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Browns add three assistant coaches

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The Browns named Louie Cioffi as their defensive backs coach, Joe Cullen as defensive line coach and Shane Steichen as an offensive quality control coach.

"Joe has been an outstanding coach throughout his career," said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski.  "I was very impressed with the way he has been able to develop young players both at the collegiate level and at each of his two stints in the NFL, and his ability as a teacher will benefit our players as well. 

"Louie is very well respected in the NFL. He possesses extensive experience working alongside some of the top defensive coaches in this league.  He has worked closely with Ray (Horton), which will be a big advantage for our team. I am excited to have Joe, Louie and Shane as part of our staff, and believe that their knowledge of the game and coaching ability will be great assets to our players."

Cioffi brings 18 years of NFL coaching experience to the Browns staff, including the past two (2011-12) as the Arizona Cardinals' defensive backs coach.  Prior to Arizona, Cioffi spent 14 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, first as a defensive assistant (1997-2002) and then as assistant defensive backs coach (2003-10). 

Cullen has 23 years of coaching experience, including the last three as the defensive line coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Prior to the Jaguars, Cullen served as defensive line coach at Idaho State in 2009, after spending three seasons (2006-08) with the Detroit Lions as defensive line coach, where he helped develop Cliff Avril who led all rookies in sacks (6) and forced fumbles (4) in 2008. Before his stint at Idaho State, Cullen spent time at Illinois (2005), Indiana (2002-04), Memphis (2001) and Louisiana State (1999). He spent eight seasons (1992-98, 2000) at Richmond, including three as defensive coordinator. 

Steichen joins the Browns after spending the previous two seasons (2011-12) as a defensive assistant with the San Diego Chargers. Prior to joining the Chargers, he spent the 2010 season as an offensive assistant at the University of Louisville following three seasons at his alma mater, the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, as a student graduate assistant (2007) and an offensive graduate assistant (2008-09). A four-year letterman (2003-06) as a quarterback at UNLV, Steichen passed for 2,755 career yards with 22 touchdowns.

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