The Browns on Sunday reportedly hired Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as their head coach, which presumably means Jim Schwartz will be back as the Eagles' defensive coordinator.
Although with Doug Pederson's recent track record on coordinator votes of confidence? Who knows.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Browns will hire Stefanski to replace Freddie Kitchens.
On Wednesday, Pederson was vague about Schwartz’s future with the Eagles but did say offensive coordinator Mike Groh and wide receivers coach Carson Walch would return to the team in 2020.
The next day Groh and Walch were fired.
Schwartz, Pederson’s only defensive coordinator since he became Eagles head coach in 2016, interviewed for the Browns' head coaching vacancy on Thursday.
On Friday, Pederson said on 94 WIP that if Schwartz didn’t get the Browns’ job, he would "definitely" return to the Eagles.
Schwartz spent 2009 through 2013 as head coach of the Lions, taking a 2-14 team in 2009 and going to the playoffs in 2011. He was the Bills’ defensive coordinator in 2014 and worked in the NFL’s officiating office in 2015 before joining Pederson with the Eagles.
Even with just two Pro Bowl players since Schwartz got here — Malcolm Jenkins and Fletcher Cox — the Eagles have allowed the 7th-fewest points in the NFL since 2016. The Eagles had the NFL’s 4th-ranked defense during the 2017 Super Bowl season, their highest ranking since 2008.
The Eagle have allowed 17.0 points per game in six playoff games under Schwartz.
Five Eagles defensive coordinators have become NFL head coaches: Marion Campbell, Wade Phillips, Jeff Fisher, Todd Bowles and Sean McDermott.
Stefanski replaces Freddie Kitchens, fired after one season. He becomes the Browns’ eighth head coach since 2008.
Stefanski, a Philadelphia native, attended St. Joe’s Prep and Penn and began his coaching career at Penn before joining the Vikings as an entry-level assistant in 2006 under one-time Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress. He replaced one-time Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator during the 2018 season.
It's unclear how this will affect the Browns' pursuit of Eagles Vice President of Football Operations Andrew Berry.
He was with the Browns until early in 2019, when he left after then Browns-GM John Dorsey elected to hire Kitchens instead of Berry's choice, who happened to be Stefanski.
The Browns this weekend requested permission to interview Berry for GM vacancy that opened when they fired Dorsey.
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