Defensive line coach Chris Kiffin is leaving the Browns to reunite with his brother.
Kiffin accepted a job at the University of Mississippi, where Lane Kiffin is the coach, Chase Parham of Rivals reported Thursday. A source confirmed the move to The Chronicle-Telegram.
Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported Kiffin’s expected to be co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
Hearing Chris Kiffin has accepted a position on Lane Kiffin’s #OleMiss staff. Chris was most recently with the Browns and was on Hugh Freeze’s staff with the Rebels.
— Chase Parham (@RivalsChase) January 13, 2022
Kiffin spent the past two seasons with the Browns. He followed coordinator Joe Woods from the 49ers, where Kiffin was on the coaching staff as the pass rush specialist.
The Browns had already lost assistant defensive line coach Jeremy Garrett, who was hired Wednesday as defensive line coach at Liberty University.
Hugh Freeze is the coach at Liberty and was the coach at Mississippi when Kiffin was the defensive line coach/defensive recruiting coordinator there from 2012-16.
Kiffin worked for Lane at Florida Atlantic in 2017 as co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach. Their father, Monte, was a longtime defensive coordinator in the NFL, mostly with Tampa Bay.
Last offseason Chris Kiffin interviewed for the coordinator job with the Packers.
Cleveland’s defensive line had success in Kiffin’s two years.
End Myles Garrett had 12 sacks in 14 games in 2020 and 16 sacks in 17 games this year. At the other end spot, Olivier Vernon had nine sacks in 2020 and Jadeveon Clowney nine sacks this year.
Defensive linemen combined for 34.5 of the team’s 43 sacks in 2021. The 43 sacks tied for ninth in the NFL.
Kiffin also helped the development of tackle Malik McDowell, who was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round in 2017 but hadn’t played in the NFL until this season due to physical and off-field problems. McDowell became a Week 1 starter and had three sacks, 33 tackles and seven tackles for loss in 15 games.
** Cornerback Herb Miller was signed to a reserve/futures contract. He played nine games this season and ended it on the team’s practice squad.