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Browns hire Callie Brownson, former Buffalo Bills intern, as Kevin Stefanski's chief of staff

Stefanski wants to develop her into a head coach
Posted: 2:25 PM, Jan 31, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-31 15:00:04-05
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BEREA, Ohio — Callie Brownson, a former intern for the Buffalo Bills, has been hired by the Browns as the chief of staff for the team's new head coach.

Brownson will work alongside head coach Kevin Stefanski in a similar role to the one Stefanki held when he worked under Brad Childress in 2006 with the Minnesota Vikings, according to the Browns.

A Browns representative confirmed because the chief of staff role includes aspects of coaching, she would be the first female coach for the Browns.

"I’m excited because Coach Stefanski is one of these up-and-coming coaches who has a lot of great ideas. He’s a progressive coach and he loves the game of football. He understands that football is ever-evolving, which is cool to be a part of on a staff like this,” Brownson said, according to the Browns. “We talked through it and he had this very specific vision for how he wanted this role to work out and how involved he wanted it to be, and to me it sounded like a phenomenal opportunity and I was very impressed with him and impressed with everyone in this building and I’m excited to be here.”

According to the Browns, Brownson played for the Women's Football Alliance D.C. Divas from 2010 to 2017 as a safety, running back and slot receiver. From 2015 to 2017 she also served as an assistant coach for Mount Vernon High School. In 2017, she joined the New York Jets as a personnel scouting intern and then in 2018 went on to be a coaching intern and offensive quality control coach at Dartmouth College, where she was the first full-time female coach in Division I history. From there, Brownson became a Buffalo Bills coaching intern.

According to the Browns, the experience Stefanski received while working under Childress was invaluable to jump-starting his career. Stefanski said the role was "very involved in every aspect of a football operation."

“Callie is uniquely situated where she can go interact with football ops or PR or the locker room or the equipment room. She's really the liaison to the rest of the building for me. I'm going to lean on her heavily and already have," Stefanski said, according to the Browns. “I think she's a go-getter. She's self-motivated. She's going to put all of her energy into this gig. What's exciting for me is ultimately I want to develop young coaches. She's someone that has worked on the offensive side of the ball, worked on special teams, has a great knowledge of the game and I want to let her expand that knowledge and develop her as a head coach.”

Brownson's position with the Bills had her working with the team as they progressed through the playoffs.

“I could get my hands as dirty as I wanted to,” Brownson said. “I was involved in the offensive side of the ball, the defensive side of the ball and I got to do a lot with the special teams. For me, not just someone who was trying to grow my resume, but grow your inner portfolio of things that I can do, that’s really what matters at the end of the day when you join a staff. What are you bringing to the table? How can you make us better as a staff which ultimately makes us better as a team?”

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BROWNS 2019 SEASON RESULTS

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Thu 08/08 · Browns 30, Redskins 10 (1-0)

WEEK 2 · Sat 08/17 · Browns 21, Colts 18 (2-0)

WEEK 3 · Fri 08/23 · Buccaneers 13, Browns 12 (2-1)

WEEK 4 · Thu 08/29 · Browns 20, Lions 16 (3-1)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 09/08 · Titans 43, Browns 13 (0-1)

WEEK 2 · Mon 09/16 · Browns 23, Jets 3 (1-1)

WEEK 3 · Sun 09/22 · Rams 20, Browns 13 (1-2)

WEEK 4 · Sun 09/29 · Browns 40, Ravens 25 (2-2)

WEEK 5 · Mon 10/07 · 49ers 31, Browns 3 (2-3)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/13 · Seahawks 32, Browns 28 (2-4)

WEEK 7 Bye

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/27 · Patriots 27, Browns 13 (2-5)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/03 · Broncos 24, Browns 19 (2-6)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/10 · Browns 19, Bills 16 (3-6)

WEEK 11 · Thu 11/14 · Browns 21, Steelers 7 (4-6)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/24 · Browns 41, Dolphins 24 (5-6)

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/01 · Steelers 20, Browns 13 (5-7)

WEEK 14 · Sun 12/08 · Browns 27, Bengals 19 (6-7)

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/15 · Cardinals 38, Browns 24 (6-8)

WEEK 16 · Sun 12/22 · Ravens 31, Browns 15 (6-9)

WEEK 17 · Sun 12/29 · Bengals 33, Browns 23 (6-10)