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Thursday, January 09, 2020 1:00 am


Ex-Lions coach is Browns' most experienced candidate

TOM WITHERS | Associated Press

CLEVELAND – Jim Schwartz began his NFL career as a gofer with the Browns. If he comes back, he can boss people around.

The Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator, who started out as a scout and errand runner under coach Bill Belichick in Cleveland, interviewed Wednesday to be the Browns' next coach. Schwartz has more head coaching experience than any of the team's other five candidates.

Schwartz, 53, had a five-year run as Detroit's coach, and he long has been regarded as one of the league's top assistants. Schwartz is not considered a front-runner for Cleveland's job, but he does have an impressive resume, which includes inheriting an 0-16 team in Detroit and taking it to the playoffs in his third season. Schwartz went 29-52 with the Lions.

Schwartz has spent the past four seasons with the Eagles, who have ranked in the top 5 in yards and points allowed three times with him in charge.

Owner Jimmy Haslam and his search committee, which includes chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta, have interviews scheduled with Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski on Thursday and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Friday.

Brady: 'I still have more to prove'

Whether Tom Brady will return as quarterback of the New England Patriots next season is still an open question. But the 42-year-old on Wednesday gave another indication that he isn't done playing football.

In an Instagram post to fans, Brady said “I still have more to prove” following a season that ended with the Patriots failing to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 2015.

“In both life and football, failure is inevitable,” he wrote. “You dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again.”

Extra points

Special teams coordinator John Fassel is leaving the Los Angeles Rams after seven seasons to take the same job with the Dallas Cowboys under new head coach Mike McCarthy. ... Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen has an ankle injury that limited him in practice. Also, wide receiver Stefon Diggs missed practice for the second straight day because of an illness. Nickel cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who was sidelined against New Orleans, remains out with a knee injury.

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