Browns fire defensive coordinator Joe Woods

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The Browns will have a new defensive coordinator in 2023.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that they fired Joe Woods on Monday morning. The move comes a day after the Browns lost to the Steelers 28-14 to end the season with a 7-10 record.

Woods joined the Browns in 2020 after Kevin Stefanski was hired as the team’s head coach. They went to the playoffs and won a game that year, but they have gone 15-19 over the last two seasons and the team struggled to stop the run all season long. They also blew a two-score lead to the Jets in the final two minutes of a Week Two game and struggled throughout a four-game losing streak that sent them on their way to a losing record.

That led to many questions for Stefanski about Woods’ future. Stefanski stood behind Woods all season, but the start of the offseason meant it was time for the Browns to move in a new direction.

27 responses to “Browns fire defensive coordinator Joe Woods

  1. His firing was long overdue. The defense gotten progressively worse the last two years under Woods.

  2. The next DC that must go is Joe Barry in Green Bay. what a poor excuse for a defensive coach.expect he will be the next one very soon.

  3. Firing Joe Woods is a good start. Stefanski needs to take his head out of his Waffle House menu and give up play calling. Paul DePodesta (whatever he does) needs to go as well. The power struggle in upper management has killed this organization. At the end of the day, this mess is all on ownership!

  4. This needed to happen. Unfortunately, it is not the only change the Browns need to make. It would appear that Joe Woods is going to take the full load of the blame for another dismal season here in Cleveland. Stefanski should go. Andrew Barry should go. Haslam should go. Prediction: we’ll start out 2-7 or 3-6 next year, fire the coach mid year, and start all over again. Meanwhile, we’ll need to trade Chubb because we don’t have any draft capital, Garrett will become malcontent, and things will generally fall apart even worse than they already are. We tore it down to the studs for 1 lousy playoff win. 23 years of misery. The factory of sadness is the only factory still fully operational in Cleveland.

  5. Great so next season when ‘Ski gets canned we will waste next year doing what we should be doing now!!!!!

  6. Considering the offense constantly put the defense in bad situations bc your head coach wants to throw 40 times a game with backup QBs meanwhile ignoring the best rushing attack in the league. Stefanski should have been the first one to go.

  7. Much needed.never seen a defense with so many wide open recievers due to miscommunication.

  8. Don’t feel bad, Joe. You’re in good company and another victim of tradition. Because 60 years today, Art Modell fired Paul Brown and struck the match to ignite the dumpster fire that became Browns football. The bad news: Browns fans will likely never see championship football in Cleveland. The good news: The Browns will continue to feed championship teams produced by former Browns coaches and players: Bengals (Paul Brown); Steelers (Chuck Noll); Ravens (Bill Belichick’s best student ever–Ozzie Newsome). Consider the Dolphins (Don Shula) and 49ers (Bill Walsh), and it becomes clear that football left Cleveland 60 years ago. There’s a Super Bowl in you’re future, Joe. Bet on it.

  9. So finally they’re trying to get serious about their defense? Stefanski never should have fired Wilks when he was there the one year. He couldn’t help it that he worked for a moron in Kitchens. Joe Woods was not a good DC either in Denver or there. Some guys just aren’t cut out for promotion.

  10. Don’t let Poopantski make any decisions on this. He’s more loyal to his buddies than he is to the Browns.

  11. I don’t usually think that mid-season coaching changes are a good idea.

    But, in the case of Joe Woods, I think it would have made a difference.

    The Browns were abysmal against the run, often showing little heart or desire.

    It’s hard to think of much of anything they excelled in on defense.

    Woods didn’t make anything or anyone better. I wonder if the season could have been saved if he’d been dispatched sooner.

  12. Stinkfaski need to go this guy is lost on the sidelines my 5 year old grandson can call plays better than this guy

  13. Browns fans are in for a shock next year when the new DC gets the same results or worse from these overrated players. Truth is, the talent doesn’t measure up to the hype. I’m looking at Ward, Delpit, Johnson, Newsome, and the entire LB and DT room. All bark and no bite.

  14. Browns are a vast wasteland. The most hated organization in pro sports. They have earned the title.

  15. Yes, Woods gets fired and is the fall guy, but the Browns need to draft/recruit players who are better at reading/understanding a playbook (especially in the defensive backfield) as players were too often miscommunicating resulting in easy TDs for the opposition.

  16. vecchiaio says:
    January 9, 2023 at 8:21 am
    Don’t feel bad, Joe. You’re in good company and another victim of tradition. Because 60 years today, Art Modell fired Paul Brown and struck the match to ignite the dumpster fire that became Browns football. The bad news: Browns fans will likely never see championship football in Cleveland. The good news: The Browns will continue to feed championship teams produced by former Browns coaches and players: Bengals (Paul Brown);…..
    ————
    First, the Browns have had 8 championship teams that were in Cleveland. Second, which year did Paul Brown produce a championship with the Cincinnati Bengals????

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