Mount St. Joseph's graduate Jim Schwartz was a head coach of the Detroit Lions for five years and defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2014. The Bills led the league in sacks that season.
Mount St. Joseph's graduate Jim Schwartz was a head coach of the Detroit Lions for five years and defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2014. The Bills led the league in sacks that season. (Tom Szczerbowski / Getty Images)

Former Detroit Lions coach and Mount St. Joseph's graduate Jim Schwartz is a candidate for the Cleveland Browns' head-coaching position, according to Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.

Schwartz, 49, spent 2015 working for the NFL after a year as defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. In 2014, his one season as the Bills' defensive coordinator, the team led the NFL with 54 sacks.

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He was head coach of the Lions from 2009-13, going 29-51-0 in five regular seasons. Schwartz did lead the Lions to the playoffs in 2011, their first trip to the postseason since 1999.

A former defensive coordinator with the Tennessee Titans from 2002-08, he has also been mentioned as a head-coaching candidate with the Titans.

Schwartz worked in Cleveland from 1993-95 as a member of Bill Belichick's personnel staff. He also was an outside linebackers coach with the Ravens from 1996-98.

Other candidates for the Browns' head-coaching job, according to reports, include former Ravens defensive backs coach Teryl Austin, now the Lions' defensive coordinator, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and former Bills head coach Doug Marrone.

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