Ken Flajole

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Ken Flajole
Current position
Title Inside Linebackers Coach
Team Cleveland Browns
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-10-04) October 4, 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth Seattle, Washington
Alma mater Pacific Lutheran University
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1994
1996–1997
1998
1999
2000
2001–2002
2003–2008
2009–2011
2012
2013
Richmond (DC)
Nevada (DB/DC)
Green Bay Packers (DQC)
Seattle Seahawks (DB)
Seattle Seahawks (LB)
Seattle Seahawks (DB)
Carolina Panthers (LB)
St. Louis Rams (DC)
New Orleans Saints (DB)
Cleveland Browns (ILB)

Ken Flajole (born October 4, 1954) is an American football coach. He is the current inside linebackers coach of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was the defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL) from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that he served as linebackers coach for the Carolina Panthers from 2003 to 2008. Flajole replaced Sal Sunseri as defensive assistant in 2003, bringing with him five years of NFL coaching experience. He spent three seasons as defensive backs coach and one as linebackers coach with the Seattle Seahawks from 1999-2002 and one as a defensive assistant with the Green Bay Packers in 1998. As defensive backs coach for Seattle in 1999, Flajole's secondary led the NFL with 30 interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns. He spent the 2000 campaign as the Seahawks linebackers coach and returned to oversee the defensive backs in 2001 and 2002.

Before entering the NFL as a defensive quality control assistant with Green Bay in 1998, Flajole spent 21 years coaching in the college ranks. He served as Nevada's co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach for two seasons from 1996-1997. His 1996 defense finished first in the conference in total defense, scoring defense and passing defense. Prior to his duties at Nevada, Flajole held coaching positions at several other universities, beginning with his alma mater, Pacific Lutheran, from 1977–1978, and then Washington in 1979. Other stops included Montana from 1980–1985, Texas-El Paso from 1986–1988, Missouri from 1989–1993, Richmond in 1994 and Hawaii in 1995, holding defensive coordinator positions at Montana and Richmond. Flajole was hired by the New Orleans Saints in 2012,[1] but was fired (along with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, with whom he had also coached in St. Louis) on January 24, 2013.[2] The Browns hired him as their inside linebackers coach on February 7, 2013.[3]

Playing career[edit]

An All-Conference linebacker at Wenatchee Valley Community College, WA and Pacific Lutheran University, Flajole earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Pacific Lutheran in 1977.[4]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rick Venturi
St. Louis Rams Defensive Coordinators
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Gregg Williams