Coaches

Kippy Brown
Wide Receivers
College:
Memphis State
Experience:
19

Joined Pete Carroll’s staff as wide receivers coach on February 4, 2010, joining his seventh NFL team in a coaching career that dates to 1978, including 14 years in the collegiate ranks.

He joined Seattle after spending one month at the University of Tennessee in 2009-10 as its wide receivers/passing game coordinator for the Chick-fil-A Bowl, then serving as its interim head coach after the departure of Lane Kiffin.

Brown’s first two seasons have seen unexpected contributions from his group, with 2011’s surprise coming from Doug Baldwin, a rookie free agent from Stanford. Baldwin led the team in catches (51), yards (788), long gain (51t) and touchdowns (4), becoming the first undrafted rookie free agent to lead his team in catches and yards since Bill Groman of the Houston Oilers in 1960. His 51 catches ranked fourth among all rookies in the NFL, trailing only fourth-overall pick A.J. Green (65), 59th overall pick Greg Little (61) and sixth-overall pick Julio Jones (54).

Joined Pete Carroll’s staff as wide receivers coach on February 4, 2010, joining his seventh NFL team in a coaching career that dates to 1978, including 14 years in the collegiate ranks.

He joined Seattle after spending one month at the University of Tennessee in 2009-10 as its wide receivers/passing game coordinator for the Chick-fil-A Bowl, then serving as its interim head coach after the departure of Lane Kiffin.

Brown’s first two seasons have seen unexpected contributions from his group, with 2011’s surprise coming from Doug Baldwin, a rookie free agent from Stanford. Baldwin led the team in catches (51), yards (788), long gain (51t) and touchdowns (4), becoming the first undrafted rookie free agent to lead his team in catches and yards since Bill Groman of the Houston Oilers in 1960. His 51 catches ranked fourth among all rookies in the NFL, trailing only fourth-overall pick A.J. Green (65), 59th overall pick Greg Little (61) and sixth-overall pick Julio Jones (54).

In his first season in Seattle, Brown saw the emergence of talent that he first came across in Detroit in 2006 in Mike Williams. Out of football for two years, Williams led the team with career-highs in catches (65), yards (751) and touchdowns (2). He also had a six-game stretch with 41 catches for 516 yards, second only to Steve Largent’s 42 catches for 669 yards over the same span in 1984-85.

Brown coached wide receivers in the NFL from 2002-08, spending four years in Houston and three years in Detroit, then serving as the Lions Assistant Head Coach/Passing Game Coordinator in 2008.

In 2007, the Lions wide receivers caught the second-most passes (268) and had the secondmost yards (3,370 yards) among wide receiving units in the NFL (second only to New England in both categories). Detroit was the only team to have four players, all wide receivers, each with more than 650 receiving yards: Shaun McDonald (943 yards), Roy Williams (836 yards), Calvin Johnson (756 yards) and Mike Furrey (664 yards). The Lions also became the first team with four wide receivers recording over 650 yards since Houston in 1990.

In 2006, Detroit’s top two receivers combined for 180 receptions and 2,396 yards, more than doubling the output of the Lions’ top two receivers in 2005. WR Roy Williams, who led the NFC that season with a career-high 1,310 receiving yards, was the second receiver coached by Brown to be named to a Pro Bowl. He also coached the conference’s receptions leader in Mike Furrey (98 receptions for 1,082 yards). It was the first time since 1999 that two Lions receivers finished with over 1,000 yards. Williams and Furrey became the first teammates to lead their conference in receiving yards and receptions since Houston’s Haywood Jeffries tied with teammate Drew Hill with an AFC high 74 catches and Jeffries had 1,048 receiving yards. Williams and Furrey are the first NFC duo to accomplish this since the 1970 merger.

Before coming to Detroit, Brown spent four seasons as the Houston Texans wide receivers coach. Among his pupils in Texas was Andre Johnson, who was taken by Houston with the third overall pick in the 2003 draft. He became the first Texans offensive player to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl. Johnson was selected to the Pro Bowl for his outstanding 2004 season that included club records of 79 receptions for 1,129 yards.

Brown was the head coach of the XFL’s Memphis Maniax prior to being hired by the Texans. He also served as the Green Bay Packers running backs coach (2000) where he helped guide Pro Bowl RB Ahman Green to his first career 1,000-yard season.

From 1996-99, Brown was on Jimmy Johnson’s Miami Dolphins coaching staff, where he was the offensive coordinator from 1998-99 and the running backs coach from 1996-97. As a coordinator, he helped Miami to the second round of the playoffs in both years with Dan Marino at the helm. In 1996, Brown helped RB Karim Abdul-Jabbar become the first Dolphins running back to reach 1,000 yards in 18 years, and in 1997 Abdul-Jabbar tied a league-high 15 rushing touchdowns.

In 1995, Brown was the running backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He served two seasons as the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach during his second stint at the University of Tennessee from 1993-94. Brown’s first NFL coaching position was with the New York Jets as running backs coach from 1990-92.

Brown’s first stint at Tennessee was from 1983-89 as wide receivers coach, where he coached four first-round picks during his tenure. Prior to his arrival, he was the wide receivers coach at Louisville in 1982 where he coached future Dolphins great Mark Clayton.

His coaching career began at Memphis State, where he coached the wide receivers from 1979-80 and the running backs in 1978. Brown was a starter at Memphis State at quarterback, and graduated from MSU in 1977 with a degree in communications.

A native of Sweetwater, Tenn., Brown, born on March 6, 1955, and his wife, Deon, have one son, Jerome, and one daughter, Jennifer.

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