Browns hire Todd Monken, Steve Wilks as offensive, defensive coordinators

New head coach Freddie Kitchens fills out his coaching staff

Daryl Ruiter
January 13, 2019 - 8:55 pm
Steve Wolks (L) and Todd Monken (R) are set to join the Cleveland Browns as defensive and offensive coordinators.

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Cleveland OH (92.3 The Fan) – New Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens wasted little time filling his coordinator vacancies and other staff openings over the weekend.

Kitchens and the Browns hired Todd Monken his offensive coordinator and Steve Wilks defensive coordinator Monday.

In addition to Monken and Wilks, the Browns announced numerous other hires, including the addition of long-time Packers assistant James Campen as associate head coach/offensive line coach.

Monken comes to Cleveland after spending the last 3 years with Tampa Bay their as offensive coordinator where he helped the Buccaneers finish in the top 4 in passing yards per game twice. This past season the Buccaneers led the league in passing yards per game (320.3) and finished third in total yards per game (415.5). 

Although Wilks was 3-13 in his first and only year as head coach with Arizona in 2018, he established himself in Carolina as their defensive coordinator in 2017 and a defensive backs coach prior to that. He runs a 4-3 base defense.

Campen spent the last 15 years with the Packers where he coached 6 Pro Bowl linemen since 2010. This past season he had the title of run game coordinator in Green Bay.

Former Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer announced Friday he would join Kitchens’ staff in Cleveland and his hiring was also made official Monday.

Ryan Lindley, hired by Kitchens to replace him as running backs coach when he was promoted to offensive coordinator, will now coach quarterbacks this year.

Kitchens’ staff looks like this so far:

Offensive coordinator: Todd Monken

Defensive coordinator: Steve Wilks

Special teams coordinator: Mike Priefer

Associate head coach/offensive line coach: James Campen

Running backs/run game coordinator: Stump Mitchell

Quarterbacks coach: Ryan Lindley

Special assistant to the head coach: Jody Wright

Offensive quality control coaches: Jim Dray and Tyler Tettleton

Quality control/offense: Tyler Tettleton

Kitchens will be introduced Monday at noon during a press conference to be held at FirstEnergy Stadium.