February 26, 2024

What You Need to Know About the Browns New O-Line Coach, Andy Dickerson

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After Bill Callahan was given permission by the Cleveland Browns to join his son Brian Callahan in Tennessee. This was right after Brian was hired as the new Head Coach of the Tennessee Titans. The Cleveland Browns hired Andy Dickerson as their new offensive line coach. Dickerson did interview with the Browns last month for the then-vacant offensive coordinator position. Ken Dorsey was hired as offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns. The question most Browns fans have is what does Andy Dickerson bring to the team?

He brings over twenty years of NFL coaching experience. He started in 2003 as a training camp intern with the Washington Redskins (now Commanders). He was an assistant offensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns in 2010. He did coach for the St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams as an assistant offensive line coach from 2012 to 2020. He helped the Rams reach the Super Bowl in 2018. In 2021 he was the run game coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks. Then he was promoted to offensive line coach under Pete Carroll for the Seattle Seahawks from 2022-2023. That now brings him to the Cleveland Browns.

If you log onto Twitter X you will see a lot of hand-wringing from Browns fans. Many fans dislike change unless it is obviously necessary like last year when the Browns fired defensive coordinator Joe Woods and special teams coordinator Mike Pfeifer. They were replaced by Jim Schwartz and Ray “Bubba” Ventrone respectively. Dickerson is the 5th new assistant hired by the Browns this offseason. He joins Duce Staley running backs coach, Tommy Rees pass game specialist/ tight ends coach, Jacques Cesaire defensive line coach, and Ken Dorsey offensive coordinator. What the loudest of the loud fans don’t understand is that change, and turnover is a part of life in the NFL.

The NFL stands for Not For Long, change and turnover on both rosters and coaching staffs are common. Every year on average a third of the league’s head coaches are replaced. That includes the staff and much of the team’s players on rosters. Even playoff teams make changes to try and improve their team. The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens both changed offensive coordinators last off-season. And the Chiefs just won the Super Bowl. The Ravens did make the playoffs last season, but they lost in the wildcard round to the Cincinnati Bengals. Elite NFL teams work to get better every off-season. The Browns know they have a playoff-caliber roster. They want the team to be a Super Bowl-caliber team. Otherwise, it will be Not For Long for more changes with the Browns.

UPDATE: Eagles assistant offensive line coach Roy Istvan is joining new Browns OL coach Andy Dickerson in Cleveland.

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