Cleveland Browns to hire Jim Schwartz as next defensive coordinator

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz walks off the field during a joint NFL football practice in Philadelphia, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Browns are turning to Tennessee Titans senior defensive assistant Jim Schwartz to be their next defensive coordinator, a league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal.

Schwartz replaces Joe Woods, who was fired hours after the Browns’ 7-10 season concluded last week. Schwartz was one of four individuals interviewed over the last week, along with Seattle Seahawks associate head coach/defense Sean Desai, Pittsburgh Steelers senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach Brian Flores and Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach/pass game coordinator Dennard Wilson.

There’s a connection between Schwartz and Browns general manager Andrew Berry, who worked together with the Philadelphia Eagles. Schwartz was defensive coordinator with the Eagles from 2016-20, while Berry was Vice President of Football Operations with them in 2019.

Schematically, Schwartz has been a 4-3 proponent, which is the same base scheme Woods used. He’s favored man-to-man coverage, while Woods preferred zone.

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