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Browns to hire Jimmy Raye and George DeLeone per Alex Marvez


July 27, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan (left) and Senior Offensive Assistant Jimmy Raye talk during training camp at One Buc Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

According to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, the Cleveland Browns and Mike Pettine are set to hire two more assistant coaches to the staff.  The first is Jimmy Rayewho most recently served as the Senior Offensive Assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the second was George DeLeone, who was most recently the Associate Head Coach of the Connecticut Huskies.

Raye has been coaching since 1971 after retiring as a player.  He played quarterback for the Michigan State Spartans from 1965 to 1967 before moving to cornerback in the NFL for two seasons; one with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the then Los Angeles Rams.

After finishing his playing career, Raye spent 5 years as a coach in East Lansing as an assistant coach before spending a year in Laramie at Wyoming.

In the NFL, Raye has served in the following roles:

  • 1977 – San Francisco 49erswide receivers coach
  • 1978-1979 – Detroit Lionsrunning backs coach
  • 1980-1982 – Atlanta Falcons – wide receivers coach
  • 1983-1984 – Los Angeles Rams – offensive coordinator
  • 1985-1986 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – offensive coordinator
  • 1987-1989 – Atlanta Falcons – wide receivers coach
  • 1990 – New England Patriots – offensive coordinator
  • 1991 – Los Angeles Rams – passing coordinator 
  • 1992 – Kansas City Chiefs – offensive assistant
  • 1993-1997 – Kansas City Chiefs – running backs coach
  • 1998-2000 – Kansas City Chiefs – offensive coordinator
  • 2001 – Washington Redskins – offensive coordinator
  • 2002-2003 – New York Jets – senior offensive assistant
  • 2004-2005 – Oakland Raiders – offensive coordinator
  • 2006-2008 – New York Jets – running backs coach
  • 2009-2010 – San Francisco 49ers – offensive coordinator
  • 2012-2013 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, senior offensive assistant

The assumption is he will lend his immense amount of experience to newly hired offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.  Along with Jeff Hafley and Brian Angelichio, Raye is the third coach from Greg Schiano’s staff in Tampa last season.

Meanwhile, DeLeone is being hired as an assistant offensive line coach after spending his entire in the collegiate ranks, save two stints season in the NFL.  For three seasons, from 2008-2010, DeLeone served as the Miami Dolphins tight ends coach and 1997, he served as the San Diego Chargers offensive line coach.

Outside of that, he has not only spent his entire career in college but in one small area of the country.  He started his career as the offensive line coach at Southern Connecticut for six seasons starting in 1970 before taking over as head coach for another five.  DeLeone then went to Rutgers where he coached on the defensive side of the ball, first as a defensive line coach before two seasons as the defensive coordinator.

DeLeone then went to Holy Cross where he again on the offensive side of the ball, serving as offensive coordinator in 1984.  He then went back to Syracuse where he was the the offensive line coach for two years before serving as the Orange’s offensive coordinator for a decade.  After 1997 in San Diego, he went back to Syracuse to be the defensive coordinator for a year before going back to offensive coordinator for two more seasons and then serving as assistant head coach for four seasons.

After an out of character move to coach the Ole Miss offensive line for a year in 2005, then served as Temple’s offensive coordinator for two seasons.  After his stint with the Dolphins, he has spent the last three seasons in Storrs, Connecticut as the offensive coordinator and then the associate head coach.

DeLeone and his substantial amount of experience are back in the NFL as the assistant offensive line coach.  He is about to turn 68 years old and along with Raye, become the most senior coaches on Pettine’s staff.  If they make these two hires, the Browns add about 90 years of combined coaching experience.