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    Browns Head Coach Search

    The Browns wasted no time in beginning their off-season. HC Kenny Kitchens was fired not too long after the team made the trip home from Cincinnati after Sunday's game. Kitchens was the first NFL Head Coach to lose his job after the 2019 season. The decision had already been made before the game versus the Bengals and the outcome of that game would not change things.

    There was always the question from the past: Why would any coach want to go to Cleveland? The answer is talent. This is the most talented team Cleveland has had since they came back into the league. Another obvious answer, coaches desire an opportunity to become a Head Coach in the NFL. All of these guys believe they are the one who can turn things around. All of that to say, I believe this job will have plenty of takers.

    The Browns have compiled a list of Head Coaches they are interested in. They should have that pretty handy since most of the work has been done in years past.

    Here's a list of coaches they plan to interview as of today:

    1. Josh McDaniels, Pats OC. The Canton, Ohio native and John Carrol University grad is reported to like Baker Mayfield. He would probably bring the QB Coach, Nick Casario with him from the Pats. The two are friends from John Carrol days. McDaniels interviewed with the Browns for 8 hrs in 2014 then took himself out of the running. He was not interviewed last season. Some have reported that this was due to the the fact John Dorsey was in the driver's seat at Cleveland and Dorsey is friends with the Colts GM Chris Ballard and his former right-hand man in Kansas City. McDaniels did not endear himself to Ballard and the Colts when he backed out of his commitment to become their HC. This is probably why there are reports that John Dorsey's job may be the next one eliminated with the Browns. McDaniels is said to want a say in the structure of the front office. This may spell the end to Dorsey in Cleveland. The problem is, Cleveland will have to wait until the Patriots lose a playoff game or after the Superbowl.

    2. Kevin Stefanski, Vikings OC. He was interviewed last season, as well.

    3. Greg Roman, Ravens OC.

    4. Robert Saleh, 49ers DC. The only defensive guy on their list so far.

    5. Mike McCarthy, former HC of the Packers.

    6. Bill's OC Brian Daboll. He was OC in Cleveland for two seasons under Eric Mangini. He also has a NCAA Championship under Nick Saban at Alabama and five Superbowl rings with the Pats.

    7. Mike LaFleur, 49ers Passing Game Coordinator per ESPN.

    Link to an article by Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com: Browns request permission to interview Josh McDaniels, Patriots OC; he’s believed to be their first choice - cleveland.com
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    We can add Mike McDaniel to the list. He is currently the 49ers run game coordinator. That makes three 49ers who will get an interview when Cleveland goes out there this week. I guess they are maximizing their time while in SF.

    McDaniel was wide receivers coach when Shanahan was the OC in Cleveland.

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    As was reported in another thread, John Dorsey is out as GM. Haslems are cleaning house.

    The report is that Dorsey was asked to take a diminished. Since 2017, he has been second only to Haslem. The Head Coach answered to the GM. Dorsey picked the last Head Coach and that didn't work out so well. Haslem lost confidence in Dorsey and asked him to release some of his power and basically become more of a personnel guy. The analytics guy Dipodesta liked Stephani last year for HC. Dorsey liked Kitchens and Haslem went with his choice. It appears Haslem is going to restructure some of the organization. At any rate, Dorsey declined to take a lesser role and so he and the Browns parted ways.

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    Train wreck. There is a reason this franchise was the worst team of the last decade. Good luck to them going forward.

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    Any head coach who accepts a deal shorter than 5 years in Cleveland is making a mistake.

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    Haslem is a billionaire and doesn't seem to mind paying the salary of someone who no longer works for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgrappler View Post
    As was reported in another thread, John Dorsey is out as GM. Haslems are cleaning house.

    The report is that Dorsey was asked to take a diminished. Since 2017, he has been second only to Haslem. The Head Coach answered to the GM. Dorsey picked the last Head Coach and that didn't work out so well. Haslem lost confidence in Dorsey and asked him to release some of his power and basically become more of a personnel guy. The analytics guy Dipodesta liked Stephani last year for HC. Dorsey liked Kitchens and Haslem went with his choice. It appears Haslem is going to restructure some of the organization. At any rate, Dorsey declined to take a lesser role and so he and the Browns parted ways.
    Another example for people who think just getting a GM automatically would make things better for the Bengals. The Browns have had multiple GMs, and each GM is suppose to be the guy that is going to get them fixed. Yet they still have only made the playoffs once since they been back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldweatherfan View Post
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    That's a classic. Need to also put an ad during free agency "No Divas Need Apply".

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    "Strong interest" in Urban Meyer being reported.

    Zero chance he takes that job.

    They are also interviewing Mike McCarthy.

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    I really hope they don't hire Urban.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldweatherfan View Post
    I really hope they don't hire Urban.
    Why!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldweatherfan View Post
    I really hope they don't hire Urban.
    I can't see any scenario he takes that job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    "Strong interest" in Urban Meyer being reported.

    Zero chance he takes that job.

    They are also interviewing Mike McCarthy.
    I don't think the Browns are interested in Urban Meyer and I doubt they were interested in the Baylor coach, contrary to some reports.

    Haslem gave a press conference and he was asked about Urban Meyer. He said something like, "Right now we are just focusing on people with NFL experience."

    These are the characteristics they are looking for in a Head Coach:

    1. Strong leader. The players told him they want a strong leader.

    2. Smart.

    3. Good football acumen.

    4. Will work within the organization for the best result. Not someone who says, "It's my way or the highway." That rules out Belichick, Paul Brown and Vince Lombardi.

    5. A continuous learner.

    6. A CEO Coach who can manage all the demands of the position and not a glorified coordinator. I guess he learned from the Kitchens hire.

    In addition, Haslem said he will hire the coach first and give him a say in who the GM will be. The Head Coach will not solely pick the GM but it will be a collaborative decision with ownership, Dipodesta (head of football operations and an analytics guy), and the Head Coach. He recognizes the importance of the GM and HC relationship.

    When asked what confidence the fans can have that he'll get it right this time, Haslem replied, "Let's be honest, there are no guarantees." He went on to give the above criteria.

    They are busy interviewing a slew of candidates who seem to be interested in the job. McDaniels may be interviewed on Jan. 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by futurecoach View Post
    Why!
    College coaches, with no NFL experience, have very seldom had success at the pro level. It's an entirely different game.

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