The Cleveland Browns have found their new defensive coordinator, and it turns out he's a familiar face.
The Browns are bringing back Jim Schwartz to be the team's new DC, officially welcoming him back on social media on Wednesday. He previously worked for Cleveland as a personnel scout from 1993-1995 before moving on to other roles with other teams, so it's been a while.
Cleveland Browns Defensive Coordinator
Since leaving Cleveland, Schwartz has become one of the most experienced coaches in the NFL. He's served as a DC for the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles throughout the years and was also the head coach of the Detroit Lions for a time.
Now 56, Schwartz is returning to the first NFL team he ever worked for. A lot has changed since he cut his teeth working for Bill Belichick 30 years ago, but it's cool to see his career come full circle.
Schwartz will try to improve a unit that fell short of expectations in 2022, ranking 14th in points allowed and 20th in yards allowed. Shoring up the run defense will be critical, as Cleveland gave up the eighth-most rushing yards and fourth-most rushing touchdowns.
The Browns hope they have the right man for the job, as a better defense will go a long way toward helping the team rebound from back-to-back losing seasons.