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Former Browns DC Jim O’Neil Hired to Take Over 49’ers Defense

With Ray Horton in place as the new Browns defensive coordinator, today former Browns DC Jim O’Neil moved on, taking a position with new 49’ers coach Chip Kelly as the teams new defensive coordinator.

While with the Browns, O’Neil’s defenses ranked 23rd and 27th overall, but the Browns did rank 9th in scoring defense in his first season, and while with Buffalo he was the outside linebacker coach and they put up 57 sacks, which should give hope to the 49ers staff.

It should be an interesting fit with the 49ers, as their defense was shredded by the Browns in the meeting late last season in what was the Browns last win.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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