Browns Hire Todd Monken, Steve Wilks

The Browns’ coaching staff is officially set. On Monday, the Browns officially announced the hiring of Todd Monken as the new offensive coordinator and Steve Wilks as defensive coordinator. In addition to those hires, the club appointed Mike Priefer as special teams coordinator, Stump Mitchell as the running backs coach/run game coordinator, James Campen as offensive line coach/associate head coach, and Ryan Lindley as quarterbacks coach.

Monken has a reputation for savvy play calling, even though Buccaneers’ offense was inconsistent in 2018. The Bucs didn’t consider him as a potential replacement for head coach Dirk Koetter, but other clubs were eager to talk with him. The Bengals, Packers, and Jets all interviewed him for their head coaching vacancies and several clubs showed keen interest in bringing him on as their new OC. Ultimately, Monken chose the Browns, who offer tremendous potential and a potential star quarterback in Baker Mayfield.

Wilks was one-and-done as the Cardinals’ head coach after the team limped to a 3-13 record. His defense did not perform up to par in Arizona, but he built a reputation for himself as a smart defensive mind in Carolina. In his six seasons with the Panthers (five as defensive backs coach, one as DC), the club finished with a top 10 defense five times.

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    • crosseyedlemon

      I’d grade the staff at C+. Harbaugh and McCarthy were not in the mix for any team so I think most teams will have similar grades. I might grade the Broncos a bit ahead of everyone and the Bucs lowest. Probably be a poll in the near future and that should prove interesting.

      • sufferfortribe

        You just lost whatever relevance you had with the first sentence.

  1. dust44

    Hard Knocks won’t b back in Cleveland anytime soon. Not enough internal discord for HBO now

    • crosseyedlemon

      Everyone knows the Browns and Steelers have always had an intense rivalry but fighting for the drama trophy might be taking things a bit too far.

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