The Cleveland Browns will reportedly hire Ryan Slowik, who worked with defensive coordinator Ray Horton in Arizona, as a linebacker coach.
The Cleveland Browns will reportedly hire Ryan Slowik as a linebacker coach.
Slowik spent the 2015 season as a defensive line coach with the New York Jets, his only season with the team.
Prior to the Jets, Slowik spent six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, where he worked with new Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton in 2011 and 2012.
With the Cardinals, Slowik was a defensive assistant/defensive backs coach for two years, an outside linebackers coach for one year, and a defensive quality control coach, assisting with the team’s linebackers for three years.
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In 2013, the year after Horton left for his first stint as Browns defensive coordinator, Arizona’s defense was ranked No. 6 in overall defense and No. 1 against the run (84.4 yards per game) while allowing the fewest rushing yards in franchise history for a 16-game season (1,351).
The Cardinals also had 30 takeaways, including 20 interceptions, which tied for the fifth-best total in the NFL.
With the Cardinals in 2012, Slowik helped an Arizona defense that finished with the NFL’s 5th ranked passing unit while also collecting 33 total takeaways, the fourth-best total in the league in 2012.
During his final four years with Arizona, the Cardinals’ defense forced 88 turnovers and allowed opposing offenses to convert on just 35.3 percent of their third-down attempts, both the fifth-best in the league during that span.
Prior to his time with the Arizona defense, Slowik served a variety of roles with the Denver Broncos, including a year as the assistant defensive backs coach, a year as an assistant special teams coach, and two years as a defensive assistant.
His father, Bob, is a long-time NFL assistant coach who worked as defensive coordinator for the Browns in 1999.