Cleveland, OH (92.3 THE FAN) – Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reported on Saturday afternoon that the Cleveland Browns have hired 29 year old Kevin O’Connell as their next quarterbacks coach.
O’Connell was an NFL journeyman from 2008 to 20012, playing with 6 teams, including two stops with the Jets in New York. He was drafted with the 94th overall pick by the New England Patriots in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL draft out of San Diego State. At SDSU, he was a four-year captain, starting 21 games. He ranked first in school histroy in career rushing yards and second in career rushing touchdowns among quarterbacks.
O’Connell was last in the league with the San Diego Chargers during training camp in 2012. H ewas released on August 12th, 2012.
Marvez also reports that Kurt Roper will join the Browns as a senior offensive assistant. Roper served as the QBS coach with the Florida Gators this past season under Will Muschamp. Previously, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with David Cutcliffe at Duke from 2008 to 2013. Roper also worked with new Browns wide receivers coach Joker Phillips in 2005 while at Kentucky.
O’Connell joins new Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo for the 2015 season. DeFilippo said in his introductory press conference he wasn’t sure if the quarterback for the 2015 season was on the current roster.