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Browns want to hang onto four assistants, at least for now


The Browns don’t know who their head coach is going to be, but they apparently want to hang onto some of their assistants.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns have asked four assistants to stay pending the new coaching wanting them, including offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor are apparently free to go, but the team is also interested in keeping quarterbacks coach Kevin O’Connell, secondary coach Jeff Hafley, and assistant defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn.

The Browns aren’t keeping them from interviewing — and DeFilippo has already talked to the 49ers about their head coaching vacancy and is scheduled to talk to the Rams about their coordinator opening. But owner Jimmy Haslam told them last Monday he’d like to keep them if the new coach did.

Of course, the ones Haslam don’t want will still have to get permission to interview in other places if they have contract remaining, and the Browns aren’t paying for them to go to the Senior Bowl to network.

It’s a good news/bad news situation for the guys they want to keep, as they could be left in limbo until the team hires a new coach. But it’s better than being left without a rope, and having to pay your own way to Mobile.

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12 Responses to “Browns want to hang onto four assistants, at least for now”
  1. dumbpollack says: Jan 11, 2016 12:50 PM

    Jim O needs to coach some Jr High team. Maybe Pet can run his defense. They may have better luck at that level

  2. joenash72 says: Jan 11, 2016 12:52 PM

    Factory of Sadness 😉

  3. Big Ant TV says: Jan 11, 2016 1:13 PM

    please let them all go a fresh start please why would u keep the guys who made the team worse
    we need a down the field offense and 4-3 defense very tired of the 3-4 crap

  4. duanethomas33 says: Jan 11, 2016 1:18 PM

    Gotta let them all go and give the new HC a fresh start. Clean House.

    Cleveland does not get it, why keep guys around who were part of a losing culture?

  5. chicagosportsfan11 says: Jan 11, 2016 1:23 PM

    Move the Rams to Cleveland they need a Pro team

  6. kosarkid says: Jan 11, 2016 1:56 PM

    I’m glad to see that Flip and some of those other guys are actually worth holding onto. At least there will be some continuity if those guys are retained.

  7. urkiddddingme says: Jan 11, 2016 2:13 PM

    Get over paying way to Mobile. Have heard that comment too many times already. Lot’s of people have to pay their own way to job fairs. They aren’t victims. They are still getting paid rest of their CONTRACT.

  8. ytownie says: Jan 11, 2016 2:36 PM

    Flip and O’Connell are both keepers. Both were way better than Shanahan and Loggins. Johnny won’t be back but he improved tremendously under these guys.

  9. kcflake says: Jan 11, 2016 2:42 PM

    Chris Tabor was an offensive coach for my college team for a year. Dude was a weasel.

  10. oldcracker says: Jan 11, 2016 3:13 PM

    chicagosportsfan11 says:
    Jan 11, 2016 1:23 PM
    Move the Rams to Cleveland they need a Pro team

    That’s where the Rams started.

  11. frenchysgoldfish says: Jan 11, 2016 3:23 PM

    Haslam/Homeless Guy,
    Please stay! The next coach who we don’t know who is may or may not want you, so we may need you to turn down any other job offer until we fire you.

  12. queenlivekillers says: Jan 11, 2016 5:58 PM

    Uh, shouldn’t the new Head Coach be the one deciding which assistants stay or go? Red flag to anyone who interviews for HC: Front office wants a say in who the assistants are.

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