Posted January 23, 2014

Report: Browns down to two finalists for head coaching job

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The Buffalo Bills defense led by Mike Pettine ranked 10th in the NFL last season. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Bills defense, led by DC Mike Pettine, ranked 10th in the NFL last season. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns  head-coaching search is down to two finalists and the team is expected to meet with each candidate Thursday before making its choice, reports ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.

According to the report, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is the favorite to get the job but the team has not made a decision yet. 

The Browns also interviewed Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter on Wednesday. Football Scoop reported that the team also went down to Florida to interview former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, but he is unlikely to be hired.

The Browns are the last NFL team to have a head coaching vacancy and are looking to replace Rob Chudzinski, who was fired after one season and a 4-12 record.

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42 comments
RobertSmith
RobertSmith

I'm one of the finalists and have the inside track.  The other finalist is Erik Taylor and the Browns haven't figured out yet that he is a fictional character.  Once they do their due diligence, I am in.

DAN B1
DAN B1

LEFTOVERS NEED TO BE MICROWAVED BEFORE EATING.


-MIKE LOMBARDI

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

More report....The Browns will hire someone no one has ever heard of again and fire him next year.

alhmiel1
alhmiel1

Browns have to fire the boob Mike Lombardi who is a nothing and a bum and clueless.  Lombardi has been a NFL bum for 30 years.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

They've narrowed their list to "any one who will even speak to us."

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

And those 2 are: "anyone want a job" and "whoever is desperate enough to work for the Browns"

tbost4321
tbost4321

Schiano? Seriously?  They might as well throw a call to Bobby Petrino at this point. 

JoeyBasinger
JoeyBasinger

the smartest choice left is Jim Tressel. He really wants the job. They didnt believe he was ready to take over at Ohio State from Youngstown either. If he thinks he can do it, I believe he can. I've learned over the years he'll prove you wrong. He is a winner. The other 2 guys have nothing to lose. It's a resume builder for them if they fail while they make a shitload of extra money. There is everything to lose for JT. At least interview him stooges!

Listening
Listening

The Browns are one of the teams I will go for (even though they have not been good in a while).  I'm not a fair weather fan but I am amazed at how many people have been offered the head coaching job and have turned it down.  Some of these people would be just about doubling their current pay and the Brown's still can not get them to come.  Rough days ahead.  Oh well....  we are used to it I guess.

pamperofirpo
pamperofirpo

This has to be the most botched firing and hiring of all time. The Browns front office and owner are complete idiots. Couldn't they see that the firing of Chud after less than one year would send red flags to any prospective candidate? Then, following interviews, McDaniels and Gase take their candidacy off the table. Jimmy Haslam (the crook) came in touting the Steeler Way, where they have had three coaches in the last 43 years. You watch. Whoever gets hired will be fired after one year with this group of morons.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

I think the title to this article should read: "Only two morons actually interested in Browns job"

MikeMapel
MikeMapel

It's simple at this point.  If anyone in Cleveland buys tickets and goes to games, it is no longer the front office's fault.  By selling out every game, the Browns fans show their approval of the product being given to them.  Basic consumerism. If I went to Chipotle and they pooped in my burrito would I ever go back?  No.  A Cleveland Browns fan would.  Why should the front office do anything the fans want, when they sell out every game anyway?  Haslam and Banner know this and that is why they have carte blanche power.  In the meantime Cleveland fans, be sure to push the sin tax forward to 2020 and make any renovations you can to Browns stadium with your tax dollars.

Loyalty?  Haslam, Banner and Lombardi are not from Cleveland.  Hoyer may be the only Cleveland -raised person on the roster.  The Browns aren't Cleveland people, they just prey on Cleveland people.



Kopernicus1967
Kopernicus1967

Usually if you go after an assistant coach, it is someone known to have had a profound effect on a winning teams success.


Let's take a quick look-see:


Buffalo: 6-10 season, 20th ranked defense.  And you want their coordinator?


Atlanta: 4-12 season, 20th ranked offense.  And you want their coordinator?


Worst off, you got rid of Chud with the same 4-12 record who was severely hampered by not having a decent QB all season.  These are the coaches you were waiting to hire?


Sorry Browns fans, you aren't going to be celebrating any SB berths for the foreseeable future.

Matthew W
Matthew W

They just fired a coach after all of 11 months after he couldn't clean up the train wreck that is Cleveland after 3 different QBs due to injuries. 


The coach DOESN'T have the final say on roster moves or the draft. 


Why would a decent coach want to take this job?

hfuhruhurr
hfuhruhurr

Perfect choices for the Browns:  I haven't heard of either of these guys.  And both Buffalo and Atlanta did real well so they'll be sure to bring their winning ways to Cleveland.  Combined they had 10 wins.  Both had the worst record in their division.  To whoever gets the job:  be better to be fired.

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

And either of these candidates are seriously worth what firing Chud has caused?  Players are upset. Fans are upset.  The coaching carousel reputation bolstered.  For what?  A lateral if not backwards move. The Browns management looks foolish yet again.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

GREG SCHIANO??? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA So typical of the Browns organization. A wholly incompetent coach. So of course Cleveland wants to talk to him.  Every other team in the AFC north is now guaranteed two wins.

newshamg
newshamg

@JoeyBasinger There is a reason that no NFL team came calling when "Smarmy Jim" was coach at the Suckeyes.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@Listening IMO it's because they fired the previous coach after one season.  Lots of coaches are willing to take over an untalented team if they're going to be given time to grow in the job and coach up young players into winners, but if the front office has no patience then you wonder if they realize just how bad their roster is.

jsmarkley
jsmarkley

@pamperofirpoKind of a misleading stat, since they had Chuck Noll for 23 yrs.  He's 1 of 4 pple to coach the same team for that long a time period. Agree w/ everything else tho. Browns mgmt is a hot mess. Think we need a pool to see what happens first, coach gets fired or Haslam goes to jail.

bawgs
bawgs

@MikeMapel That's ignorant...don't blame the fans... they have some of the best fans in the NFL. The fact that a sub par team can continually sell out is a credit to the fans. Believe it or not, they have nothing to do with the decisions made by the front office.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@Kopernicus1967 What's worse is, not only are they going to wind up with a C list coaching candidate, but whoever they hire they have to keep in the job for probably 3 years just to reassure the NEXT coach they want to hire that they're not going to fire him after one year like they did with Chud.


So by the time they can actually go out and hire an A-list coach, they'll have probably 4 bad seasons and no one will want the job because the GM and team president will be on the hot seat.


The Browns front office forgot that coaches are people.  They may act like football obsessed robots, but they have families and personal pride, and you can't just treat them like robots.  Even if you realized that Chudzinski was the worst coach in the history of coaches after only one season, you still have to give him a second season to turn things around.  You NEVER fire a coach after only one year unless he's caught doing something illegal or immoral.


If they were going to fire Chud after only one year then they needed to already have an A list candidate with a handshake deal to take over the team for a big pile of money.  Without a Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden already lined up, you don't make that move.

j7apple
j7apple

@Kopernicus1967  You seemed surprised? You do know your writing about Cleveland?  What is insanity?  Same thing over and over and over...........

GTT
GTT

@Kopernicus1967 This whole situation does make the organization appear hopelessly inept.

Akagi
Akagi

@hfuhruhurrAtlanta since Mike Smith has come to town has had a winning season every season save this one, made the playoffs four of the last six seasons, was the #1 seed and had the best record in the NFL last season and was less than 30 minutes away from the Super Bowl

Cool
Cool

@bobinpowell @JosephBagadoughnutz I think Tressel is the best choice at this point. Holding the "tattoo" scandal above his head is a bit childish... and has nothing to do with his coaching abilities.  Pete Carroll was a part of the USC scandal and a couple years removed he is coaching his team in the Super Bowl.  

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@bawgs@MikeMapel I actually agree with what he's saying to some extent.  Continuing to reward ownership for poor behavior isn't going to get them to change.

The only way fans can say, "we demand better" is by hitting the owners with negative reinforcement in the only way that they actually care.  The wallet.

Kopernicus1967
Kopernicus1967

@Akagi @hfuhruhurr Yes, and with all the pieces in place and 30 minutes worth of improvement to go, went 4-12.


I actually like the Atlanta organization.  But that was pathetic and shouldn't be rewarded by a head coaching job for your offensive coordinator.



falconspeach
falconspeach

@j7apple @GTT @Kopernicus1967 @Akagi @hfuhruhurr  That is what injuries to key players do.  A blip on the radar.  But I hope the Browns think the same way you do about Koetter since I don't want him to go.  And throw in the towel.  Injuries killed our season but they sure as heck didn't kill the fight.  

GTT
GTT

@Kopernicus1967 @Akagi @hfuhruhurr This is one Falcons fan who wants to keep Koetter. Injuries and terrible personnel along the O-line were the problems on offense this year, neither of which can be blamed on him.