Cleveland Browns interested in Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator


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.

From the report:

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.

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  • Gary

    That is the Browns for you. They don’t believe in hiring a coach with actual NFL coaching experience.
    This front office is a joke and has been for years. Of course with Clevelands track record, it’s no wonder no coach with NFL experience is looking to come here. There is no stability. And no knowledge of hiring the right people.

  • Effa Simile

    You stated, “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”

    Can I write articles for SI.com. It would appear that opinion pieces with zero factual basis are all the rage these days. How on earth can you make this claim that a coach with zero nfl experience paired with a defensive coordinator not selected by said coach equals an impressive coaching staff. The Steelers and the Patriots are perennial contenders because they have a strong system with excellent top level management.

    The real problem with the Browns is the corporate culture of pilot flying J and its C suite commanders. Haslem surrounds himself with aggressive, confrontational, mad men style lieutenants. Look at how Pilot is run and you will see why the Browns will NEVER be successful under this regime. Banner is too concerned with his public profile here amid his legal issues. This was a PR move that was hyped by their team as “what the fans deserve”.

    No Mr. Banner, the fans deserve someone who is willing to understand that in order to build a system for the long haul and build any team for the long haul in pro sports you have to ignore the fans and concentrate on building on a solid core of coaches that trust senior management and that are empowered to make the right moves. A philosophy takes years to adapt to, not 12 months.

    Banner treats the Browns like a public company and all of his moves are reactive in nature to what the analysts (fans) are saying about it. To build a solid franchise takes years and if you are not in it for the long haul, than you shouldn’t own a pro team