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Report: Spurned by Kelly, Browns could turn focus to Gruden

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Apparently not content to limit the applicant pool to rising NFL assistants, the Browns seem eager to jump into the deep end again.

After being spurned by Oregon’s Chip Kelly, the Browns might be ready to pursue Jon Gruden, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Cabot points out Gruden’s Sandusky, Ohio-roots, and the University of Tennessee link to owner Jimmy Haslam.

Both denied a previous report that Haslam offered Gruden a stake in his new team, and it will be interesting to see how they respond to this one.

It’s clear by the aggressive push they made for Kelly that Haslam wants the Browns to make a splash as much as find a football coach.

And at this point, Gruden’s probably the closest thing left to a cannonball that’s out there.

UPDATE 6:44 p.m. ET:  A source with direct knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Gruden is not on the Browns’ radar screen.  So it was fun while it lasted.  Even though it barely lasted an hour.

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59 Responses to “Report: Spurned by Kelly, Browns could turn focus to Gruden”
  1. mazblast says: Jan 7, 2013 5:46 PM

    Not nearly glamorous enough for Jon Gruden, Celebrity .500 Coach (TM). If I’m wrong, it’s a tragedy for Browns fans and a blessing for MNF fans everywhere.

  2. jackblackshairyback says: Jan 7, 2013 5:47 PM

    Can we please just stop with “might” and “sources”….

  3. fdugrad says: Jan 7, 2013 5:47 PM

    CANNONBALL?! With his rather so-so overall W /L record, coach G. is more like a minnie-ball.

  4. brownsfan39 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:47 PM

    Sign Gruden or Cowher! Go Browns!

  5. ctown66 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:49 PM

    gotta love the spirit of this guy

  6. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 7, 2013 5:49 PM

    Only those with no other options go to Cleveland. It’s a one-way street to failure.

  7. niles6590 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:49 PM

    Enough with the speculations…I’m a Browns fan and I love the fact we’re making news (even though it’s after our season is done…as usual) but I’m really getting sick of these stories of “maybe” and “could”. No more until they sign someone, please!!

  8. slowclyde86 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:49 PM

    The Browns also could turn focus to Paul Brown’s corpse. Now that I wrote it, you can go ahead and quote it in your next speculative post.

    Hey, this unsubstantiated rumor mongering is great fun!

  9. denverdude7 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:50 PM

    Gruden isn’t stupid enough to take over this train wreck is he?

  10. fmwarner says: Jan 7, 2013 5:50 PM

    If it keeps him out of Philadelphia, it’s all good with me.

  11. donjuan1906 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:51 PM

    As a Browns – I’m gonna be honest and a realist about this. Guys like Gruden and Cowher are not going to be ANYONES second option. Period!

    Jimmy Haslam needs to go after someone that has three (3) qualities – 1. a progressive track record in jobs received, 2. hungry for a head coach opportunity in the NFL and 3. someone who WANTS to come to Cleveland and make it their own, given an ample time (at least 5 years) to get the roster and player personnel to their liking.

    It’s just that simple

  12. vicvinegar1 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:51 PM

    This feels like a longshot at this point but this would be the best hire Haslam could make. He has the energy and fire we need at the head coaching position. He’s the perfect anti-shurmur to pump some life into this team and more importantly help out our eternal struggles at qb. We already have (or tried) to run a west coast offense and have the makings of a solid 4-3 defense that will only get better. He’d fit perfectly and I would be overjoyed if he became the next head coach. Go Browns!!

  13. tsutor88 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:51 PM

    I don’t see Gruden choosing the browns for his possible return. The eagles or bears are a more logical option for a coach of his caliber

    He stated he is happy with mnf anyway so none of them seem likely

  14. kingdm8 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:52 PM

    It’s probably about that time when the Browns should start to focus on coaches that actually want the job.

  15. billycundiff says: Jan 7, 2013 5:52 PM

    Still don’t see the attraction to Gruden. He was okay at best in Oakland, won in Tampa with Dungy’s team, alienated his players, and got fired. Yeah, that’s who I want to coach my team. Poor Browns fans.

  16. maybenextyearbrowns says: Jan 7, 2013 5:53 PM

    *rolls eyes*

  17. mcjon22 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:54 PM

    That better be Jay they’re chasing because there isn’t a snow balls chance in hell John Gruden is leaving MNF to coach in Cleveland

  18. codysteeler says: Jan 7, 2013 5:54 PM

    Gruden will be in the booth on MNF next year and in the future, will not return to coaching or all NFL teams will be in outrage against Gruden gaining insite about their gameplans that he has gotten as a MNF announcer

  19. alewatcher says: Jan 7, 2013 5:55 PM

    fmwarner says: Jan 7, 2013 5:50 PM

    If it keeps him out of Philadelphia, it’s all good with me.

    ———-
    Anything that gets him off MNF is good with me.

  20. dredddog says: Jan 7, 2013 5:55 PM

    January 2013-Jimmy Haslem > Dan Snyder January-2014 Dan Snyder> Jimmy Haslem smh

  21. steelers88 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:57 PM

    Sorry Browns fans Cowher wouldn’t waste his time!

  22. teal379 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:58 PM

    billycundiff says:
    Jan 7, 2013 5:52 PM
    Still don’t see the attraction to Gruden. He was okay at best in Oakland, won in Tampa with Dungy’s team, alienated his players, and got fired. Yeah, that’s who I want to coach my team. Poor Browns fans.

    I believe he’s 100-85 with a ring for a record.

    He won with a team Dungy couldn’t get to the SB but beat the team he built in Oakland. That Oakland team under Callahan didn’t even change the audibles or plays at all from what Gruden had installed. Lynch was calling the plays to the defense as Gannon called his audible – 5 INTs in that game because the D knew what was coming on EVERY play.

    I’m not saying Gruden’s the guy for Cleveland, most likely he’s not, but Gruden is far from garbage as a HC.

  23. pillaging4fun says: Jan 7, 2013 5:59 PM

    Lol. Not gonna happen. Best case scenario would bey JAY gruden, Bruce Arians or Lovie Smith

  24. emmac13 says: Jan 7, 2013 5:59 PM

    London Fletcher is from Cleveland and retiring. He will also get a upper box to protect his peeps.

  25. gking11 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:00 PM

    No, no, no, NO.

    Arians or Whisenhunt, they both cut their teeth in the brutal AFC North, and that’s what we need.

    No more pansy West Coast Offense, either. Switching our D back to the 4-3 was the best thing we ever did. Now we need to do a similar thing with the O.

  26. geniusesq says: Jan 7, 2013 6:02 PM

    Nobody with options wants the Cleveland job. It’s like the University of Tennessee job. Fill it with a coordinator looking for a HC Job. Nobody else wants to be there if they have a choice.

    The dude with the cornrows from Arizona. Hire that dude. He’d love it. Cowher & Gruden aren’t coming back for Cleveland.

  27. thestatsishere says: Jan 7, 2013 6:02 PM

    This is getting more annoying than Favre Watch.

  28. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: Jan 7, 2013 6:03 PM

    They offered Jon Gruden a stake in the team. Isn’t this like offering a lifeboat captain a stake in the Titanic in return for a ride as the Titanic is almost completely under water???

  29. donmcg2012 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:07 PM

    Just get it done., Like I have said for several years now, my Browns off season is much more interesting than the regular season and quite frankly I’m getting sick of that.

  30. runwright44 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:10 PM

    When Haslam and Banner fired Shumur and Heckert they said they would move quickly. It’s been a week; no coach, no GM. Wasting time with a prima dona college coach and trying to put a positive spin on that debacle. At this rate these guys will make Learner look like a good owner.

  31. denverdude7 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:10 PM

    95% chance the Browns bring in Marty Schottenheimer. You heard it here first, but I got it from a reliable source close to the situation…the Browns janitor.

  32. pacodawg says: Jan 7, 2013 6:12 PM

    I am happy in my job too. Show me the money and I am out of here.

  33. newkirk850 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:12 PM

    She is the same one who said that Kelly was close to signing. Can’t really take what she has to say seriously. Stop trying to hire the “big name” coach and hire someone who is willing to go there and try to make a diffrernce.

  34. kingmj4891 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:14 PM

    What about Mike Holmgren…….oh wait never mind………….

  35. jimmysee says: Jan 7, 2013 6:14 PM

    Cleveland is the place coaches go to die.

  36. dawglb says: Jan 7, 2013 6:18 PM

    This fan base wants something “big”. This owner wants to provide something big to them. Gruden, regardless of his record would be “big”! Get r done!

  37. theuncletodd says: Jan 7, 2013 6:19 PM

    Screw the ‘big splash’ hiring. Just get someone in here who’s got a fire in his belly, who WANTS to be here (not Kelly), and that is organized. Keep Jaruon as DC, we’re $47 million under the cap, Kosar is going to part of the ‘smarts’ of the team again (finally). And don’t blow up the roster!!

  38. freemantowilliams says: Jan 7, 2013 6:25 PM

    I’m a bucs fan and ill say right now that this is a bad idea. Yes gruden won us a Super Bowl and that was awesome. The problem with him is not only can he not build a team that consistently wins, but he can’t build the type of team fans love. I think he knows that and he’s gonna stay in that booth until another loaded team comes calling.

  39. mlenenski says: Jan 7, 2013 6:28 PM

    Cleveland is a Coach-killer!

  40. garyman1 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:28 PM

    Browns fans who think you might have a shot at Cowher, forget it. He is idolized in Pittsburgh and wouldn’t tarnish his legacy there (kind of like Favre going to the Vikings)

  41. coltzfan166 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:29 PM

    Is anyone else surprised by the lack of interest in Brian Billick? The dude has a SB ring and he’d probably love to coach in the AFC North again.

  42. mountaindont says: Jan 7, 2013 6:30 PM

    Regardless of who the Brown`s pick as their new head coach you can rest assured it will be the wrong decision

  43. hekofit says: Jan 7, 2013 6:36 PM

    Mike Holmgren makes so much sense its scary!

  44. jackblackshairyback says: Jan 7, 2013 6:36 PM

    runwright44 says:
    Jan 7, 2013 6:10 PM
    When Haslam and Banner fired Shumur and Heckert they said they would move quickly. It’s been a week; no coach, no GM. Wasting time with a prima dona college coach and trying to put a positive spin on that debacle. At this rate these guys will make Learner look like a good owner.

    They also said “if it takes a week, it takes a week. If it takes a month, it takes a month.”

  45. mungman69 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:43 PM

    Cleveland can’t get any good coaches.

  46. NoWearMan says: Jan 7, 2013 6:45 PM

    People who want to consider Billick for the Browns opening obviously have no grasp on the history between Billick and the Browns.

    The Browns will NEVER hire Brian Billick. EVER.

    Research is good. Knowing your subject matter is good. Spewing garbage for the sake of garbage spewing is ignorant.

    Resume.

  47. themanchine says: Jan 7, 2013 6:46 PM

    Why no love for Lovie?? THAT would be a hire in the mold of “Steeler tradition” that Hasslem said he wants to emulate. Wisenhunt as OC would be a perfect combo.

  48. NoWearMan says: Jan 7, 2013 6:52 PM

    Seriously…any report offered by The Lovely and Beautiful Mary Kay Cabot should simply be ignored.

    Has she been right on ANYTHING? EVER?

    Side note, Browns fan here. Gruden (the Elder) wouldn’t be my #1 choice, but it sure would be damn interesting.

    (Edited to comply with the Censor(s))

  49. arrowhead816 says: Jan 7, 2013 6:56 PM

    Hire Me…I have no experience at coaching, but willing to learn on the job, and I have a great personality

  50. brownspower says: Jan 7, 2013 6:59 PM

    Haslam will open negotiations with his new coach after the BCS Championship game is out of the way. Announcement will probably be made Wednesday.

  51. NoWearMan says: Jan 7, 2013 7:09 PM

    One last thing. Anyone who suggests or wants Bernie Kosar to be anything other than a figurehead in a minor capacity is living under a rock.

    Do a LITTLE research on Bernie’s condition THEN come back and give us reasons why you think he could actually lead NFL players.

    Yes, he knows his stuff. No denying that. Listening to his alcohol induced preseason spots on Browns Radio shows he’s still got a keen mind for the game.

    For 15 minutes a week.

    He’s either pickled herring or mash potatoes up there.

    The SINGULARY most embarrassing aspect to being a Browns fan is NOT the record for the past 10 years. NOT the constant turnover and instability. It’s the astounding ignorance of my fellow fans. I am embarrassed to be lumped into the same class of people as 80% of the Browns Fans who comment here (and elsewhere).

    JOSH CRIBBS IS THE BEST EVER!!!!!111!11!!! lolz! (this is the kind of stuff we have to deal with)

  52. greghandle says: Jan 7, 2013 7:10 PM

    steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says:Jan 7, 2013 5:49 PM

    Only those with no other options go to Cleveland. It’s a one-way street to failure.
    ———————————————————-
    Sure, if you consider a one-way street to failure to be a place that is still more successful than Pittsburgh.

    Steelers
    Regular Season Record (all-time) : 561-511-20
    Win %: 52.29
    Championships Won: 6

    Browns
    Regular Season Record (all-time) : 494-421-13
    Win%: 53.93
    Championships Won: 8

  53. thefiesty1 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:47 PM

    Face it, nobody wants to coach in Cleveland. It’s no wonder they’ve been bad for decades.

  54. denverdude7 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:49 PM

    Is it just me or is it becoming very apparent that NOBODY wants to coach for Cleveland?

    Maybe the Browns should just let the players run things. You know, like in the old days when you could just draw a play up in the dirt.

  55. pascalswager42 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:15 PM

    NoWearMan is correct on both accounts.

    Whiz, Lovie or Arians maybe look good to me, this team needs a leader of men ready to face a 2-playoff team division every year.

    Norv wouldn’t be a bad OC either.

  56. southpaw77 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:11 AM

    Browns list needs to be.
    1. Gruden
    2. Billick
    3. Cowher
    4. Arians
    5. Saban

    Anything else is a failure. 3 have Super bowl rings, Arians I think has 1-2 as a coordinator and Saban has 4 college titles.

  57. promickey says: Jan 8, 2013 5:48 AM

    Go Browns! Oh I’m sorry the Browns have done nothing since Jim Brown retired. Oh I forgot they had a short run in the playoffs when Bernie Kosar was a QB. It’s hard for a good NFL football mind to get excited about anything the Cleveland Browns have to offer. Sorry Cleveland but that’s the truth. Was it Cleveland that ran one of the best NFL coaches in history Bill Belichick out of town?
    Yes!

  58. ripster65 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:03 AM

    Browns claim they walked away from Chip Kelly

    Posted by Mike Florio on January 6, 2013, 8:26 PM EST
    ———————————————
    Report: Spurned by Kelly, Browns could turn focus to Gruden

    Posted by Darin Gantt on January 7, 2013, 5:41 PM EST
    ——————————————–
    C’mon! Which is it?

  59. blackngold4life says: Jan 9, 2013 7:22 PM

    Jay Gruden right?? Big Brother ain’t touching that gig

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