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Browns fire 5 more assistant coaches, including 4 on defense

1/11/2017 6:16:21 AM
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New Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams suddenly has four vacancies on his staff that he can fill, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The Browns announced Tuesday that they've fired five assistant coaches, including four on defense. The shakeup on defense was expected after the Browns fired Ray Horton on Sunday and replaced him with the former Rams' defensive coordinator.

Associate head coach/offense Pep Hamilton left Monday to take over as assistant head coach/passing game coordinator at Michigan.

On Tuesday, the Browns let go Louie Cioffi (defensive backs), Johnny Holland (inside linebackers), Hal Hunter (offensive line), Cannon Matthews (assistant defensive backs) and Ryan Slowik (outside linebackers).

More firings are unlikely, meaning running back coordinator Kirby Wilson, special teams coordinator Chris Tabor and senior offensive assistant Al Saunders are expected to stay. Defensive line coach Robert Nunn was also spared.

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