The Dallas Cowboys hired Stephen Brown as an offensive assistant prior to the 2016 season to work with Coach Gary Brown and the running backs in the coordination of the running game, while also serving as a point person for Head Coach Jason Garrett on research projects and day-to-day operations.
Brown worked with a group of running backs that nished second in the league in rushing and featured the NFL’s leading individual rusher in Ezekiel Elliott in 2016. Elliott became the fth rookie since the NFL merger to win the NFL’s rushing title with 1,631 yards - third-most by a rookie in NFL history - on 322 car- ries and 15 touchdowns. He also established the most 100-yard rushing games (seven) by a rookie in team history, and his 1,994 yards from scrimmage were the third-highest by a rookie in NFL history. Elliott’s season made him the fourth rookie running back in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl, and only the fourth rookie - second running back - to be named All-
Pro in team history. The Cowboys 2,396 total rushing yards also ranked sixth all-time in team history during a single season, as veteran Alfred Morris (205 rush yards) added a physical force behind Elliott in the back- eld.
Prior to Dallas, Brown spent two seasons (2013- 14) with the Buffalo Bills as the assistant to the head coach/special teams assistant. Brown coordinated all operational aspects for players and coaches, and was included in multiple aspects of game management decisions. The special teams units he worked with in 2014 nished the year second in the NFL and rst in the AFC, based on Dallas Morning News writer Rick Gosselin’s rankings, which saw Buffalo make the big- gest improvement, jumping up from 31st in 2013. Kick- er Dan Carpenter nished second with a career-best 34 made eld goals, and punter Colton Schmidt dropped 31 punts inside the 20-yard line, tied for fourth in the league. Additionally, the kickoff and punt coverage
units excelled under Brown’s guidance. The kickoff team held opponents to an average start position of the 20.7 yard-line, fth in the NFL, and the punt cover- age unit harangued opponents into a 6.5-yard average on 38 returns, fourth overall in 2014.
He served on the coaching staff at Syracuse University as a quality control coach and director of recruiting, providing statistical analysis on upcoming opponents and overseeing all aspects of recruiting in his four seasons (2009-12) with the Orange. Brown played a part in turning the program around over his four seasons with the team, leading to the rst winning season since 2001, reaching seven wins in 2010, and bowl game victories in the Pinstripe Bowl twice (2010,
2012). On game day he coordinated with the defen- sive coaching staff on potential in-game adjustments and provided information to the head coach on various game management situations.
Brown got his start in the coaching profession as a student assistant at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee, under Head Coach Phillip Fulmer. He worked three seasons (2006-08) for the Volunteers football squad, breaking down lm and assisting with the recruiting process and everyday operations.
Brown earned his degree in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee and is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina.