The Cleveland Browns continue to try and revamp their coaching staff ahead of what could be a make-or-break season for the organization.
This will be Deshaun Watson’s first full season under center, and the AFC North is expected to be one of the toughest divisions in football again.
With Joe Burrow and Lamar Jackson in their backyard — not to mention the always-savvy Mike Tomlin — there will be little-to-no margin for error in Cleveland, so they need to have the best decision-makers available.
With that in mind, the team is reportedly closing in on hiring former Indianapolis Colts special teams coordinator Raymond ‘Bubba’ Ventrone to serve in the same capacity in Cleveland.
While the hire hasn’t officially happened yet, Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot affirmed it’s bound to happen after a ‘great’ interview on Wednesday afternoon.
#Browns haven’t hired #Colts Bubba Ventrone as special teams coordinator yet, source tells me. But it could happen as early as Thursday morning
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) February 23, 2023
Notably, this would be a bit of a homecoming for Ventrone, who spent four seasons with the Browns as a player, even serving as special teams captain in two of those seasons, and fans would welcome him back with open arms:
— Dawg House (@Dawg_Poun) February 23, 2023
— Jeff Piva (@JeffPiva) February 23, 2023
Gotta get this one in the house. He is thee definition of DAWG!
— charlie dix @charliedix5 (@iPhone29736531) February 23, 2023
When did Ray become “Bubba?”
— Matt Marcus (@Hummhed) February 23, 2023
He later pursued a career in coaching and became one of the quickest risers within the Indianapolis Colts’ organization, even getting a chance to interview for their head coach job before they hired Shane Steichen.
The 40-year-old entered the NFL out of Villanova as an undrafted free agent back in 2005, playing for the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers as well, and he’s been around the league as a coach for the past 18 years, being one of the youngest veterans in that regard.NEXT: Fans React To Photos Of Aaron Rodgers' Darkness Retreat