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Report: Jim Schwartz appears to be out of the running for the Browns’ head coaching job

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Returning for a fifth season in Philly?

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Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz officially interviewed for the Cleveland Browns’ head coaching vacancy earlier this week but it looks like he won’t be getting the job.

The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin reports the Browns’ decision appears to be down to one of three offensive coordinators: Josh McDaniels, Kevin Stefanski, or Brian Daboll. Volin also notes that a decision is expected to be finalized by Saturday (tomorrow).

The Browns are the only NFL team remaining without a head coach so it looks like Schwartz is bound to return as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator for the fifth straight season. Doug Pederson was ambiguous about Schwartz’s job status earlier in the week but was much more definitive talking about Schwartz earlier this morning on SportsRadio 94WIP:

ANGELO CATALDI: The news conference raised some questions about Jim Schwartz. Can you clarify in our mind your working relationship with Jim?

DOUG PEDERSON: Jim and I have a great working relationship and I was excited to see that he had an opportunity to become, or at least interview for, a head coaching position [with the Cleveland Browns]. I think what he’s done with our defense and, really, the job he’s done for the four years, has been tremendous. So, he and I have a great relationship, and the other thing is, if he doesn’t get that job, he’s definitely my defensive coordinator moving forward.

Schwartz seemingly returning as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator is good news. Philadelphia has allowed the fewest home points per game in the NFL and the fifth fewest overall points per game since he was hired in 2016. The Eagles could definitely be worse off.