CLEVELAND, Ohio (WCMH) — The Cleveland Browns have made another move to shake up the coaching staff by firing special teams coordinator Mike Priefer Tuesday morning.
Despite finishing in the middle of the pack or above in most special teams categories, namely return yard averages, kick and punt coverage and punting average, Priefer’s unit struggled in situational special teams areas.
Rookie kicker Cade York finished with the third lowest in field goal percentage (24-of-32) and the team failed to recover an onside kick in Week 2 against the New York Jets, which stunned the Browns with a come-from-behind win.
The Browns, who finished 7-10 last season, have requested to interview Indianapolis Colts special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone and New York Giants assistant special teams coordinator Anthony Blevins.
In addition to Priefer, who also served as the Browns’ interim head coach in 2021, the team previously fired defensive coordinator Joe Woods. As well, quarterbacks coach Drew Petzing was hired as Arizona’s offensive coordinator, defensive line coach Chris Kiffin is now in Houston and defensive backs coach Jeff Howard is now the linebackers coach for the Los Angeles Chargers.