Brown’s Fire defensive coordinator Joe Woods

The Browns wasted no time after a disappointing 7-10 season that began with playoff ambitions and ended at the bottom of the AFC North. Just hours after a 28-14 loss to Pittsburgh, Cleveland fired Joe Woods, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Woods has been the Browns’ defensive coordinator since 2020, the only defensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski had during his tenure.

Cleveland done 22nd in the NFL in DVOA, 29th in rush DVOA, per Football Outsiders. Despite the presence of individual talent like DE Myles Garrett, CB Denzel Ward and S. John Johnson III, the Browns have played a mediocre defensive game at best since their last playoff appearance in 2020.

The Browns are 15-19 the last two seasons and finished last in the AFC North this season. Cleveland have not won a division title since 1989, when they played in the AFC Central, and have made the playoffs twice (2002, 2020) since rejoining the league in 1999.

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