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Roy Istvan to be assistant OL coach

The Browns are pairing new offensive line coach Andy Dickerson with veteran coach Roy Istvan.

Istvan will be hired as assistant line coach, a league source confirmed Thursday to The Chronicle-Telegram. Tom Withers of The Associated Press was first to report the news.

Dickerson’s hiring was reported Wednesday.

Heralded line coach Bill Callahan left the Browns last week to join his son Brian, who was hired as coach of the Titans. Assistant line coach Scott Peters didn’t get promoted by the Browns and left Wednesday to join the Patriots.

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Istvan was assistant line coach the previous five years with the Eagles. Before that he spent nearly three decades coaching at the collegiate level, including stints as offensive coordinator with Buffalo, Cornell, Rhode Island and Connecticut State.

With the Eagles, Istvan coached Pro Bowlers Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks and Landon Dickerson. Philadelphia led the league in rushing in 2021 with a franchise-record 2,715 yards.

Jonathan Decoster, an offensive assistant who works with the line, will remain on staff and join Dickerson and Istvan. Decoster will be in his fourth season with the Browns.

Dickerson, 42, spent the last three years with the Seahawks. He was run game coordinator in 2021 and line coach the next two years.

Before joining the Seahawks, he spent nine seasons as assistant line coach with the Rams.

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