Jeff Howard

Pass Game Coordinator/Defensive Backs

College: ENMU


Year with Browns: 3rd

Year as NFL coach: 10th

Key Notes

  • Joined the Browns in 2020 and helped the defense rank among the league leaders in takeaways, including leading the league in red zone takeaways. Helped CB Denzel Ward finish tied for second in the NFL with 18 passes defensed, despite only playing in 12 games.
  • Helped the Browns finish the 2021 season fifth in the NFL in total defense, marking just the third time since 1970 that the team has ranked in the top-five and the club's highest finish since 1987. The club also finished fifth in the league in pass defense, its highest finish since 2011. The Browns were one of just three NFL teams (Green Bay and San Francisco) to close 2021 in the top-12 in total defense, run defense and pass defense. Ward earned his second career Pro Bowl selection and recorded the longest interception return in the NFL in 2021 (99-yards). Also oversaw the development of first-round pick CB Greg Newsome II, who was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team.
  • Served as the defensive coordinator for the West team in the 2022 East-West Shrine Bowl. *