Posted January 01, 2014

Browns reportedly interested in Gus Malzahn; will name Jim Schwartz defensive coordinator

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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is represented by an agent with strong ties to the Cleveland Browns. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is represented by an agent with strong ties to the Cleveland Browns. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns are reportedly looking at Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn or Vanderbilt’s James Franklin to replace Rob Chudzinski, who was fired earlier this week after the team finished 4-12.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Tuesday that the Browns are “very interested” in naming one of them to lead the team next season.

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Cleveland is also expected to make former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, who was fired this week after a 7-9 record this season, the team’s defensive coordinator for 2014. The Browns’ current defensive coordinator, Ray Horton, has been given permission by the team to explore other options.

Schwartz, Malzahn, Franklin and Josh McDaniels — the Patriots offensive coordinator and another candidate to replace Chudzinski – are all represented by agent Jimmy Sexton, who has strong ties to the Browns organization.

Cleveland has interviews scheduled with several candidates for the head coaching vacancy but are doing “arduous legwork on Malzahn and Franklin,” according to La Canfora, and are “very intrigued by them,” with some sources saying that Malzahn is the the most likely to land the job in Cleveland.

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96 comments
badbeatya
badbeatya

Here's what they need to do to to salvage the franchise...Sign Michael Vick (i hear he's really popular w/ the dog pound) to a 2 year deal so he can mentor Johnny Manziel as the savior of Browns football.



CarterCollins
CarterCollins

The fact that the Browns believe that they can just "choose" who their coach will be is hilarious.  Gus Malzahn has repeatedly (meaning over and over and over) Stated that he HAS NO INTEREST in an NFL- or any other HC job.  The man will make around 4.5 million next year and that amount increases by a minimum if $250,000 each year for the next 5.

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

In case anyone was wondering why the Browns remain inept and a complete joke in the NFL.  Exhibit A.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Why would anyone want this job when they arent even allowed to pick their own staff. Its almost as though this ownership is attempting to sabotage this franchise in order to exile fans and then create a viable excuse to snatch another pro football team out of Cleveland. Those folks like my best friend are loyal and diehard fans to put up with this disgrace of a franchise. As a Raider fan I feel more sorry for them than us!

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

The Browns are hiring a Defensive Coordinator and then, later, are hiring a Head Coach?  Is this some sort of joke?

badbeatya
badbeatya

The Browns are a complete joke.  I feel for their fans.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

The ol' NFL retread carousel.

Even if you go 0-16 (take a bow, Rod Marinelli!) someone will hire you to stay in the NFL.


hozo1
hozo1

what a bunch of absolute morons!!!  hillbilly go home

RCH
RCH

With Schwartz coming on board the Browns defensive players may want to start practicing how to stomp on opposing players, body slam QB's, and other assorted 15 yard personal fouls. 

fishead015
fishead015

I don't see where it says they hired Schwartz just that it's likely.  Plus if you bring in a coach with no NFL experience you wouldn't give them full control to bring in their staff and draft players AKA Butch Davis.  You'd want some experienced NFL coordinators.  Also if we are all working on assumptions then maybe if the 4 all have the same agent maybe they all know each other and are willing to work with each other, just an assumption but that's all reporting is now a days…

5 pro bowlers 2 first round draft picks and an owner willing to spend money doesn't sound that bad.  

olansuddeth
olansuddeth

Didn't Malzahn just sign an extension with a raise?

ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

I hope Dallas looks into hiring Ray Horton as their next Defensive Coordinator

HornsNbr1
HornsNbr1

That would be a career-killing move for any coach. 

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

Shouldnt Haslem be in prison by now or did he claim affluenza too 

stagger
stagger

"Let's name a newly fired NFL coach, that still has aspirations of being a head coach, defensive coordinator. Then we'll hire a first time NFL head coach from a college program. Man, are we smart or what?"


This is going to be fun. Except for Cleveland fans. Sorry.

ki.nazir72
ki.nazir72

Bad move! Nothing personal again Coach Malzahn, he seems like a decent Coach and person, but the Browns needs help. He will be set up to fail there. He will be way over his head. You need a veteran like Cohwer, Gruden someone like that, the players will immediately respect on sight. Not someone who has to prove himself.

GTT
GTT

Good, get Malzahn out of the SEC. He's apparently an actual wizard and that's not fair.

Chuckster
Chuckster

Malzahn better stay at Auburn or take the UT job.  That O is a a workable college O but the NFL will chew up that ground game at that level.  You HAVE to be able to throw in the NFL.   Look at the Jets a couple of years ago....top 5 "D" in the league, top ground game and STILL only managed 9 and 11 wins.   QB is SO important at that level.

joe joe
joe joe

It seems yet again we have clueless owners, and front office in Cleveland.

Nine Vegetable
Nine Vegetable

Red flags just flew out of that article, didn't they?  As others have astutely pointed out, it is lunacy to hire a DC before hiring a head coach.

jacksonatl
jacksonatl

Malzahn would be better off going to Texas than Cleveland.  At least he can win at Texas.

mystafugee
mystafugee

Note to Gus Malzahn: if you think being in Auburn means more job security than Cleveland, ask Gene Chizik how much job security winning a national title gave him. 

Macker1283
Macker1283

I love how Cleveland hires a defensive coordinator before they hire a head coach.  Making the head coaching job at this dump oh so much more desirable.  "Oh, heres your office, this is your secretary, and heres your staff that we selected for you, hope you get a long with them...ok, good luck this season!"

6marK6
6marK6

Oh yeah, come to Cleveland. We have minimal talent and will fire you after one season. What a pitch.

Father_Ahab
Father_Ahab

Does anyone stop to realize that some of the crummiest NFL coaches in recent history are SEC masterminds? Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier are great SEC coaches who were an embarrassment to their NFL teams, and let's not forget recent SEC stalwarts like Mike Riley, Bobby Petrino, and--yes--Lane Kiffin who were NFL flameouts.


SEC and Big 12 coaches are superior recruiters, not necessarily superior tacticians. Haslam is from Tennessee, so I can understand the SEC blind spot, but this is ridiculous. 

DavidHunter1
DavidHunter1

@thebigdawg3 My thoughts exactly. Did their owner learn nothing during his association with the Steelers? The firing of Chudzinski was bizarre enough. Hiring a coordinator before hiring a head coach is beyond absurd.

falconspeach
falconspeach

@fishead015 Maybe.   I think you give that coach latitude, though.  Or set up a situation where the GM and coach work closely in making that decision.  But you certainly don't announce your desire for any particular coordinator.  That should be internal.  That should keep a quality candidate away.  

tonybot3
tonybot3

@stagger i don't see a problem with either of those things.  In fact, both of those actually be argued as selling points.    

Chuckster
Chuckster

@staggerWell, they can then draft Manziel and have a full 3-ring circus.   They'll make the Jets look organized and composed.

Chuckster
Chuckster

@ki.nazir72Good point.  Malzahn pulled the horseshoe out of his backside against GA and UA to sneak into the BCS Title game.  He loses both those games and AU is playing the FightHunger bowl.   Regardless, he's not NFL material yet.

Chuckster
Chuckster

@GTTThat's right... wizards are known to do a "flash in the pan" sort of trick.   I can see that happeneing

Choutsu
Choutsu

@Chuckster Auburn's offense looks like it does because Malzahn is working with what he has right now. It's not like if he was coaching an NFL team he would say "Alright guys, no passing". 


Do you remember when he was o-coordinator for Cam Newton at Auburn in 2010? I remember the passing attack being a big part of their arsenal and Malzahn mixing it in well, because Newton could sling it.

falconspeach
falconspeach

@jacksonatl If Malzahn leaves Auburn it would be to go the Browns, not the Longhorns; however I don't see either happening.

mashley278
mashley278

@Father_AhabActually Saban is an NFL (Houston Oilers, Cleveland Browns) product that produced in the SEC. He also went to...The Dolphins..co-owned by JLo and Jimmy Buffet...no one is going to win there until the ownership issue is fixed - a lot like the Redskins (Spurrier) and Browns. "Saban took over a 4-12 Dolphins team, improving Miami to a respectable 9-7 and second-place AFC East finish in 2005. The next year his Dolphins went 6-10 before Saban decided to move on to Alabama." And he did it with Gus Frerrotte and with Ricky Williams quitting. Which  big program college to NFL coaches HAVE succeeded? And don't say Chip Kelly (hasn't done anything yet) or Pete Carroll (he's an NFL to college guy). Jimmy Johnson? That is probably the only one you can call out. I think  your argument would be better suited to say that some coaches need to recruit to their strategies

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Father_AhabYour argument ran out of steam rather quickly due to lack facts.  Mike Riley?  The Oregon State coach who played at Alabama forty years ago but has never coached in the SEC?   Bobby Petrino?  The same guy who never coached in the SEC prior to taking the Falcons job?   And Lane Kiffin, who also never coached in the SEC prior to getting an NFL job?  Nice work.

fishead015
fishead015

@falconspeach the organization hasn't announced anything it's simply speculation, who's to say Schwartz even wants to coach this year maybe he wants a year off.  I heard he wants to sell cars in Detroit for a while…

i agree it's silly to name the DC first, I think it's more of an indictment of Horton who from local radio was more interested in his defensive numbers then wining games. 

No matter what the Browns due they will be ridiculed until they win, winning fixes everything.  



Chuckster
Chuckster

@Choutsu@ChucksterAnd he walks into Cleveland in almost the same situation as he did at Auburn where he didn't have a QB and employed an old HS offense (his words) to move the ball.    At Cleveland (even if they draft a QB....which they will), he has the same issue.   He's a good OC no doubt, but he's not ready for the NFL.

David214
David214

@6marK6 Minimal talent?  That would make sense if they didn't have 5 pro-bowlers.  Stupid comment.

Father_Ahab
Father_Ahab

@JoeCabot @Father_Ahab I was wrong to mention Riley. I was thinking of Rich Brooks (another former northwestern college coach) who failed at San Diego before making Kentucky a respectable program for a couple of years--a pretty incredible feat of coaching.


It doesn't matter if a crummy NFL coaching job preceded or followed SEC tenure. The leagues don't complement each other well.

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

Sec coaches get their face handed to them in the league. Saban, spurrier, and yes kiffin did coach in the sec! Get your facts straight before you try to correct someone else.

Phroggo
Phroggo

The way you're spouting off, redo, there's gotta be a long list of SEC coaches who made it big in the NFL. So lay it on us there's about 300 of us anxiously waiting at the moment.

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@Joseph RodockerHoly crap, you're dumb.  Do you even watch sports?  Kiffin was an NFL coach who went to the SEC after he was fired via a powerpoint presentation.

Sportsredo
Sportsredo

@Joseph Rodocker Kiffin was in Oakland in 2007 and 2008 which was BEFORE Tennessee (2009) bozo. Rodocker got rocked!!