There have been reports that the Cleveland Browns have signed former Vikings wide receivers coach Drew Petzing to coach the team's tight ends. Here's a look at Petzing's career in football.
The Cleveland Browns have reportedly hired former Vikings wide receiver coach Drew Petzing, according to Mary Kay Cabot.
Drew Petzing was the Vikings wide receivers coach this season for the Vikings, as he was promoted from assistant quarterbacks coach the season before.
From 2016-2017, Petzing served as the team's assistant wide receivers coach. A very inexperienced coach, he seemed to have some fans within the Vikings organization, as he has been a member of the team since 2014.
Prior to Minnesota, he spent some time with the Browns as a Football Operations intern, and before that he was the outside linebackers coach for Yale and a graduate assistant at Boston College.
Petzing played college football at Middlebury College, a highly prestigious division three university, as a defensive back before his career was cut short due to injury. Middlebury College is one of the prestigious universities that has been referred to as a "little ivy". While in college, Petzing also played with NFL kicker Stephen Hauschka.
Middlebury College head coach Bob Ritter spoke very highly of him, even allowing him to become a paid assistant coach for his staff while he was still in undergraduate school at Middlebury. After reading an interview with Ritter in The Middlebury Campus, it seems apparent that Petzing has a true love for football and a great knowledge of the game.
A young coach, as he is only 32 years old, Petzing has almost his entire career still ahead of him. Despite this being his first time being a position coach outside of Minnesota, the Browns are not the first organization to try to hire him away. According to Adam Caplan, the Colts and Panthers have both previously thought about hiring him.
His time in Cleveland will be a new learning experience for him, as he has never coached tight ends before.
However, with an academic background as prestigious as his, along with his love for football, he should be a valuable asset for the Cleveland Browns' coaching staff long-term.