Former Cleveland Browns special teams coach Mike Priefer
The Cleveland Browns were the last team in the NFL to decide upon their head coach. As such, they are the last team to fill their coaching staff. Which means the LA Rams must act quickly, as the Browns are already showing signs of retaining Priefer as their special teams coach. This is just hours after the Browns have decided to hire Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as their new head coach.
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Priefer is a veteran special teams coach, and is very good at what he does. Hired by the Browns in January 2019, he has kept the special teams play special, despite the disappointment of the team overall.
Since he joined the NFL in 2002, Priefer has coached punter Chris Hanson, kicker Blair Walsh, returner Cordarrelle Patterson, and special teams David Tyree to the Pro Bowl. It was during Priefer’s time with the Minnesota Vikings that they scored 14 touchdowns on special teams, even blocking two punts and running the ball back for touchdowns in the same game.
Priefer does not fit the youth movement currently underway at the LA Rams, but he is a special teams savant. If the LA Rams have any interest, they need to interview Priefer quickly. He won’t be available for long.