Jim Schwartz – The Right Stuff
Finally, we arrive at one of the original “slappys” under Bill Belichick. If you are unaware of that reference, watch “Cleveland 95: A Football Life”. A word of warning, that two-episode documentary covering the 1995 Browns makes me cry (not in a good way). Nonetheless, Jim Schwartz is on the list to return to where it all started. But this time he would be a defensive coordinator.
Schwartz is a former head coach and defensive coordinator in the NFL. He recently had success in Philadelphia with the Eagles as their defensive coordinator during their Super Bowl run before he decided to step away from coaching in 2021. He then became a senior defensive assistant with the Tennessee last season.
He runs a 4-3 scheme that the Browns currently have the personnel to run. He has proven creative during his time in the NFL. He made famous the NASCAR grouping that puts four defensive ends on the field in pass-rush situations. This would greatly benefit defensive end Myles Garrett whom the Browns have been moving around the defensive line to confuse offenses.
As a former head coach, Schwartz has the ability to help Kevin Stefanski navigate the dual role he has taken on. Schwartz could help ease some of the pressure of the head coaching position. If nothing else, he would be a no-nonsense presence on the coaching staff. This team could use some of that.
Schwartz is definitely qualified. He has the experience to handle the big personalities in the locker room. He also has the ability to assist Kevin Stefanski as a former head coach.
All in all, Schwartz is the candidate to solve the Browns’ immediate issues on defense. But is he the long-term answer as the Browns look to create sustained success?