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Duce Staley to be hired as running backs coach

Duce is no longer on the loose.

The Browns will hire Duce Staley as running backs coach, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram on Wednesday. He replaces Stump Mitchell, who was fired last week after five years with the team.

Staley, 48, also interviewed with the New York Jets.

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Staley had a 10-year career as a running back with the Eagles and Steelers, winning a Super Bowl with Pittsburgh. He was hired by the Panthers in 2023 as assistant head coach and running backs coach — the same titles he held the previous two years with the Lions — but was fired after coach Frank Reich was fired during the season.

“Back in 2002 I was leaving @villanova and heading to the @philadelphiaeagles and Duce took me under his wing and taught me everything about being a professional!!,” former All-Pro running back Brian Westbrook posted Tuesday on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Without his tutelage I wouldn’t have been nearly as successful as I was. Every team needs a leader like this”

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Staley inherits running backs Nick Chubb, Jerome Ford and Pierre Strong Jr. Kareem Hunt said after the season he would test the free agent market. Chubb is expected to miss at least the start of the season after two knee surgeries to repair torn ligaments and other damage.

Staley was a third-round pick of the Eagles in 1997 and joined the Steelers in 2004 for his last three seasons. He finished his career with 5,785 rushing yards, a 4.0 average and 24 touchdowns. He added 287 catches for 2,587 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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Coach Kevin Stefanski continues to fill out his coaching staff after making a few moves last week following a playoff loss in Houston.

Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt left after declining a reassignment, Mitchell was fired, tight ends coach T.C. McCartney wasn’t retained and defensive line coach Ben Bloom will be reassigned if he stays.

Former Alabama offensive coordinator and Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees will join the staff, with part of his responsibilities being to coach the tight ends.

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Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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