One Browns' Coach is On the Chopping Block in Week 18

Adam Taylor McKillop
One member of the Cleveland Browns' coaching staff is on the chopping block in Week 18.
One member of the Cleveland Browns' coaching staff is on the chopping block in Week 18. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Cleveland Browns will rack up their second straight sub-.500 campaign on Sunday, marking a dubious 15th consecutive year they've finished either third or fourth in the AFC North. Deshaun Watson's lengthy suspension proved the franchise is more concerned about the future, but a porous defensive effort startled the fanbase.

This bad defensive effort caught the attention of the front office as well. Reports suggest that one member of the Browns' coaching staff is on the chopping block in Week 18.

According to team insider Brad Stainbrook, defensive coordinator Joe Woods is likely coaching his final game for the Browns on Sunday. The team is not expecting to allow him to return in 2023. He's worked as Cleveland's defensive coordinator since 2020.

A quick look at Cleveland's defensive metrics explains why. Despite some notable names upfront, the Browns rank 29th of 32 teams in Football Outsiders' run defense DVOA metric. They've allowed the 8th-most rushing yards in football and rank bottom half in points allowed.

Cleveland has also surrendered at 150 or more rushing yards in seven of their 16 games thus far. The team is 1-6 in those contests.

Coaching carousels are a part of the game. And especially for a team that's poised to showcase a dynamic offensive attack with the likes of Watson, Nick Chubb and Amari Cooper in 2023.

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