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Report: Browns hire Joe Woods as defensive coordinator

Woods previously worked with head coach Kevin Stefanski for eight seasons in Minnesota.

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The Cleveland Browns have reportedly hired Joe Woods as the team’s defensive coordinator.

The long-rumored move, which has not been confirmed by the Browns, was reported by NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero:

Woods spent the past season as the defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. He has extensive experience as a defensive backs coach, starting in 2006 when he joined defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin’s staff with the Minnesota Vikings.

Woods held that position for eight seasons, during which he worked with new Browns head coach Kevin Stefanksi. Following his time with the Vikings, Woods coached for a season with the Oakland Raiders, before spending four years with the Denver Broncos (2015 to 2018) the final two seasons of which was the team’s defensive coordinator.

According to his bio on San Francisco’s website, under Woods’ guidance in 2018 the Broncos defense was top five in passes defensed and interceptions, while Von Miller and Bradley Chubb combined for 26.5 sacks.

That has to sound good for a Cleveland defense that finished last season at No. 30 in rushing yards allowed per game (144.7), 30th in yards per carry (5.0), and gave up 24.6 points per game.

The Browns will reportedly make the hiring official on Friday.