Browns reportedly hire Todd Monken as OC, Steve Wilks as DC

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The Browns hired former Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks as their new defensive coordinator and former <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/tampa-bay/" data-ylk="slk:Buccaneers">Buccaneers</a> offensive coordinator Todd Monken as their new offensive coordinator on Sunday. (AP/John Amis)
The Browns hired former Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks as their new defensive coordinator and former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken as their new offensive coordinator on Sunday. (AP/John Amis)

Freddie Kitchens didn’t waste any time hiring his two coordinators in Cleveland.

The newly hired Cleveland Browns head coach enlisted former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken for the same position on Sunday, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He also hired former Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks as his defensive coordinator.

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The Browns are expected to make the hires official on Monday, ahead of Kitchens’ introductory press conference.

Wilks was fired in December after just one season as the Cardinals head coach, where he led them to a 3-13 record — tied for the franchise’s worst in Arizona. Prior to his time in Arizona, Wilks spent six seasons with the Carolina Panthers as their defensive backs and assistant head coach. He was named their defensive coordinator in 2017 before taking the job in Arizona. The 49-year-old has also spent three seasons as the defensive backs coach with both the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers.

Monken has spent the previous three seasons as the Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator. This season, he helped create the league’s top passing attack with 320.3 yards through the air per game. Their running game, though, was ranked 29th. He previously worked in the league as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ wide receivers coach from 2007-2010.

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