The Chargers have made their second hire of the offseason as they’ve reportedly hired former Browns defensive backs coach Jeff Howard to coach inside linebackers. The news was first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Howard got his start in the NFL as a defensive assistant with the Vikings from 2013-2019. He was then hired away by the Browns after former Minnesota offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski took the head coaching job in Cleveland prior to the 2020 season.
From 2020-2022, Howard coached defensive backs and passing game coordinator.
The #Chargers are hiring Jeff Howard as their inside linebackers coach, per source. Howard was previously passing game coordinator/DBs coach with the #Browns, who ranked top-five in pass defense the past two seasons.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 10, 2023
As Pelissero mentions in the above tweet, Howard led a group that helped play a key role in making the Browns a top-five pass defense over the past two seasons.
Now, he’ll get a chance to work with former first-round pick Kenneth Murray Jr. and potentially Drue Tranquill should the Chargers decide to bring him back for another contract after his breakout season in 2022.