The Browns made an unexpected move on Tuesday by hiring former baseball executive Paul DePodesta as their chief strategy officer.
It’s an out of the box move for a team that obviously needs to find a new formula than the one that’s brought a lot more franchise overhauls than playoff victories since the Browns returned to the league in 1999. Their coaching search will reportedly be taking a similar turn away from the candidates that have been mentioned in conjunction with just about every current opening in the league.
Per multiple reports, the Browns will interview Cowboys defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson for their head coaching vacancy. Henderson, who played eight years with four NFL teams, has not been linked with any of the other openings for a top job in this or any other offseason, but has some experience in Cleveland after serving as the team’s defensive backs coach from 2009-2011. He was previously in the same job with the Jets and has been with the Cowboys since 2012.
The move from position coach to head coach isn’t one that’s made too often, although John Harbaugh’s done pretty well since going from a year as Eagles defensive backs coach (he was previously their special teams coach) in 2007 to Ravens head coach. For a team that’s had little success going with more conventional coaching choices, it’s hard to argue with considering all options even if they ultimately wind up moving in a different direction.