Browns fire defensive coordinator Joe Woods

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The Cleveland Browns have fired defensive coordinator Joe Woods following their disappointing 2022 season.

Woods was hired in 2020 when Kevin Stefanski took over as head coach, and their partnership quickly produced results as the Browns reached the Divisional round of the AFC playoffs in Stefanski's first season.

But the Browns have since failed to replicate their success of 2020 and followed up an 8-9 2021 campaign by going 7-10 in 2022.

The Cleveland defense fared well in 2021, finishing 13th by points allowed and fifth by yards allowed.

Those numbers dropped off significantly in 2022, with the Browns 20th by points allowed and 14th in yards allowed.

A significant problem area for the Browns was giving up explosive plays. They conceded 65 plays of 20 yards or more; only 10 teams allowed more.

The Browns also struggled to defend the run, giving up 135.2 yards per game on the ground, with Cleveland ranked 25th in that regard.

"I'd like to thank Joe for his hard work and dedication in his three seasons as our defensive coordinator," Stefanski said.

"I will always have the utmost respect for Joe, the person and the coach.

"Unfortunately, we didn't perform up to our standards enough this season, and we all share in that responsibility.

"We all wish Joe and his family the best in the future."