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5 things to know about Amos Jones, the Browns' new special teams coordinator

Five things to know about Amos Jones, whom the Browns hired as their new special teams coordinator...

  1. Jones comes to Cleveland after five seasons as the Cardinals' special teams coordinator. During his tenure, he helped Justin Bethel notch three straight Pro Bowl selections (2013-15) for his role on special teams and rookie Budda Baker made the Pro Bowl as a special teams player this past season. Jones also oversaw then-rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro tie the NFL record for most consecutive made field goals to begin a career (17) and posted a franchise-record 114 points in 2014.
  1. Jones, who spent six seasons with the Steelers (2006-12), played a key role in helping develop now superstar wide receiver and punt returner Antonio Brown. Brown, then an unheralded sixth-round pick, set a franchise record with 2,048 all-purpose yards in 2011, 1,062 of those yards coming on returns. Brown earned his first Pro Bowl nod for that effort.  
  1. Jones has close ties to former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who retired last month after almost four decades of coaching. The pair was briefly teamed up together at Alabama (Jones was a graduate assistant; Arians was the Crimson Tide's running backs coach), at Temple (1983-88) and again in Pittsburgh (2006-11). When Arians became Arizona's head coach, Jones joined his staff in 2013.
  1. Jones played safety and running back under legendary Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant from 1978-80. He got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant for Bryant a year later.
  1. Jones replaces former special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, who left to join the Chicago Bears after seven seasons in Cleveland.
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