BEREA, Ohio (WKBN) – The Cleveland Browns have officially fired defensive coordinator Joe Woods, the team announced on Monday.
The shakeup to the coaching staff comes on the heels of the Browns 28-14 loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
The loss in the regular season finale secured a record of 7-10 for Cleveland.
The Browns have now posted a losing record in each of the last two seasons.
Woods has been with the Browns since 2020 when head coach Kevin Stefanski was hired.
“I’d like to thank Joe for his hard work and dedication in his three seasons as our defensive coordinator,” head coach Kevin 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.”
The Browns’ defense struggled throughout the season, allowing 331.5 yards per game which ranked them 14th in the NFL.
They were fifth in the league in passing defense, allowing an average of 196.2 yards per game. Cleveland also struggled against the run, ranking 25th in the league with an average of 135.2 yards allowed per game.
Woods previously served as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos from 2017-2018. He later was the 49ers’ defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator in 2019 prior to coming to Cleveland.