I LOVE Jim Schwartz. Game changer of a hire. Worlds apart from Joe Woods
However, when someone makes the “well I guess Stefanski has been ok but it’s really just Jim Schwartz that’s getting it done” at least consider this. Schwartz didn’t merely take over last years defense:
Tomlinson, Harris, Hurst, Ogbo, ZaDarius, Thornhill and McLeod were all added. Most of the past theee years high round picks(JOK, Newsome, Wright, Emerson) on that side of the ball as well
On the offensive side of the ball, no major offensive acquisitions(sorry Elijah): rusty QB who misses several games and is now out for the year, Conklin out for the year game 1. Chubb out for the year game 2, Wills out, GM trades his vet backup QB to give a rookie the backup job from day one, and so on.
So yes, Schwartz has been a godsend but as both the head coach and on the offensive side of the ball, Stefanski has been coaching his ass off (which of course does not mean perfection because that doesn’t happen)
If I could change one Cleveland heartbreak it would be Game 7 2016 vs the Cubs. Tito, Andrew Miller and that team - I wanted that title for them more than for myself. Best managing I ever saw, and Andrew Miller was an absolute beast.