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Report: Browns eying college coaches Franklin and Malzahn

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The Browns couldn’t land the college coach they were after a year ago, so now they’re looking at more of them.

According to Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com, the Browns are interested in interviewing Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, in addition to a planned meeting with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

A year ago, they whiffed in their pursuit of Oregon’s Chip Kelly, who has worked out nicely in Philadelphia. That has likely emboldened them to look to the college ranks again.

Malzahn has no NFL experience, so would need some established help, The report suggests the Browns are looking at former Lions coach Jim Schwartz as a possibility as a defensive coordinator.

Franklin spent one year as the Packers wide receivers coach, and has interned with a few NFL teams before making a names for himself as a college offensive coordinator at Kansas State and Maryland.

A few NFL assistants have balked at the chance to interview, with Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles indicating a lack of interest.

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18 Responses to “Report: Browns eying college coaches Franklin and Malzahn”
  1. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 1, 2014 8:01 AM

    At this point you just have to assume they will choose the wrong person. Or they will choose the right person and still screw it up.

  2. Youknowimright says: Jan 1, 2014 8:14 AM

    Here comes more spread offense to destroy football. 62-55 games coming weekly. Just give them flags and get it over with already.

  3. pnut87 says: Jan 1, 2014 8:17 AM

    Wait, don’t the Browns have Ray Horton as DC? He’s not “established help”? And you want to replace him with a guy who just got fired for losing a division that was practically handed to him? Man, if I were a Browns player, the first thing I’d start doing is demanding a trade.

  4. raidermot says: Jan 1, 2014 9:14 AM

    “Malzahn has no NFL experience.” Perfect fit. The Browns are not an NFL caliber team. They can grow up together.

  5. 49erstim says: Jan 1, 2014 9:21 AM

    Jim Schwartz. Book it.

  6. wishingtonredslur says: Jan 1, 2014 9:30 AM

    I think they actually said not interested until after the playoffs. Well that was the case with the Broncos coach anyway. The Arizona coach indicated that he was going to stay in Arizona.

  7. lbroberts123 says: Jan 1, 2014 10:04 AM

    I hope Malzahn doesn’t leave Auburn. He’s got a good thing going on there, with a lot of potential and promise at continued success.

  8. uwsptke says: Jan 1, 2014 10:08 AM

    Hiring Schwartz would cause them to shift to the Wide 9 defense when they’ve been running the 3-4 with some success and don’t have the personnel to make the switch.

  9. vincentbojackson says: Jan 1, 2014 10:23 AM

    Can’t wait to see who the Browns hire – and eventually replace a year from now.

  10. afrancis55 says: Jan 1, 2014 10:34 AM

    He just signed a 6 year deal, he’s about to play in a national title game, Cleveland is a downgrade from Auburn in both job prestige and living conditions.

    Not happening

  11. thegonz13 says: Jan 1, 2014 10:47 AM

    Malzahn will never leave Auburn to commit career suicide in Cleveland. As for Franklin, I don’t think he’s stupid enough to take this job.

  12. daltongang1 says: Jan 1, 2014 12:47 PM

    Nobody is dumb enough to go to Cleveland

  13. denverdude7 says: Jan 1, 2014 2:16 PM

    It’s surprising that there is any interest from any coach in the Browns job.

    Their best bet is to set their sights on a high school coach who doesn’t use the internet, read newspapers or even knows where Cleveland is.

    After all, the Browns are more like a high school team anyway.

    For proof I’ll refer you to their most recent loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns flat out quit. True professionals never quit. They either play for victory, play for the guy next them, play for pride or play to audition for their next employer. The Browns did none of these things.

    PATHETIC !!!!!!!

  14. nickster31 says: Jan 1, 2014 2:33 PM

    Can someone please explain to me why the would even look at a DC before hiring a Head Coach?

    Proving that they are going to try ANOTHER puppet as HC.

    As a Steelers fan, I feel so bad for Browns fans. You guys deserve so much better than this! Teams would kill for the loyalty that Browns fans have shown, and this is what they get for it?

  15. auburn2eugene says: Jan 1, 2014 5:19 PM

    Malzahn won’t leave Auburn for the Browns. See, one of the advantages Chip Kelly had was a team full of talent. The New head coach of the Browns will inherit a team void of talent.

  16. jaredl77 says: Jan 1, 2014 6:01 PM

    auburn2eugene- Malzahn won’t leave Auburn for the Browns. See, one of the advantages Chip Kelly had was a team full of talent. The New head coach of the Browns will inherit a team void of talent.

    Organize the Browns Bement train wreck but to say they don’t have is incorrect. They had five pro bowlers since last season. Some good young talent just need the right coach. The Browns also have 2 first round picks and seven picks in the first four rounds.

  17. jaredl77 says: Jan 1, 2014 6:03 PM

    That was supposed to say I won’t argue the Browns have been a train wreck. Dumb phone.

  18. auburn2eugene says: Jan 1, 2014 7:36 PM

    Jared177-Organize the Browns Bement train wreck but to say they don’t have is incorrect. They had five pro bowlers since last season. Some good young talent just need the right coach. The Browns also have 2 first round picks and seven picks in the first four rounds.

    1)Look, they are already talking about hiring a DC before a head coach. That just shows that this front office will meddle more than any coach would deal with. I mean, heII even college coaches get to pick their coaching staffs.
    2)The Browns have no QB, ESPECIALLY one that would excel in Malzhans offense.
    3)You just traded away your best RB
    4)This front office just fired the previous coach after ONE year. That doesn’t SCREAM job security.
    5)When I said the Browns didn’t have talent, if you remember, I had just referenced Chip Kelly’s quick success. No matter how you want to twist it, the Browns DO NOT have anywhere near the talent level the Eagles have.

    I am an Auburn man. I am not naive enough to think that NFL teams wouldn’t come after Malzhan, especially with the success Chip Kelly has had in Philadelphia so quickly. However Cleveland is where coaches go to die.

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