CLEVELAND -- Hal Hunter was hired as offensive line coach of the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, becoming the first former Bud Carson aide to be hired by new coach Bill Belichick.
Hunter, 56, was offensive line coach for the Browns in 1989 under Carson, then was named a special assistant to the head coach for the 1990 season.
Carson was fired Nov. 5.
When Hunter coached the offensive line, it was still a weak link on the team, but it slipped even further last season under the tutelage of Dan Radakovich, who replaced Hunter as line coach.
'I'm very impressed with Bill Belichick and I'm fired up to be on his staff,' said Hunter, who has spent 34 years in coaching. 'I know we need to improve the offensive line and we're going to get that done.'
The naming of Hunter came as a surprise, as it was not expected he would be retained by Belichick. There were many applicants for the job, but Hunter impressed Belichick in interviews.
'The one thing I knew about Hal Hunter before I came here is that his offensive lines were well-prepared, well-schooled and played hard,' Belichick said. 'We've had a number of quality line coaches apply here, but Hal is the best man for this job.'
Hunter held a number of coaching jobs in the college ranks before becoming offensive coordinator for Frank Kush at Hamilton of the Canadian Football League in 1981. Hunter went with Kush to Baltimore of the NFL in 1982, where he served as offensive line coach for three years before joining the Pittsburgh staff for four seasons.