Joe Woods is ready for a head coaching gig. He has been a defensive coordinator in four seasons in the NFL. He got kind of screwed by what the Denver Broncos did to the defensive personnel in 2018 in Wood’s second year as DC for Denver. In his first of 2017, the Broncos were third in yards allowed but 22nd in points. After Denver changed the team a bit, Woods’ defense fell to 22nd in yards allowed. But here is the thing: They moved up to 10th in points allowed. So Woods adjusted based on his personnel.
Woods has been the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns for the last two years. In 2020, the Browns were 14th in yards allowed and 21st in points. This season, however, Cleveland is 7th in yards allowed and third in points allowed. Woods’ defense either gets better or he gets the absolute best out of the players he is given.
Woods has coached mostly defensive backs when he wasn’t a coordinator. This is a lot like Pete Carroll before he became a head coach in the 1990s. Seattle with Carroll was built from the back end of the defense up and the way NFL offenses are made now, lots of movement and speed, building from the back up is a good thing. Plus, he would know how best to use Jamal Adams.
I get that Browns fans who are used to not being successful overreact to anything negative that happens to their team. The Patriots scored 45 points on the Browns in week 10. Cleveland seems to always fail to meet expectations as a franchise. Since week 10, Cleveland has allowed 26 points total. One of those games was to the Ravens when the Brown picked Lamar Jackson off 4 times. Woods schemed a plan that contained Jackson and few teams do that.
Woods could take over the defense and make it better for the Seahawks. He likely wouldn’t meddle much with the offense so the key would be who he hires as his offensive coordinator. But if he makes the right choice, Seattle would be better in 2022 than they are in 2021.