where Johnson Bademosi led the league in special teams tackles in 2015.

In 2015, kicker Travis Coons set an NFL record with 18 consecutive field goals to start his career. Andy Lee set a franchise record in punt average (46.71) and punt returner Travis Benjamin finished third in the league in punt return average (11.6). As a team, the special teams unit finished fourth in the NFL in punt return average (11.2), fifth in kickoff return yards (1,041) and fifth in total kick return yards (1,366).

In 2014, Watson assisted a special teams unit that finished second in the NFL in opposing field position on kickoffs, including 16 stops inside the 20. The Browns turned away four kicks (two punts and two field goals) and finished eighth in the NFL in punt coverage. The Browns also registered their first blocked punt since 2003, which resulted in a safety and helped lift the team to a record-setting comeback at Tennessee on Oct. 5.

Prior to jumping to the NFL ranks, Watson spent 11 years as a collegiate coach, where he worked with 18 first-team all-conference selections and 11 All-Americans.

From 2012-2013, Watson was the special teams coordinator/linebackers coach for Toledo, where kicker JD Detmer was named the 2013 MAC Special Teams Player of the Year.

Watson spent four years (2008-11) coaching at Bowling Green in various roles on the defensive side of the ball. He served as the team’s linebackers coach from 2010-11 and secondary coach in 2009. In 2008, as a defensive graduate assistant with a focus on the secondary, Bowling Green’s defense ranked second in the MAC and 24th nationally in pass defense.

Before Bowling Green, Watson spent three seasons (2005-07) coaching the linebackers and secondary as the defensive coordinator at Emory & Henry College. In 2007, the school led the ODAC in total defense and was the conference’s No. 1 rushing defense in 2006.       

Watson began his coaching career at his alma mater Mount Union, where he worked with the linebackers (2003) and defensive line (2004). In 2003, the Purple Raiders advanced to the Division III championship game.

A Youngstown, Ohio native, Watson graduated from Mount Union with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health. He was a part of four national championships (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) as an outside linebacker for the Purple Raiders, including as team captain for the 2002 championship team. He finished his career as a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference first-team selection and was an All-American as a senior.

He received a master’s degree in sports administration from the United States Sports Academy in 2006.

Watson and his wife, Stephanie, have a daughter, Addison, and a son, Ross.

Stan Watson’s Coaching Background:

2003                Mount Union College, linebackers coach
2004                Mount Union College, defensive line coach
2005-06           Emory & Henry College, linebackers coach/defensive coordinator
2007                Emory & Henry College, secondary coach/defensive coordinator
2008                Bowling Green State University, defensive grad assistant/secondary coach
2009                Bowling Green State University, secondary/cornerbacks coach
2010                Bowling Green State University, outside linebackers coach
2011                Bowling Green University, linebackers coach
2012-13           University of Toledo, special teams coordinator/linebackers coach
2014-15           Cleveland Browns, special teams coaching intern
2016-               Cleveland Browns, special teams quality control coach

Stan Watson enters his fourth season on the Browns coaching staff. He is in his second year as special teams quality control coach after spending his first two seasons as a special teams coaching intern.

Since coming to Cleveland in 2014, the Browns have had at least one AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award winner each season. Last season, punter Britton Colquitt set a Browns net punting average record with 40.3 and rookie linebacker Joe Schobert led the team with 14 special-teams tackles.

Watson spent his first two seasons (2014-15) working closely with the gunners on punt coverage, where Johnson Bademosi led the league in special teams tackles in 2015.

In 2015, kicker Travis Coons set an NFL record with 18 consecutive field goals to start his career. Andy Lee set a franchise record in punt average (46.71) and punt returner Travis Benjamin finished third in the league in punt return average (11.6). As a team, the special teams unit finished fourth in the NFL in punt return average (11.2), fifth in kickoff return yards (1,041) and fifth in total kick return yards (1,366).

In 2014, Watson assisted a special teams unit that finished second in the NFL in opposing field position on kickoffs, including 16 stops inside the 20. The Browns turned away four kicks (two punts and two field goals) and finished eighth in the NFL in punt coverage. The Browns also registered their first blocked punt since 2003, which resulted in a safety and helped lift the team to a record-setting comeback at Tennessee on Oct. 5.

Prior to jumping to the NFL ranks, Watson spent 11 years as a collegiate coach, where he worked with 18 first-team all-conference selections and 11 All-Americans.

From 2012-2013, Watson was the special teams coordinator/linebackers coach for Toledo, where kicker JD Detmer was named the 2013 MAC Special Teams Player of the Year.

Watson spent four years (2008-11) coaching at Bowling Green in various roles on the defensive side of the ball. He served as the team’s linebackers coach from 2010-11 and secondary coach in 2009. In 2008, as a defensive graduate assistant with a focus on the secondary, Bowling Green’s defense ranked second in the MAC and 24th nationally in pass defense.

Before Bowling Green, Watson spent three seasons (2005-07) coaching the linebackers and secondary as the defensive coordinator at Emory & Henry College. In 2007, the school led the ODAC in total defense and was the conference’s No. 1 rushing defense in 2006.       

Watson began his coaching career at his alma mater Mount Union, where he worked with the linebackers (2003) and defensive line (2004). In 2003, the Purple Raiders advanced to the Division III championship game.

A Youngstown, Ohio native, Watson graduated from Mount Union with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health. He was a part of four national championships (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) as an outside linebacker for the Purple Raiders, including as team captain for the 2002 championship team. He finished his career as a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference first-team selection and was an All-American as a senior.

He received a master’s degree in sports administration from the United States Sports Academy in 2006.

Watson and his wife, Stephanie, have a daughter, Addison, and a son, Ross.

Stan Watson’s Coaching Background:

2003                Mount Union College, linebackers coach
2004                Mount Union College, defensive line coach
2005-06           Emory & Henry College, linebackers coach/defensive coordinator
2007                Emory & Henry College, secondary coach/defensive coordinator
2008                Bowling Green State University, defensive grad assistant/secondary coach
2009                Bowling Green State University, secondary/cornerbacks coach
2010                Bowling Green State University, outside linebackers coach
2011                Bowling Green University, linebackers coach
2012-13           University of Toledo, special teams coordinator/linebackers coach
2014-15           Cleveland Browns, special teams coaching intern
2016-               Cleveland Browns, special teams quality control coach

 

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