The Cleveland Browns are reportedly looking to bring a coach up from the college ranks to take over as their new head coach for 2014 — Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Gus Malzahn of Auburn have been named their prime targets — which would leave the Browns with a man running the show who has limited NFL experience.
In order to make up for that lack of experience, the Browns are reportedly looking to a former NFL head coach to be a key coordinator.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Browns are interested in former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz coming in to become the defensive coordinator.
Schwartz, recently fired as head coach of the Lions, is held in high regard by some in the Browns organization and he is the prime candidate to replace Horton, league sources said. Particularly if Malzahn is hired, who has a limited NFL background, it would be imperative that the Browns have some established NFL coaches around him.
If Cleveland gets their way and brings in an exciting coach from the college ranks and has Schwartz running the defense, then the Browns will have an impressive coaching staff to go along with their talented young roster.