Browns hire Sam Shade as assistant special teams coach
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns continue to reshape the coaching staff with the addition of Sam Shade as assistant special teams coach.
The Cleveland Browns made another addition to the coaching staff on Wednesday with the hiring of Sam Shade as an assistant special teams coach.
The team announced the move on its website.
Shade, a former NFL player, has coached at the college level since 2009 when he took over as the secondary coach at Samford. In addition to coaching defensive backs he was also the Bulldogs special teams coach for two years and the defensive pass game coordinator for the 2014 season.
According to Shade’s bio on the Georgia State website, Samford’s defense was ranked either first or second in the Southern Conference from 2012 through 2015, and led the nation in passing yards allowed in 2014.
He departed for Georgia State after the 2016 season and spent a year coaching the cornerbacks for the Panthers.
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Shade will see a familiar face in Cleveland in special teams coordinator Amos Jones, who was recently hired to replace the departed Chris Tabor. Jones was an assistant coach with the Alabama Crimson Tide in 1991, Shade’s freshman year with Alabama.
A member of the Crimson Tide’s national championship team in 1992 and a team captain in 1994, Shade was a fourth-round draft selection by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1995 NFL Draft. He was with the Bengals through the 1998 season before joining the Washington Redskins, where he played until retiring after the 2002 season.
During his NFL career he played under defensive coordinator’s Dick LeBeau, Mike Nolan, Ray Rhodes and Marvin Lewis.
Since the end of the regular season, when the Browns posted just the second 0-16 season in NFL history, head coach Hue Jackson has overhauled a large portion of his coaching staff.
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In addition to Shade and Jones, Jackson has hired Todd Haley as offensive coordinator, Freddie Kitchens for the role of running backs/associate head coach, Adam Henry as wide receivers coach and Ken Zampese as quarterbacks coach.