Browns add Robert Saleh to list of candidates

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The first couple of names linked to the Browns’ head coaching search came from the offensive side of the ball, but the team isn’t ignoring defensive candidates to replace Freddie Kitchens.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the team has requested an interview with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. Saleh can interview this week as the 49ers have a bye through the first round of the NFC playoffs.

Saleh oversaw a unit that finished 2nd in the league in yards allowed and eighth in points allowed. They were tied for fifth in the league with 48 sacks and sixth with 27 turnovers.

This was Saleh’s third season running the defense for the 49ers. He has also coached in Jacksonville, Seattle and Houston.

The Browns have also requested interviews with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

5 responses to “Browns add Robert Saleh to list of candidates

  1. The Browns will embark the 2020 season as the first, in the history of the NFL, for a team without any coaches. They are taking a new (or revised) approach: Let the players coach themselves and just keep a good training staff on hand.

    It will be epic!

  2. The 49ers defense is outstanding because they have a lot of outstanding talent. Saleh is a good coach, but unless he can bring his players, he’s not going to help Cleveland. Maybe the Browns should look into hiring some of the 49ers’ scouts who have drafted all those players.

  3. Harry Palmer says:
    December 30, 2019 at 12:35 pm
    The Browns will embark the 2020 season as the first, in the history of the NFL, for a team without any coaches. They are taking a new (or revised) approach: Let the players coach themselves and just keep a good training staff on hand.

    It will be epic!
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    I think the Browns just tried that very thing and it didn’t work. The Browns proved that they need parental guidance.

  4. Didn’t Josh McDaniels turn down a head coaching offer from a few years ago?

    I don’t know much about Saleh’s background beyond being a defensive coordinator for the 49ers, but Greg Roman’s success in the NFL has been with a QB that can impact the run game (Kaperneck, Taylor, Jackson) and I don’t think Baker is that kind of QB. This is all based on Greg Roman being a defacto OC for whatever team hires him, which would be likely.

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