After Oklahoma beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday night, former NFL executive Tony Softli tweeted that Stoops “may have the inside track” on the Browns’ vacant head coaching job.
It’s not the first time Stoops has been discussed as an NFL coaching prospect and he fielded questions about the Browns report and his overall interest in moving up to the professional ranks during a visit to The Dan Patrick Show on Friday. Stoops neither confirmed nor denied having contact with any team and said that a move away from Oklahoma isn’t something he’s looking for “right now.”
“I never acknowledge or deny whether anybody’s contacted me or not,” Stoops said, via Scott Petrak of the Lorain County Chronicle-Telegram. “It’s something publicly I don’t do one way or the other. You never know what’ll come your way. In life, things change from year to year. Right now, I love what I’m doing. Right now, it’s something I’m not looking to pursue. You never know down the road.”
If it isn’t quite the comment of someone with the “inside track” on another job, it’s also not a statement that is going to remove Stoops from the conversation unless the Browns hire someone else. “Right now” has an awfully short shelf life for coaches, so the part about never knowing what will come your way resonates more strongly than other parts of Stoops’ response.
The Browns are reportedly interviewing Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles on Friday with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels slated for a Saturday meeting. Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has reportedly already interviewed for the head coaching position.