Amos Jones will be the Browns’ first new special teams coordinator in eight years.
Coach Hue Jackson plans to hire Jones to replace Chris Tabor, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram on Thursday. Tabor was allowed to leave after seven seasons to take the same job with the Chicago Bears.
Jones spent the last five years with the Arizona Cardinals as special teams coordinator under recently retired coach Bruce Arians. He entered the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007 as assistant special teams coach and was promoted to special teams coach in 2012.
With the Cardinals, Jones helped Justin Bethel to three straight Pro Bowl appearances as a special teams player, and in 2014 rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro tied the NFL record for most consecutive made field goals to start a career with 17.
Jones spent 21 seasons coaching in college before making the jump to the NFL.
He played running back and safety at Alabama under coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and won back-to-back national championships. He was a graduate assistant in 1981-82 for Bryant’s final two years as coach.
Jackson is still deciding whether to hire an offensive coordinator after interviewing multiple candidates. He also has an opening for a running backs coach after firing Kirby Wilson, who served as run game coordinator and running backs coach.