Kevin O’Connell hired as new Browns quarterback coach

Kevin O’Connell is the new Cleveland Browns quarterback coach. Mike Pettine made the announcement on Tuesday. O’Connell had just finished working with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Though he has never coached in the league before, O’Connell has played as quarterback in the NFL. He has also worked with Jonny Manziel before the draft last year and last month he prepared Mariota and Baylor’s Bryce Petty for the scouting combine.

“I feel like we were able to accomplish a lot and he’s going to be in a really good situation moving forward wherever that may be,” O’Connell said of Mariota during the news release announcing his hiring. “I really was thankful to the organization for allowing me to do that. I made a commitment to Marcus and it wouldn’t have felt right not following through with him knowing that he trusted me for this important time preparing to start his NFL career.”

Alongside O’Connell, the hiring of offensive quality control coach Michael McCarthy, senior offensive assistant Kurt Roper and assistant wide receivers coach Frank Edgerly were also announced. “Kevin has already shown a knack for individual teaching at a high level,” Pettine said. “Our experience being around him makes us confident he will easily transition into being an extremely valuable member of our staff.”

O’Connell replaces Dowell Loggains who got fired after a year with the Browns. He also has extensive knowledge of football and was outstanding during his interview thus this made him the best candidate for the job.

“Throughout my NFL career, I always tried to put in as much time as possible with not only my offensive coaches, but also coaches on the other side of the ball,” O’Connell said. “I wanted to learn all the aspects of the game at the highest of levels”

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