A former NFL player and members of two accomplished coaching families have bee announced as new hires to the Browns coaching staff.
Chris Kiffin has been named the Browns’ defensive line coach, T.C. McCartney is a new offensive assistant and Scott Peters is assistant offensive line coach.
Kiffin, brother of Lane and son of Monte, has most recently been the pass rush specialist for the 49ers. New Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods was also a 49ers assistant last year.
“I’ve known Chris for a long time. I worked with his father Monte down in Tampa Bay and that’s when I first met him,” Woods said in a statement released by the Browns. “This previous year, he did a great job at San Francisco as assistant defensive line coach. He has a great football IQ. He relates to players very well, he can coach anybody and I’m excited for him to get his first full-time role in the NFL coaching the defensive line here.”
Kiffin’s only other NFL job previously was as an offseason quality control intern for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006, while his father was the team’s defensive coordinator. Chris Kiffin’s experience has been in college coaching, with stops at Mississippi — as a graduate assistant and as a coach — Nebraska, Southern California, Arkansas State and Florida Atlantic University.
McCartney, the grandson of legendary Colorado State coach Bill McCartney, played for Elyria native Les Miles at Louisiana State University before embarking on a coaching career, which started in the NFL with the Browns as an assistant in 2014. After a year in Cleveland, he went to the 49ers. Most recently, he was quarterbacks coach for the Broncos last season.
Peters was a fourth-round pick out of Arizona State in the 2002 NFL Draft, and played seven seasons at center and guard before retiring. He’s taking on his first full-time NFL coaching job as Browns offensive line assistant. Inbetween his playing and coaching careers, he opened a mixed martial arts gym and launched a training and development system for football coaches and players.