Browns interview Eagles DC Jim Schwartz

Kevin Stefanski and Josh McDaniels remain to be interviewed; decision possible this weekend

Daryl Ruiter
January 08, 2020 - 11:09 am
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns’ quest to find their next head coach continued Wednesday with Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Schwartz, who got his NFL start in Cleveland as a personnel scout from 1993-1995, is the sixth to interview for the job.

It’s been speculated that Schwartz could become a candidate to be the next defensive coordinator under whoever is hired for the head coaching job, but that would take some maneuvering because he remains under contract for 2020 according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Schwartz, 53, joined the Eagles in 2016 as their defensive coordinator and helped the team to a win in Super Bowl LII despite his unit giving up over 600 yards of offense and 33 points to the Patriots.

In the Eagles’ six playoff games played under Schwartz, his unit has allowed 20 or fewer points in five of them.

Philadelphia ranks in the top 12 in points allowed (7th), yards allowed (11th), rushing yards allowed (1st), opponents third down percentage (3rd), opponents first downs (2nd), takeaways (9th) and sacks (12th) cumulatively under Schwartz.

Schwartz went 29-51 as the head coach of the Lions from 2009-2013 with his best season coming in 2011, 10-6, that saw Detroit make the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

The Browns are the lone NFL team remaining that is conducting a head coaching search.

Owner Jimmy Haslam along with executive vice president JW Johnson, chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta and vice president of football administration Chris Cooper have already interviewed Mike McCarthy, hired by Dallas Monday, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, and Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.

Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski is expected to interview Thursday in Minnesota and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels Friday in Cleveland before a decision is made, possibly by the end of the weekend.