Report: Browns will hire Steve Wilks or Joe Woods as defensive coordinator

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The Browns reportedly had Wade Phillips and George Edwards on their list of defensive coordinator candidates. The list, though, has narrowed.

Jim Trotter of NFL Media reports that new coach Kevin Stefanski will hire either Steve Wilks or Joe Woods as his defensive coordinator.

The team is expected to have a decision soon, Trotter adds.

Wilks, the Browns’ current defensive coordinator, would have gotten the job last year had the Browns hired Stefanski then.

Wilks, 50, was the Cardinals’ head coach in 2018. He previously has served as an assistant coach with the Bears, Chargers and Panthers, including as the defensive coordinator in Carolina in 2017.

Woods is in his first season as the 49ers’ defensive backs/passing game coordinator. He joined San Francisco after spending four seasons with the Broncos, two as defensive coordinator and two as defensive backs coach.

Woods also has served on the staffs of the Raiders, Vikings and Buccaneers in his career.

10 responses to “Report: Browns will hire Steve Wilks or Joe Woods as defensive coordinator

  1. Well this will go over well with a fan base that wants Wilks gone perhaps more than they don’t want Stefanski.

  2. Does it really matter? Clueless owner gives Harvard boy the keys to the franchise and lets him pick the head coach. The new head coach is way overrated and has proven nothing with his specialty which is on the offensive side of football. Further, hiring a defensive coach is that on brainchild Paul D. or a new head coach who doesn’t want a good football mind below him. Ouch, it’s going to be ugly in Cleveland.

  3. I would expect the organization that gave the keys to the ship to Freddie Kitchens to choose Steve Wilks.

  4. 19dead2 says:
    January 14, 2020 at 8:47 pm
    Does it really matter? Clueless owner gives Harvard boy the keys to the franchise and lets him pick the head coach. The new head coach is way overrated and has proven nothing with his specialty which is on the offensive side of football. Further, hiring a defensive coach is that on brainchild Paul D. or a new head coach who doesn’t want a good football mind below him. Ouch, it’s going to be ugly in Cleveland.

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    On the bright side this years head coach has 17 games as an offensive coordinator, which is more than the 8 games as offensive coordinator that last years head coach had
    The Browns are making improvements

  5. No way they make the smart hire of Stephanski & then hire an absolute albatross like Wilks. He has literally failed at every job he has had. Of course, it would be the Browns thing to do.

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