CLEVELAND (AP) — New Browns coach Freddie Kitchens added seven assistants to his staff, including Tosh Lupoi, Alabama’s defensive coordinator last season.
Lupoi will coach Cleveland’s defensive line. He spent five seasons working under Nick Saban with the Crimson Tide, who were recently beaten by Clemson in the national championship.
Kitchens also hired Chris Jones (senior defensive assistant), Joe Whitt (pass game coordinator/secondary coach), Al Holcomb (run game coordinator/linebackers coach), John Lilly (tight ends), John Parrella (assistant defensive line) and Jeff Blasko (assistant offensive line).
Jones, who was Saskatchewan’s coach and general manager the past three seasons, was a graduate assistant with Alabama in 1997 when Kitchens was a senior quarterback. Jones has coached in the Canadian Football League since 2002.
Also, Kitchens is keeping Adam Henry (wide receivers) and DeWayne Walker (defensive backs).
Holcomb spent the past six seasons in Arizona working with new Browns defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who was fired after one season as Cardinals coach.
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