CLEVELAND — While most of the Browns coaching staff is returning for the 2021 season, the team announced a new addition with Jonathan Decoster being named the team’s new offensive quality control coach.
Decoster, although just 33, has a rich football background.
A star tackle at the University of Louisiana from 2007-10, Decoster decided he had to get back into football while working in IT following his college career. After making that realization, Decoster took an entry-level position as a graduate assistant at the University of Nevada.
Over the course of eight years, Decoster worked his way up the ranks, his last stop being the tight ends coach at Old Dominion, and he’s now set to take his first NFL coaching opportunity with the Browns.
The offensive quality control coaching role was previously held by Seitu Smith, who left to become the running backs coach at Yale University, leaving the position open for Decoster to fill.
Although he’s new to Cleveland, Decoster already has some connections with the Browns, having coached at LSU as a graduate assistant from 2017-19 with linebacker Jacob Phillips, cornerback Greedy Williams and safety Grant Delpit on the roster.
Decoster also worked with guard Joel Bitonio in his first two years at Nevada, who he will once again work with as he prepares the offense for game day each week.
“I'm very excited and very fortunate,” Decoster said. “This is a unique opportunity to join an NFL organization, but especially the Browns and what they're doing over here. They're building something special. Getting to work with some pretty famous offensive minds in coach Stefanski and (offensive line) coach (Bill) Callahan as well, it's an opportunity I couldn't pass up.”
Over his eight year coaching career, Decoster has been a graduate assistant offensive line coach at the University of Nevada, an offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at West Virginia State University, a graduate assistant tight ends coach at LSU, a tight ends coach at Old Dominion University—and now the offensive quality control coach for the Cleveland Browns.