Another name enters Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator search

Browns, Dennard Wilson. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Browns, Dennard Wilson. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Browns have widened their net as they search for a defensive coordinator as they’re set to interview Dennard Wilson who is currently on the Philadelphia Eagles staff

After moving on from Joe Woods, the Cleveland Browns have been casting a wide net as they look for their next defensive coordinator. They continue to expand their search as they’ve now set up an interview with Dennard Wilson who is currently working as the Eagles’ defensive passing game coordinator.

Wilson has been an assistant in the NFL since 2012 when he was a quality control coach for the St. Louis Rams. He moved to defensive backs coach in 2015 and held that role for two seasons before moving on and taking a job with the New York Jets.

While in New York, he worked with Gregg Williams who was a former defensive coordinator for the Browns.

For the past two seasons, Wilson has been the defensive backs coach for Philadelphia and took on the added role of defensive passing game coordinator this season. Philly’s defense has made huge strides this year, which explains why Wilson is being looked at.

Browns candidates getting attention

The biggest name so far in the defensive coordinator search for Cleveland is Brian Flores. A former head coach in Miami, Flores is currently on Mike Tomlin’s staff in Pittsburgh. He was the first coach interviewed but now has a shot at a head coaching job as the Arizona Cardinals have asked to speak with him.

In addition to Flores, the Browns wanted to speak with Jerod Mayo. However, the New England Patriots made sure to keep him on staff, offering him an extension.

Cleveland also has yet to set up their interview with Sean Desai, who is on the Seattle Seahawks staff and has his hands full this weekend as his team will face the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday in the Wild Card Round.