Browns zeroing in on Bubba Ventrone to replace Mike Priefer

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The Cleveland Browns moved on from Mike Priefer and now have their sights set on Bubba Ventrone

In a move that has been widely praised among the fan base, the Cleveland Browns decided to move on from Mike Priefer earlier this week, saying goodbye to the special team's coach who had been in Berea since 2019.

Priefer had plenty of success in the NFL during his time with the Minnesota Vikings and was even the head coach for Cleveland's lone playoff win under Kevin Stefanski. This came in the 2020 campaign as Stefanski had to stay home due to testing positive for COVID.

However, the special teams play has been suspect over the past few seasons and it finally ended with the two sides parting ways. Now, Cleveland is zeroing in on the man they want to take over those duties — Raymond "Bubba" Ventrone.

Cleveland fans might remember Ventrone, who played for the Browns from 2009 through 2012. An undrafted free agent out of Villanova in 2017, the defensive back started his career with New England and then finished with two seasons in San Francisco.

During his time with the Browns, he had 43 tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recover.

His coaching career also started with the Patriots as Ventrone became an assistant special teams coach in 2015. In 2018, he took the role of special teams coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts and has been there ever since.

At just 40-years-old, Ventrone is a young coach who is already well-respected around the league. Should he land in Cleveland, he will be tasked with helping Cade York become a consistent threat while also aiming to fix their issues both in the return game and on coverage.