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Browns promote senior defensive assistant Ben Bloom to run game coordinator after impressive season

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Posted at 3:00 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 15:00:07-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have promoted an integral part of the team’s rush defense, naming Ben Bloom the run game coordinator Monday afternoon.

Bloom joined the Browns last year as a senior defensive assistant after spending the last nine years with the Dallas Cowboys in various roles, including defensive line coach and linebackers coach.

Under Bloom, the Browns rush defense flourished, ranked ninth in the league, allowing an average of 110.8 yards per game—a drastic improvement from 2019 when the team allowed an average of 144.7 yards per game, ranked 30th in the league.

The Browns were able to hold opponents to less than 100 rushing yards in half of their regular-season games.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski said at the end of the Browns season that he expected the coaching staff to remain intact as they prepared from the 2021 season, and that holds true with Bloom who will continue his time in Cleveland, albeit with a higher title this season.

“Ben put together all of our run game plans. He presented that to us as a staff and he presented it to the team. He's very detailed, very thorough, and knows exactly what you need to do to stop an opponent. I'm happy for him and I'm glad we have a chance to keep him for at least another year,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said of Bloom.

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BROWNS 2021 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · W · Sat 8/14 · 7:00 PM at Jacksonville Jaguars (23-13)
WEEK 2 · W · Sun 8/22 · 1:00 PM vs. New York Giants (17-13)
WEEK 3 · W · Sun 8/29 · 8:00 PM at Atlanta Falcons (19-10)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · L ·Sun 9/12 · 4:25 PM EST at Kansas City Chiefs (29-33)

WEEK 2 · W · Thu 9/19 · 1:00 PM EST Houston Texans (31-21)

WEEK 3 · Sun 9/26 · 1:00 PM EST Chicago Bears (FOX)

WEEK 4 · Sun 10/3 · 1:00 PM EST at Minnesota Vikings (CBS)

WEEK 5 · Sun 10/10 · 4:05 PM EST at Los Angeles Chargers (CBS)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/17 · 4:05 PM EST Arizona Cardinals (FOX)

WEEK 7 · Thu 10/21 · 8:20 PM EST Denver Broncos (FOX/NFLN/AMZ)

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/31 · 1:00 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/7 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/14 · 1:00 PM EST at New England Patriots (CBS)

WEEK 11 · Sun 11/21 · 1:00 PM EST Detroit Lions (FOX)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/28 · 8:20 PM EST at Baltimore Ravens (NBC)

WEEK 13 · BYE

WEEK 14 · Mon 12/12 · 1:00 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 15 · Dec. 18/19 · TBD Las Vegas Raiders (TBD)

WEEK 16 · Sat 12/25 · 4:30 PM at Green Bay Packers (FOX/NFLN/AMZ)

WEEK 17 · Mon 1/3 · 8:15 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN)

WEEK 18 · Sun 1/9 · 1:00 PM EST Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)