Browns fire defensive coordinator Joe Woods after 3 seasons

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Browns fired defensive coordinator Joe Woods after his third season ended way short of expectations or the playoffs. Cleveland’s defense had issues from the opener, leading to a 7-10 record. Woods was heavily criticized all season and he sensed his dismissal last week. The Browns were especially bad against the run, getting gashed for big plays on the ground nearly every week. The Browns moved quickly at finding a replacement, requesting permission to interview New England assistant Jerod Mayo, Pittsburgh assistant Brian Flores, Seattle associate head coach Sean Desai and Tennessee senior defensive assistant Jim Schwartz for the vacancy.

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