Thomas Brown is in his first season as offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in 2023, joining the team after most recently serving as the assistant head coach/tight ends coach for the Los Angeles Rams in 2022. Brown joined the Rams as the running backs coach in 2020 after nine seasons in the collegiate ranks. In 2021, he added assistant head coach to his title.
Under Brown, the Rams' rushing attack in 2021 helped the team to a Super Bowl LVI victory in Los Angeles. The Rams ranked seventh in the NFL in points scored (27.1 ppg) and ninth in total yards (372.1 ypg).
Los Angeles was one of six teams with two running backs to rush for over 680 yards with Sony Michel totaling 845 rush yards and Darrell Henderson adding 688 yards on the ground.
In his first season in Los Angeles in 2020, Brown oversaw a rushing attack that finished 10th in the league, averaging 126.1 rushing yards per game. The running back room was led by rookie Cam Akers who produced a team-best 625 yards, including a 61-yard rush against San Francisco in Week 11, the longest run by a Rams player in the Sean McVay era.
Brown served as the running backs' coach at the University of South Carolina during the 2019 season. He oversaw a balanced rushing attack, which included two running backs with over 500 yards on the year.
Before joining South Carolina, Brown spent three seasons as the Miami Hurricanes' offensive coordinator and running backs coach. In 2018, the Canes rushed for 2,489 yards, an average of 5.2 yards per carry while scoring 25 rushing touchdowns.
In 2017, Miami running back Travis Horner earned second-team All-ACC recognition despite taking over as the starting running back five games into the season. The 2016 season saw All-ACC back Mark Walton become the 11th running back in program history to rush for over 1,000 yards.
Brown spent the 2015 season at the University of Georgia, coaching a running backs group that featured future pro Sony Michel. As a unit, Georgia rushed for 2,513 yards on the year, including 194.3 yards per game.
Prior to his stint at Georgia, Brown spent the 2014 season at the University of Wisconsin, coaching Heisman Trophy runner-up Melvin Gordon. Under Brown's leadership, Gordon posted the second-best season by a running back with 2,587 rushing yards and 32 total touchdowns. Gordon combined with fellow running back Corey Clement to run for 3,536 yards on the year, breaking the single-season FBS record for rushing yards by teammates. Wisconsin's 6.91 yards per rushing attempt average in the 2014 season was the fourth- best mark in FBS history.
Before going to Wisconsin, Brown was a running backs coach at Marshall in 2013 and at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2012. He spent the 2011 season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Georgia.
As a pro, Brown was selected in the sixth round (No. 172 overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons and spent the 2009 season with the Cleveland Browns before retiring to pursue coaching opportunities.
Brown played collegiately at Georgia, helping the Bulldogs to the 2005 SEC championship. He finished his career as the fifth-leading rusher in Georgia history with 2,646 career yards and led the team in rushing in the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Brown scored 25 touchdowns in his collegiate career.
Brown attended Tucker High School and is a Tucker, Ga. native. He earned his bachelor's degree in speech communications from Georgia.
He and his wife, Jessica, have three children: Orlando, Tyson and Judah.
2008 | Atlanta Falcons
2009-10 | Cleveland Browns
2011 | University of Georgia | Strength and Conditioning
2012 | University of Tennessee-Chattanooga | Running Backs
2013 | Marshall University | Running Backs
2014 | University of Wisconsin | Running Backs
2015 | University of Georgia | Running Backs
2016-18 | University of Miami (Fla) | Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs
2019 | University of South Carolina | Running Backs
2020 | Los Angeles Rams | Running Backs
2021 | Los Angeles Rams | Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs
2022 | Los Angeles Rams | Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends
2023-pres | Carolina Panthers | Offensive Coordinator