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Browns hire Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator

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Jim Schwartz is the new defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns finalized the hiring of Schwartz this morning, according to multiple reports.

Cleveland began its search for a defensive coordinator a week ago after firing Joe Woods. In addition to Schwartz, the candidates were Steelers linebackers coach Brian Flores, Seahawks associate head coach Sean Desai and Eagles defensive passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson. Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo turned down a chance to interview.

Schwartz, 56, is best known for his five-year stint as Lions head coach from 2009 to 2013. He also served as defensive coordinator for the Eagles, Bills and Titans. His first NFL job was in Cleveland as a scout in the 1990s. He was most recently an assistant on the Titans coaching staff.

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