The Cleveland Browns have added another piece to the special teams coaching staff after the parting of ways between themselves and former special teams coach Chris Tabor. When Tabor went so did his assistants. Recently, the Browns recruited Amos Jones to be their special teams coach and now Sam Shade comes in to be his assistant.
Yes, you read correctly; Sam Shade. No, he’s not come all the way from a cheesy American cop show where he always gets the bad guy and looks cool doing it, but rather comes from an 8-year playing career in the NFL as a safety followed by a coaching career consisting, so far, of high school and college positions.
After playing his college football at Alabama, Shade was drafted in the 4th round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played for 4-years before moving on to the Washington Redskins in 1999. To his credit, he was the Bengals top tackler in 1997 and then again for the Redskins in 1999 whilst playing at the Safety position.
He started out as a volunteer coach at the high school level at Briar Wood Christian School in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, before moving on to the collegiate level with Samford and then Georgia State. It was during his time at Samford that he got his experience as a special teams coach before becoming cornerbacks coach at Georgia State.
In total, Sam Shade has (at the time of writing this) 13-years experience as a coach, and at the age of 44, still has plenty of years ahead of him in that capacity. I’m still unsure about the hiring of Amos Jones as special teams coach after his less than impressive showing at the Cardinals in the same role. Maybe Sam Shade is still young enough and hungry enough to take on the head special teams role should Jones continue to underwhelm as he did in Arizona.
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