5. Brandon Lynch, Cornerbacks Coach, Cleveland Browns
One staff a lot of teams will be looking at when it comes to hiring next offseason is the Cleveland Browns, at least on the defensive side of the ball. For a few seasons now, it has always seemed as though the Browns have had lots of talent on defense, but they have not been able to put it all together.
This season, though, they have finally done so. The Browns are arguably the league's best defense through the halfway point on the season. Cleveland is allowing a league-low 234.8 yards per game, which is about 30 yards higher than the second-place Ravens. They are sixth in sacks, first in third down percentage and third in points allowed.
A big reason why they've been so successful is, yes, due to their ability to pressure the quarterback. But, their secondary has been stout. The Cleveland defense is the number one pass defense in the league, allowing just 145 yards per game through the air.
Cornerbacks coach Brandon Lynch should definitely get some looks, as should Chris Kiffin, the defensive line coach. Either one of these guys would be well-worth interviewing. Lynch has been coaching defensive backs in the NFL since 2020 and is also a former player, so he knows the game from that standpoint.