Cleveland - The Cleveland Browns filled out the coaching staff for first year head coach Rob Chudzinski.
Chris DiSanto (assistant strength and conditioning), Ken Flajole (inside linebackers), Steve Gera (special assistant to the head coach), Derik Keyes (assistant strength and conditioning) and John Settle (running backs) to the 2013 coaching staff.
"The additions of Ken and John, as well as Chris, Derik and Steve, round out what I believe is an extremely strong group of coaches with diverse backgrounds, covering many years of experience at both the NFL and collegiate levels," said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. "They are all outstanding teachers and leaders who will bring out the best in our players.
"Ken is a highly regarded coach with an extensive résumé in the NFL. He has achieved success as a position coach and coordinator in the league. Like other members of our defensive staff, he has experience working in several different schemes, an attribute which will be valuable as we develop the Browns' defense. I have been with John the last two years in Carolina, and know first-hand the type of coach that he is. His players have always been productive and respond well to his teaching methods."
DiSanto spent the 2012 season in the same capacity at the University of California. Prior to his time with the Golden Bears, DiSanto served four seasons (2008-11) as assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Oakland Raiders. He is a graduate of West Chester (Pa.) University in 2000,
Flajole brings 36 years of coaching experience to Cleveland, including the 2012 season as the secondary coach of the New Orleans Saints. Prior to joining the Saints, Flajole spent three seasons (2009-11) as defensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams. Before joining the Rams, he spent six seasons (2003-08) as the Carolina Panthers' linebackers coach. Prior to his stint with the Panthers, Flajole coached four seasons (1999-2002) with the Seattle Seahawks.
Gera spent the last six years (2007-12) as an offensive assistant coach with the San Diego Chargers where he assisted the coaching staff with scouting and film breakdown. Prior to his time in San Diego, Gera served four years in the United States Marine Corps, including two tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a decorated Captain in the Marines, Gera earned eight medals during his military career. Gera graduated from the University of Missouri in 2000 with a degree in English and an MBA from the sports business program at San Diego State University in 2007.
Keyes coached the 2012 season in the same capacity with the Houston Texans. During his time with the Texans, he assisted in the supervision of weight training and focused on the speed and agility development of players on injured reserve. Prior to joining the Texans, Keyes was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater, the University of Louisiana–Lafayette,
Settle spent the past two seasons (2011-12) in the same capacity with the Carolina Panthers. This is his second stint with the Browns, as he spent the 1995 season as an offensive assistant/special teams quality control coach. In Settle's first season with the Panthers, the team made NFL history as they became the first club to feature three 700-yard rushers. DeAngelo Williams (836), Jonathan Stewart (761) and Cam Newton.