(BEREA, Ohio) — Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine introduced his new top assistants to the media on Thursday, welcoming Kyle Shanahan as the offensive coordinator and Jim O’Neil as the defensive coordinator.
“This is my first time getting a chance to work for a defensive coach, and I am kind of excited with that,” Shanahan said. “I’ve always been with an offensive guy and to be on a good defensive staff. I think defense is one of the most important things in winning games and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Shanahan has been an offensive coordinator for the past six years, serving with the Redskins the last four. In 2012, Washington became the first club in league history to pass for 3,400 yards and rush for 2,700 in the same season.
O’Neil worked with Pettine for the last five years with the Bills and Jets. He served as the linebackers coach in Buffalo in 2013 and was the defensive backs coach with New York before that.
Cleveland owns the fourth overall pick in May’s NFL draft.
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