Cleveland Browns fire defensive coordinator Joe Woods

FILE - Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods celebrates a sack during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.

BEREA — Joe Woods is out as the Browns’ defensive coordinator, the Beacon Journal has confirmed, ending months of speculation surrounding his job status.

Woods was let go by the team on Monday, one day after the team’s season-ending loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. There’s no word on the official status of the rest of the defensive assistants, some of whom could potentially be retained by the next coordinator.

General manager Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski are expected to address the media this afternoon at 3:30. The players will also be available this morning as they go through exit interviews and clean out their lockers after the season.

The dismissal has been expected for some time, especially when the Browns were officially eliminated from playoff contention after their Christmas Eve loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Browns ended the season 7-10, the second consecutive losing season since their 2020 playoff season.

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