Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski (left) shakes hands with Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz following the preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cleveland Browns Expected to Hire Jim Schwartz as Defensive Coordinator

Fresh off his firing from the Detroit Lions, it may not take long for Jim Schwartz to find a new job. He hasn’t been linked to any of the current head coaching vacancies but Schwartz is in the Cleveland Browns’ plans according to Jason La Canfora’s sources:

The Cleveland Browns are very interested in interviewing Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin for their head coaching vacancy, according to league sources, and are expected to hire Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator.

Schwartz was a highly regarded defensive coordinator before taking the Lions head coaching job and it doesn’t seem his star is shining any less brightly, at least with those in the Browns organization. More from La Canfora:

Schwartz, recently fired as head coach of the Lions, is held in high regard by some in the Browns organization and he is the prime candidate to replace Horton, league sources said. Particularly if Malzahn is hired, who has a limited NFL background, it would be imperative that the Browns have some established NFL coaches around him.

In a series of surprising events, the Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season then parted ways with Ray Horton, who immediately becomes one of the best defensive coaches on the open market.

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