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By PFW staff

The Browns announced Monday that they have completed new head coach Pat Shurmur's coaching staff, with seven assistants from Eric Mangini's 2010 staff staying on and and five new assistants joining the fold.

The assistants retained are Gary Brown (running backs), Steve Hagen (tight ends), Jerome Henderson (defensive backs), Kent Johnston (strength and conditioning), Rick Lyle (assistant strength and conditioning), Luke Steckel (assistant to the head coach) and George Warhop (offensive line).

Among the new assistants are Ray Rhodes, who was the Texans' senior defensive assistant last season, and Keith Gilbertson, who was the Browns' director of pro personnel in 2010. The other new assistants are Chris Beake (offensive assistant), Chuck Bullough (defensive assistant) and Shawn Mennenga (special-teams assistant).

As expected, Shurmur, who will call plays, will not have an offensive coordinator.

"With our coaching staff now complete, I am excited about the group that we have been able to assemble," Shurmur said in a statement issued by the club. "I believe we have a blend of coaches with a tremendous amount of experience who have proven to be excellent teachers throughout the course of their careers. I have known most of these guys for a considerable amount of time, and not only have I been impressed with their work, but they are all greatly respected around the league. Many of our coaches have been a part of winning programs, which is an important element as well. I feel very good about the strengths that each coach possesses, and I am confident this will benefit our team."

The way we see it

Rhodes and Gilbertson were both assistants under Browns team president Mike Holmgren when Holmgren coached the Seahawks, and both bring considerable experience to a coaching staff led by Shurmur, who is making his debut as an NFL head coach.

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