Posted January 15, 2014

Browns owner: Team ‘purposely very methodical’ in coaching search

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Jimmy Haslem (David Dermer/Getty Images)

Jimmy Haslem purchased the Browns for $1.05 billion in 2012. (David Dermer/Getty Images)

Browns owner Jimmy Haslem felt the need to send a letter to season ticket holders on Wednesday explaining why the process to hire a new head coach is taking so long when teams like the Titans and Lions have already made hires.

After Josh McDaniels and Todd Bowles withdrew their names from consideration for the Browns’ job, it was beginning to seem like Cleveland kept getting left at the alter by its prized candidates.

But Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is the team’s top choice, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, and they’ve also interviewed Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Since both teams are still playing, the Browns haven’t been able to make a hire.

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Here is the letter, as obtained by Rapoport.

Fans,

I thought it was important to take a little bit of time to update you on our head-coach search. We have had the opportunity to speak to a number of outstanding candidates. We have purposefully been very methodical in our approach. We believe it is very important to stay disciplined to this process and to interview all of the candidates on our list. We are strongly committed to finding the right person to coach the Cleveland Browns.

We understood from the beginning that if we wanted to speak to all of the coaches on our list that we may need to wait until they have completed their participation in the playoffs. We are prepared to wait as long as necessary because this is a very important decision. Everyone in our organization is committed to finding the right leader for our team.

We believe the head coach of the Cleveland Browns to be a very attractive position. We have one of the youngest teams in the League, a roster that includes five Pro Bowlers. In addition, we have more salary-cap room than all but one NFL team. We also have three of the top 35 picks in the upcoming draft and five of the top 83 selections.

We are very much looking forward to adding a strong coach to our football team. On behalf of the Cleveland Browns, I cannot thank you enough for your valuable support and passion that you show for our team.

We look forward to communicating with you again after the search process is complete. Thank you again for your phenomenal support and loyalty.

The Browns have made the playoffs only once (2002) since they were reincarnated in 1999. Since Cleveland came back into the league, it’s had seven coaches, two winning seasons and 11 years of at last 11 losses.

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13 comments
btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Have they posted on indeed yet? Nobody wants that gig...

TerrapinStation87
TerrapinStation87

Was the approach to draft Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden also a methodical one?

Cool
Cool

Adam Gase isn't really the OC of the Bronco's and anyone who thinks he is needs to have their head examined.  He has Manning come into his office and sit behind his desk and give him the plans and schemes for the week.  When the game begins he wears the headset to look like he is involved... while everyone knows Manning is again looking over the defense in front of him and making his own calls.

Mike26
Mike26

The "methodical" approach is being taken by the CANDIDATES for the job, NOT the team.  They'll be lucky to find an ADEQUATE coach at this time  - but if they get lucky they MAY find the "right" one for them.

Thomas9
Thomas9

Translation: all the good candidates are taken or won't touch the browns with a custom made 11' pole, so we're still looking for someone we won't want to fire by week 7.

JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

Jim Haslem will be forced to sell the team when his company settles the fraud charges it faces after ripping off truck drivers and trucking companies of their fuel rebate fees.  After firing Chudzinski after just one season, no coach will sign on with the Browns if they have any other opportunity.

Delegator
Delegator

Any team that fires 3 coaches in 5 years has to methodically go through the phone book page by page in order to find somebody to take the job.

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

One person's methodical approach is another person's clueless approach.

Frank14
Frank14

methodical in their approach--code for avoiding some of the idiot hires being made. houston e.g.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Mike26  Agreed. This is the same "methodical" approach that Jerry Jones, Dan Snyder and Al Davis have perfected over the years to find that "perfect" combination of naivete, desperation, vulnerability and affordability in their next fall guy, I mean, coach.

tonybot3
tonybot3

@Thomas9 name one single good candidate who is not currently in the playoffs.