The Cleveland Browns are almost finished putting together Mike Pettine's 2015 coaching staff, but there are still a few key coaching positions that need to be filled.
The Browns still need a wide receivers coach after Mike McDaniel's departure, and they've reportedly zeroed in on former Kentucky Wildcats HC Joker Phillips (per Scout.com's Lane Adkins).
Phillips was a standout WR at Kentucky, and played two seasons in the NFL and one in the CFL before embarking on a coaching career. While most of his experience since he started in 1988 comes as wide receivers coach at Kentucky, he's also coached for Notre Dame, Cincinnati, South Carolina, Minnesota, and most recently the University of Florida. As head coach of the Wildcats from 2010-2012, Phillips compiled a 13-24 record.
Phillips resigned from his job with UF after the NCAA was sent a picture of Phillips sitting with a high school recruit during a mandated non-contact period. He had been considered one of the program's best recruiters in his short time with the Gators.
If Phillips is hired, the Browns will need just a quarterbacks coach to fill out the major positions on Pettine's staff. With big upcoming QB decisions to make involving the future of former starter Brian Hoyer (who wants to be re-signed) and 2014 first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel, it makes sense for the Browns to wait until that situation clears up a little to throw a new QB coach into the mix.
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