Cleveland Browns Hire Jim Schwartz for Defensive Coordinator

The Cleveland Browns' search for a new defensive coordinator has come to an end. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the team will hire former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.

Schwartz is most famous for his time as head coach of the Lions from 2009 to 2013, where he compiled a middling 29-51 record but brought the team its first playoff appearance since 1999. He has served as a senior defensive assistant for the Tennesse Titans since 2021. 

Schwartz's time as the face of a franchise didn't go great, but he has a proven track record of success as a defensive coach. Including his years as a DC with the Tennesse Titans, the Buffalo Bills, and Philadelphia Eagles, he has coached six defenses to top-10 finishes in yards allowed, including in the Eagles' 2017 Super Bowl-winning season.

Schwartz has nearly 30 years of NFL experience as a scout, assistant, and coach. He's unlikely to suddenly and radically transform the Browns defense, but he's a steady hand that can gradually increase their discipline and professionalism. They should improve on this year's 20th ranking in points allowed in the 2023 season.

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