Browns coach Rob Chudzinski completed the hiring of his first staff, the team announced Thursday.
The Browns rounded out their staff of 21 coaches by hiring inside linebackers coach Ken Flajole, running backs coach John Settle, assistant strength and conditioning coaches Chris DiSanto and Derik Keyes and special assistant to the head coach Steve Gera.
Flajole spent last season as the secondary coach of the New Orleans Saints and was fired in January along with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Before joining the Saints, Flajole served as the defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11.
Flajole, 58, also coached linebackers for the Carolina Panthers (2003-08), defensive backs and linebackers for the Seattle Seahawks (1999-2002) and entered the NFL in 1998 as a defensive assistant with the Green Bay Packers. He also made several stops in the college ranks and has 36 years of coaching experience.
“Ken is a highly regarded coach with an extensive resume in the NFL,” Chudzinski said in a news release. “He has achieved success as a position coach and coordinator in the league. Like other members of our defensive staff, he has experience working in several different schemes, an attribute which will be valuable as we develop the Browns’ defense.”
In January, the Browns hired Brian Baker to coach the outside linebackers in new defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s 3-4 multifront system.
Settle spent the past two seasons with the Panthers, but he was fired in January. In Charlotte, N.C., Settle worked with Chudzinski, who served as the Panthers’ offensive coordinator during the past two seasons.
Settle’s only other NFL coaching experience was with the Browns in 1995 and then the Baltimore Ravens from 1996-97 after the team moved. Before joining the Panthers in 2011, Settle coached running backs at the University of Wisconsin (2006-10), Fresno State (1998-2005) and his alma mater, Appalachian State (1994).
Settle, 47, played running back for the Atlanta Falcons (1987-90) and the Washington Redskins (1991-92). Settle, who made the Pro Bowl in 1988, replaces Gary Brown, a former NFL running back who coached the Browns’ running backs for the past four seasons.
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