Alabama Crimson Tide: Greg Brown

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The shakeup on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama will continue as Greg Brown is expected to step down as defensive backs coach to clear the way for Kevin Steele to transition from his role as director of player personnel to an on-field position coaching linebackers, sources told ESPN.

Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will shift from coaching linebackers to the secondary to make way for Steele's move. Steele, according to ESPN, was offered the Louisville defensive coordinator job but turned it down to remain with Saban in Tuscaloosa.

The latest staff shakeup comes on the heels of Saban hiring Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator and Bo Davis as defensive line coach. Doug Nussmeier left after two seasons to lead Michigan's offense and Chris Rumph left after three seasons to coach Texas' defensive line.

Brown spent one season with the Tide after two years as Colorado's defensive coordinator. Like Saban, he had a wealth of NFL experience with 15 years coaching in the league.

Steele joined Alabama's support staff in 2013, directing the Tide's recruiting efforts. But Steele made his career as an on-the-field coach, spending time as a defensive coordinator at Clemson and Alabama and three seasons as head coach at Baylor from 1999-2002.

By moving to coach the secondary, where Smart has worked before, Smart will have a chance to work more hands on with a unit that had its struggles in 2013.

Prior to the Sugar Bowl, Smart lamented Alabama's inconsistency at cornerback.

"We are not used to that," he said. "We've kind of always had one key guy with all the first -round, second-round corners we've had, we've always had a staple guy there, then kind of an understudy that was the other one who was an up-and-coming corner. Hasn't been that way this year. It's been frustrating."

Smart will have plenty of young talent to develop, though, as Eddie Jackson and Maurice Smith both showed promise in 2013, playing significant snaps as freshman. Alabama also welcomed in five-star cornerback Tony Brown as an early enrollee this month.

ESPN's Chris Low contributed to this report.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama wasted no time finding a new secondary coach, announcing the hiring of former Colorado defensive coordinator Greg Brown less than 48 hours after hoisting the national championship trophy in Miami Gardens.

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Chris Williams/Icon SMIGreg Brown was the defensive coordinator at Colorado the past two seasons.
Brown, 55, replaces Jeremy Pruitt, who left to become the defensive coordinator at Florida State after six seasons at Alabama. Coach Nick Saban touted Brown's three decades of coaching experience, 15 of which were spent as an assistant coach in the NFL. He inherits an Alabama secondary that finished in the top 10 in fewest passing yards allowed.

"I'm extremely happy to add a coach the caliber of Greg Brown to our staff," Saban said in a news release. "Greg has a tremendous amount of college and NFL experience, and his knowledge in the secondary really made him the perfect fit for this position. He will be an outstanding addition to our coaching staff and we look forward to Greg and his family joining our staff at the University of Alabama."

Brown was the defensive coordinator at Colorado for the past two seasons, his third stint with the Buffaloes. The Buffaloes were ranked 97th in the country in passing defense last season, surrendering 262.5 yards per game. He spent the 2010 season as the co-defensive coordinator at Arizona.

"It is an honor and an unbelievable opportunity to join the staff at the University of Alabama," Brown said in a statement. "I've known and respected Coach Saban for many years and he is the best in the country at what he does. It is the dream of any defensive coach to learn from Coach Saban, especially at a place with Alabama's great tradition and history. I look forward to doing my part to help continue the success with the top college football program in the nation."

Brown spent time with the New Orleans Saints (2002-05), the Atlanta Falcons (2000-01) and the San Francisco 49ers (1999) in the NFL. While in the pros, he coached the likes of Samari Rolle, Rodney Harrison and All-Pro Marcus Robertson.

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