CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have hired former Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press Tuesday.
Schwartz, who has spent the past two seasons as a defensive adviser with Tennessee, was one of four candidates to face the Browns. He previously worked with Browns general manager Andrew Berry in Cleveland.
The search for a coordinator for Cleveland began last week when coach Kevin Stefansky fired Joe Woods after three seasons that ended with a disappointing 7-10 record in 2022.
Schwartz, 56, began his NFL career as a scout with Cleveland in the 1990s. He will take over the Browns’ defense as soon as he signs the contract, according to a person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because it hasn’t happened yet.
Schwartz previously worked as a coordinator with the Titans, Bills and Eagles. In 2017, he won the Super Bowl defending Philadelphia.
One of Schwartz’s top priorities will be fixing Cleveland’s run defense. The Browns passed 135 yards per game.
In 2009, Schwartz inherited the Lions 0-16 team. He went 29-51 in five seasons and led Detroit to the playoffs in his third year.
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