Browns hire Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator

Browns hire Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator

FILE – Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talks with Tennessee Titans senior adviser Jim Schwartz before an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis. Schwartz is interviewing Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, with Cleveland for its defensive coordinator vacancy created when coach Kevin Stefanski fired Joe Woods after a season of defensive collapses for the Browns. Schwartz, 56, has been a senior adviser to the Tennessee Titans for the past two seasons.Morris Gash/AP

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Browns are hiring former Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Schwartz, who spent the past two seasons as a defensive consultant at Tennessee, was one of four candidates to meet with the Browns. He previously worked with Browns general manager Andrew Berry in Cleveland.

Cleveland’s search for a coordinator began last week when coach Kevin Stefanski fired Joe Woods after three seasons, which ended with a disappointing 7-10 in 2022.

Schwartz, 56, began his NFL career as a scout with Cleveland in the 1990s. He will take over the Browns’ defense once he signs his contract, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because that hasn’t happened yet.

Schwartz has previously worked as a coordinator with the Titans, Bills and Eagles. He won a Super Bowl with Philadelphia’s defense in 2017.

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