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Chris Tabor was named the Browns’ special teams coordinator on January 25, 2011, and his special teams units have enjoyed great success under his tutelage. He is one of only a handful of coordinators in the NFL to have been retained by four separate head coaches. His leadership and organizational skills, along with his "command of the room" earned him the privilege of being selected to attend the NFL's 2014 training seminar for future head coaching candidates. Chris has over 20 years of coaching experience between the high school, collegiate and professional levels.

In 2016, the Browns signed Britton Colquitt just prior to the beginning of the season. Tabor combined Colquitt's abilities with his punt coverage unit and scheme to set a franchise record for NET punting average in a season at 40.3 yards. In week 16, DL Jamie Meder won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his block of a game-tying field goal attempt by the Chargers with 3:45 left.

Since Tabor’s arrival in 2011, through the 2015 NFL season, Tabor's overall Special Teams units rank among the best in the NFL. Over the span of those 5 seasons, his units rank

  • #1 in punt return average
  • #5 in kickoff coverage average
  • #6 in punt return touchdowns
  • #7 in total return yards
  • #9 in kickoff return average
  • and, they had 6 AFC special teams players of the week

    In 2015, the Browns Special Teams units were once again the top producing unit on the team, ranking #1 in the NFL in net punting average against; #3 in gross punting average against; #4 in punt return average; #4 punt returner in NFL; #5 in total return yards; and #5 in kickoff return yards.

    In 2014, the Tabor-led Special Teams units finished #2 in the NFL in kickoff defense drive start average; #8 in punt coverage; and #9 in kickoff coverage average.

    In 2013, Tabor helped kicker Billy Cundiff set a franchise record with 62 touchbacks on kickoffs. In addition, Travis Benjamin set a team record with 179 punt-return yards in a single game.

    In 2012, kicker Phil Dawson and kick returner Joshua Cribbs were both selected to the Pro Bowl, marking just the second time in team history that two specialists made the annual all-star game in the same year (2008, Cribbs and LS Ryan Pontbriand). The Pro Bowl selection was the first of Dawson’s 14 year career. His 93.5 (29 of 31) field goal percentage clip led the AFC and was a career-best. Dawson’s seven field goals from 50 yards or longer tied for the second-most in the NFL in 2012, while his 14 field goals of 50 yards or longer since Tabor arrived in Cleveland in 2011 are the most in the NFL. Cribbs finished fourth in the NFL in kickoff return average (27.4) and sixth in punt return average (12.0). In addition, Johnson Bademosi led all rookies and finished tied for third in the NFL with 18 special teams tackles en route to being named the PFW/PFWA All-Rookie special teams player.

    As a team, the Browns led the NFL with nine punt returns of 20 yards or longer in 2012, including rookie Travis Benjamin’s team record 93 yard return against Kansas City (12/9/12). The Browns also led the league in the league in opponents’ average starting position after kickoffs (19.9) and were second in the NFL in opponents’ kickoff return average (19.8).

    In Tabor’s first season as special teams coordinator, the Browns finished second in the league with an average starting position of 24.5 after kickoffs, trailing only the New York Jets (26.1). Dawson converted on seven field goals of 50 yards or longer, which tied for the most in the NFL in 2011. Punter Brad Maynard tied the Browns’ single-season record with 32 punts inside the 20. Cribbs finished sixth in the league in punt return average (11.4) and 12th in kickoff return average (25.0).

    Prior to joining the Browns, Tabor spent three seasons (2008-10) as assistant special teams coach with Chicago. During Tabor’s tenure with the Bears, Chicago consistently ranked among the league leaders in numerous departments. The Bears ranked in the top five in no less than nine different special teams categories combined over that three-year period. Chicago led the NFL in total return yards (6,570) and kickoff return yards (5,415), posted the second-best kickoff return average (25.1), ranked third in punt return defense (7.1) and produced the fifth-best punt return average (10.4). The Bears also registered six total kick returns for touchdowns in that time, which tied for second-most in the league.

    Also during Tabor’s stint in Chicago, the Bears tied for fifth in the league in punts inside the 20-yard line (90) and tied for seventh in field goal percentage (86.2). From 2008-10, Chicago was one of only six teams in the NFL to allow one or fewer kick return touchdowns as that total tied for second in the league over that three-year span.

    Tabor also has helped shape some of the NFL’s top return specialists. In 2008, Danieal Manning led the NFL in kickoff return average (29.7). In 2009, Johnny Knox finished second in the league in kickoff return average (29.0) and earned a Pro Bowl selection as a kick returner. In 2010, Devin Hester led the NFL in punt return average (17.1) and punt return touchdowns (3) en route to earning a Pro Bowl nod as a kick returner.

    In 2010, the Bears ranked first in the league in punt return average (17.1), second in kickoff return average (25.4), second in average drive start after kickoffs (31.5) and ninth in punt return defense (7.8). The Bears’ special teams unit also ranked fourth in the NFL, based on a composite formula devised by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News.

    Prior to Chicago, Tabor spent two seasons at Western Michigan University (2006-07) as the running backs and special teams coach. He spent also four seasons at Utah State University, where he was the running backs and special teams coach in 2005 after being the Aggies’ assistant head coach in charge of wide receivers from 2002-04.

    Tabor coached at Central Methodist College (1995-96) in Fayette, Mo., before spending four seasons at the University of Missouri. He spent his first three years with the Tigers as an offensive graduate assistant (1997-99) before moving into the role of running backs and special teams coach in 2000. He was also the head coach at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. in 2001.

    From 1993-1994, Tabor built experience at the community college and high school levels, coaching at Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College (1994) and Benton High School (1993) in St. Joseph, Mo.

    Tabor graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Benedictine College in 1993 and a master’s degree in education from Columbia College in 1999.

    Played Quarterback at Benedictine College for four years. Born March 4, 1971, Tabor is married to wife Nikki with two daughters, Paityn and Lainey.
    Year Team Title Head Coach
    2011-Present Cleveland Browns Special Teams Coordinator Hue Jackson
    Mike Pettine
    Rob Chudzinski
    Pat Shurmur
    2008-10 Chicago Bears Asst. Special Teams Lovie Smith/Dave Toub
    2006-07 Western Michigan Special Teams Coordinator/RB Bill Cubit
    2002-05 Utah State Special Teams Coordinator/RB
    Assistant Head Coach/WR
    Brent Guy/Mick Dennehy
    2001 Culver Stockton College Head Coach
    1997-2000 Missouri Running Backs/ST/GA Larry Smith
    1995-96 Central Methodist College Offensive Coordinator/RC
    1994 Hutchinson Comm. College Running Backs

    In The News:
  • Tabor Talks On Major Rule Change, (March 29, 2016), Patrick Marks,

  • Chris Tabor Talks About Returning to Browns, (February 21, 2016),

  • Browns Resign And Extend Tabor, (January 16, 2016),

    li> Notes from Chris Tabor on Final Day of Minicamp, Joe Ginley, (June 29, 2015),

  • Tabor's player-first approach key to remaining with Browns", (June 18, 2014), Vic Carucci,

  • Special Teams guru Tabor has staying power, (February 7, 2014), Tom Reed,

  • Browns special teams coordinator Chris Tabor driven by memory of father, his coaching legacy, (November 9, 2013), Nate Ulrich,

  • Tabor coaches for first time at Arrowhead, (October 27, 2013), Cody Thorn, St. Joseph News Press

  • Tabor thrilled with chance to remain with Browns, (February 13, 2013), Vic Carucci,

  • Lions denied permission to interview Tabor, (January 14, 2013), Sean Yuille,

    Name Pos. (team) Achievements
    Britton Colquitt Punter (CLE) Set Franchise Record for NET Punting Avg.
    Josh Gordon Returner (CLE) NFL Pro Bowler, NFL All Pro
    Josh Cribbs Returner (CLE) NFL Pro Bowler, Team MVP
    Phil Dawson Kicker (CLE) NFL Pro Bowler
    Devin Hester Returner (CHI) NFL Pro Bowler, holds NFL record for kick returns for TDs
    Johnny Knox Returner (CHI) NFL Pro Bowler
    Danieal Manning Returner (CHI) #1 in NFL in Kickoff Returns (2008)
    Mark Bonds RB (WMU) 1,000 yard rusher
    Brandon West Kick Returner (WMU) Freshman All-American
    Kevin Curtis WR (USU) 3rd Round NFL Draft Pick (St. Louis)
    Kevin Robinson WR (USU) Freshman All-American