Saints Interviewing Former Browns DC Joe Woods

According to Tom Pelissero, the Saints are interviewing former Browns DC Joe Woods for their newly-vacated defensive coordinator job. 

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Woods was fired by the Browns after the 2022 season but Pelissero points out he worked with HC Dennis Allen, who has a big say on the defensive side of the ball anyway, in 2014 with the Raiders. 

The Saints had co-defensive coordinators in 2022 but Ryan Nielsen took the Falcons DC job and New Orleans moved on from Kris Richard yesterday. 

Woods, 52, began his NFL coaching career with the Buccaneers back in 2004 as their defensive backs coach. After a few years in Tampa Bay, Woods took the same position with the Vikings where he remained for eight years before catching on with the Raiders in 2014.

The Broncos brought Woods in as their defensive backs before promoting him to defensive coordinator in 2017. The 49ers hired Woods in 2019 as their defensive passing game coordinator.

Woods was hired by the Browns as their defensive coordinator in 2020 and remained in the position for three seasons. 

In 2022, the Browns defense ranked No. 14 in total yards allowed, No. 5 in passing yards allowed, No. 25 in rushing yards allowed and No. 20 in points per game with Woods as their defensive coordinator.

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