NFL veteran Lynn is new Browns running back coach

Updated: January 27, 2007, 7:37 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel continued the makeover of his staff Saturday, as he hired one new assistant, promoted another and reassigned a third.

Six-year veteran NFL assistant Anthony Lynn, a onetime player in the league, was hired as the new running backs coach after spending the past two seasons working with the Dallas Cowboys in the same capacity. Cleveland will be Lynn's fourth stop in the league, as he began his coaching career with Denver in 2000, then moved to Jacksonville in 2003 before joining Bill Parcells' staff in Dallas in 2005.

Lynn, 38, is highly respected around the league and has enjoyed a solid rapport with his charges in the past, in part because of his experience as a player. A career backup, Lynn spent six years in uniform, with Denver (1993, 1997-99) and San Francisco (1995-96).

With the addition of Lynn, former running backs coach Dave Atkins was reassigned to the role of senior offensive assistant.

Atkins, 57, is a 20-year NFL veteran and has been with the Browns since 2005. He worked with five league teams before joining Crennel's staff and played briefly in the NFL as a running back. There had been speculation early in the offseason that Atkins might not return to Cleveland for the 2007 season.

Crennel promoted quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer to assistant head coach. Scherer, 54, will also retain his duties as quarterbacks coach, a role he held the past two seasons.

Scherer has an extensive college background and recently interviewed for the job as Cleveland's offensive coordinator, a position that eventually went to San Diego Chargers tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski.

Although not yet official, the Browns are expected to hire former Houston Texans assistant Steve Marshall as offensive line coach. Marshall was out of football in 2005 but recently joined Nick Saban's staff at the University of Alabama. It appears, though, that his tenure with the Crimson Tide will be a brief one.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.