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Browns bring on Musgrave as a senior offensive adviser


Cleveland Browns Coach Kevin Stefanski continued to overhaul his coaching staff Monday following a 7-10 season, hiring Bill Musgrave as a senior offensive adviser and making several other changes.

Stefanski’s offseason previously included firing defensive coordinato­r Joe Woods and special teams coordinato­r Mike Priefer. They were replaced by Jim Schwartz and Ray “Bubba” Ventrone.

As the Browns got ready for this week’s combine in Indianapol­is, Stefanski made more tweaks, with Musgrave’s addition the most notable move.

On defense, Stefanski hired Ephraim Banda to coach the team’s safeties.

Kevin Rogers, a senior offensive assistant since 2020 with Stefanski, was moved into a senior assistant/special projects role.

Ashton Grant, an offensive quality control coach last season, is now an offensive assistant/ quarterbac­ks coach.

Callie Brownson, who was hired by Stefanski as his chief of staff three years ago, is now a full-time assistant wide receivers coach.

Former running game coordinato­r Ben Bloom is the team’s new defensive line coach, replacing Chris Kiffin.

Brandon Lunch, who worked previously as an assistant defensive backs coach, will coach Cleveland’s cornerback­s.

Riley Hecklinski is now a coordinato­r of coaching logistics.

CHARGERS: Los Angeles promoted Derrick Ansley to defensive coordinato­r.

Ansley was the secondary coach on Brandon Staley’s staff the past two seasons. He takes over for Renaldo Hill, who left to join Miami’s staff as pass-game coordinato­r.

Staley is expected to remain the defensive play caller.

The Chargers also announced the additions of quarterbac­ks coach Doug Nussmeier, linebacker­s coach Jeff Howard and defensive quality control assistant Robert Muschamp.

Ansley has experience as a defensive coordinato­r. He spent two seasons (2019-20) leading the University of Tennessee’s defense before joining the Chargers.

• PANTHERS: Carolina added to its front office, hiring Adrian Wilson as vice president of player personnel.

Wilson spent the past eight seasons with the Arizona Cardinals’ scouting department, including the past two as vice president of player personnel. He was promoted to co-interim general manager of the Cardinals near the end of last season.

Wilson played 12 seasons with the Cardinals and made five Pro Bowl teams before retiring after the 2012 season. He played in college at North Carolina State.

• FALCONS: Atlanta announced changes to Coach Arthur Smith’s staff, further restructur­ing his assistants after a fifth straight losing season.

Most notably, Steve Jackson will take over as secondary coach, while Dave Huxtable was hired as a senior defensive assistant after spending 40 years at the collegiate level.

Jackson and Huxtable will work under new defensive coordinato­r Ryan Nielsen, who was hired away from the rival New Orleans Saints last month after the retirement of Dean Pees.

Three assistants were not retained by Smith after a 7-10 season: secondary coach Jon Hoke, defensive line coach Gary Emanuel and outside linebacker­s coach Ted Monachino.

Hoke will be replaced by Jackson, who was on staff as a senior offensive assistant last season. He spent 19 seasons as a secondary coach before joining the Falcons.

In other changes, the Falcons announced Nick Perry as assistant wide receivers coach, Shawn Flaherty as assistant offensive line coach, Lanier Goethie as defensive front specialist, Patrick Kramer as offensive assistant, Steven King as offensive assistant, Mario Jeberaeel as special projects assistant for defense, Matt Baker as special teams assistant, Michael Gray as football analyst and Mateo Kambui as a diversity coaching hire working with the offensive line.

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