Browns are only team without a coach

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The coaching carousel moved quickly this year.

With today’s news that the Giants are hiring Joe Judge and the Panthers are hiring Matt Rhule, there’s suddenly only one team without a head coach: The Cleveland Browns.

Among the coaches the Browns reportedly are considering are Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

If the Browns are hoping for Stefanski, Saleh, Bieniemy or Roman, they’ll have to wait until their playoff runs are over, as a coach can’t be officially hired until his team’s postseason has come to an end.

Teams that hire their head coaches early in the process have one key advantage: That coach can get to work on hiring his assistants quickly. By the time the Browns hire their next head coach, many of the top assistants may have already accepted jobs elsewhere.

75 responses to “Browns are only team without a coach

  1. Everyone will probably make fun of the Browns because they’re the Browns, but what if the guy they’re eyeing is still in the playoffs? They literally can’t hire him.

    If their guy is McDaniels, they’re interviewing him Friday.

    Nothing to see here with the Browns

  2. “Browns are only team without a coach”

    Some would argue that’s been the case since preseason…..

  3. Which is fitting. Meaning they’ll probably hire McDaniels because they’ll kinda panic. Meaning he will probably take the job because he will have some roster control because there isn’t really a GM. And last time McDaniels had roster control, well……

  4. I don’t think the staff matters at this point because I think it will be McDaniels and he may already have an issue getting assistant coaches since most of them are in Indianapolis. McDaniels may have to settle for whoever he can get after the Indy fiasco.

  5. I am shocked that decent coaches aren’t crawling over one another to work under a team who does t even have a GM yet and ownership is a disaster. If they were interested in me it’d take a Oakland or SF type deal where the GM and coach are in big contracts 6-10 years so you can ensure you’re not getting fired after 1-2 years.

  6. conormacleod says:
    January 7, 2020 at 12:16 pm
    Why would you take that job? Just don’t do it.

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    True… I mean, if there’s one thing we all know with 100% certainty about NFL coaches, it’s that they have zero self-confidence. What sort of idiot would want to be the guy that turned around the Cleveland Browns, amirite?

  7. And the Browns will find a way to screw this opportunity up, too.

    …a stroke of luck for the Browns..but can they take advantage of it?

  8. shihtzumum says:
    January 7, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Won’t be McDaniels then. Browns have missed the bus again!

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    I don’t think that McDaniels is really such a hot commodity. Or at least he should not be. I think he basically has benefited from having (arguably) the GOAT for a QB and the (also arguably) GOAT HC. He hasn’t shown me anything that is so genius as an OC

    As for Stefanski, same thing. And I”m a Vikes fan. I think he has essentially benefited from having Cook, Diggs, Thielen, Rudolph to work with and most of the brains of the offensive overhaul likely truly came from Kubiak. The zone blocking/running scheme that has made Cousins successful is on full display. When the run does NOT work, NOTHING that Stefanski has called or come up with has been either innovative or even mildly effective.

    I think Stefanski could benefit from sticking around in Minny and learning some more, and I suspect that Josh will probably be mediocre at best if hired as a H.C.

  9. The owner has come out and said he thinks the Browns’ roster is stocked full of players they can win with. In order to get this job it seems like the coach is going to have to agree with the owner on the quality of the roster.

  10. 2014 all over again, Browns “thrilled” to hire Mike Pettine after the 5 guys Browns coveted above him all said not only no, but hell no….still dysfunctional owner and front office, another overrated draft bust at QB, what’s not to like? Uh, everything

  11. If they want someone who’s still coaching, they simply let the agent know. He works out the details of the contract. All of the coaches have lists of guys they want to work with and whether they’re still coaching or not they start making phone calls and lining them up. It’s not THAT much of a hardship.

  12. shihtzumum says:
    January 7, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Won’t be McDaniels then. Browns have missed the bus again!

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    I don’t think that McDaniels is really such a hot commodity. Or at least he should not be. I think he basically has benefited from having (arguably) the GOAT for a QB and the (also arguably) GOAT HC. He hasn’t shown me anything that is so genius as an OC

    As for Stefanski, same thing. And I”m a Vikes fan. I think he has essentially benefited from having Cook, Diggs, Thielen, Rudolph to work with and most of the brains of the offensive overhaul likely truly came from Kubiak. The zone blocking/running scheme that has made Cousins successful is on full display. When the run does NOT work, NOTHING that Stefanski has called or come up with has been either innovative or even mildly effective.

    I think Stefanski could benefit from sticking around in Minny and learning some more, and I suspect that Josh will probably be mediocre at best if hired as a H.C.

    He isn’t. That was the point of my comment. McDaniels may struggle with team trust issues after he bailed on the Colts. The Browns have missed the bus as other teams with a HC vacancy have got the jump on them. Again.

  13. The hiring of assistants and coaches is a little overblown. Let’s pretend the Browns know who they will hire: e.g. there’s a standing agreement with Stefanski (or whomever: doesn’t matter.) That means there’s been a verbal offer/acceptance, and they’re waiting to let the playoffs end due to the league requirement.

    I bet dollars to donuts that “to-be head coach” of the Cleveland Browns has let his choice assistants know the situation and they know that they can wait before signing elsewhere. Of course they have to choose who they want to work with, perhaps, and make a decision. But the NFL is a small network and these people talk.

    There is no doubt discussions are happening.

  14. That whole “picking a guy quickly before some imaginary team snags him” thing is why they need a coach right now in the first place.

    I have to applaud them for this. Mr. Moneyball doesn’t have them seeming as desperate as they have been in the past.

  15. If the Browns could pull off a deal that brings them Josh McDaniel’s & Wade Phillips they might live up to the 2019 hype a year later.

  16. I thought McDaniels was wanted by everyone.none of the coaches they have interviewed is guaranteed to be good…. or bad. McDaniels has burned so many bridges. Personally I don’t want to lose Daboll but it’s time for these guys to get a chance. I’ve always been a fan of Bieniemy…. even when he played in college. Let to let someone else have a chance. We need a new breed of coaches

  17. Screw it up Browns Screw it up PLEASE. We want Josh McDaniels back in New England.
    We want Brady back too. With the number one defense in NFL and Brady and Belichick back together we are only a receiver and tight end away from competing for a title.

    The dynasty is still ALIVE fools.

  18. johnnycantread says:
    January 7, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Call Sam Rutigliano.

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    Yeah, and bring Brian Sipe out of retirement. Go Cardiac Kids! LOL.

  19. So what? None of the guys hired so far have set any fan base on fire. It’s not like the Browns missed out on Jim Harbaugh like the Dolphins did when he went with the Niners. One thing is certain. Whoever they go with will bring criticism from commenters. I hope whoever they get believes in a strong running game and tough defense. Baker just needs to be a game manager with Hunt and Chubb in the backfield.

  20. With Joe Judge gone (or so it seems), Chad O’Shea is available for NE WR coach. Or maybe there’s another BB relative available.

    The Browns don’t need a coach as much as they need an NFL quarterback. All the other skill positions are fine – except the one occupied by OBj.

  21. Haslam has been told that DePodesta is a cancer and needs to be cut out or nothing will get better, but he refuses to stop letting that moron call all the shots.

    Remember, DePodesta is who Haslam tasked with hiring the next head coach. No quality head coach will ever accept the Browns job after being interviewed by that clown.

  22. “Why would you take that job? Just don’t do it.”

    The roughly 5-6 million a year for 3 or 4 years guaranteed is a fine reason to take that job if you’re someone who’s never made that kind of money before.

    McDaniels is one of the highest paid coordinators but isn’t anything near that level pay and he had only what, 2 years of head coach money in Denver so he’ll be interested, especially adding in the fact he likes Mayfield.

  23. “McDaniels may struggle with team trust issues after he bailed on the Colts.”

    Or another owner could look at that situation as Josh was smart enough to smell out the Colts lies about Andrew Luck and consider that a point in his favor

  24. Browns are only team without a coach
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    Haslam is desperately trying to track down that homeless guy that told him to pick Manziel

  25. Is this why Jerry Jones delayed cutting ties with Jason Garrett? Hey Jason, now that the dust is clear there is still an opportunity to be a HC.. but it’s in Cleveland.

  26. get Mcdaniels and they will live in the AFC cellar for a long time again!

  27. udub says:
    January 7, 2020 at 12:10 pm
    Everyone will probably make fun of the Browns because they’re the Browns, but what if the guy they’re eyeing is still in the playoffs? They literally can’t hire him.
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    My money’s on Greg Roman. Weaken a division rival and install their record breaking offensive system.

  28. My money’s on Greg Roman. Weaken a division rival and install their record breaking offensive system.

    That system seems to be pretty reliant on a specific quarterback. That’s not to say Roman can’t adapt, but it would be foolish to expect him to plug the Browns players into the same scheme.

  29. And they will be without one when the music stops…how can the process get better results with the same people that don’t know how the NFL really works, making the decision? Senseless for them to interview 87 guys to find a HC, its because they dont even know who the real candidates are!

  30. Eric Bieniemy would be the top choice of those names left , second would be Greg Roman , third would be Lafluer . I’m surprised they didn’t reach out to Jim Caldwell who did a pretty good job in Detroit with a QB Matt Stafford who Baker Mayfield is a lot like Matt was really garbage his first few years in the league .

  31. bcjs0108 says:
    January 7, 2020 at 12:20 pm
    It is just the Brownies being the Brownies🥱🙈

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    This was just a hair comical the first couple of times it was posted. Now that we’re up to around the 1000th time it just shows you can’t have an original thought. Anyhoo, GO BROWNS!

  32. The Browns opening is the least attractive of the bunch, so of course they don’t have a coach yet. I do hope they find someone good. Their fans deserve better.

  33. TribeOfOne says:
    January 7, 2020 at 12:55 pm
    With that being said, I think Greg Roman is the guy.
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    lol

    I wonder how many actually got the joke.

  34. Greg Roman, because after all the AFC North is likely turning into the new AFC East with one overarching dominant team (the Ravens) as the Steelers go into suck mode without Big Ben while the Browns and Bengals continue to suck and as the AFC East (assuming Pats dynasty ends by 2021 the latest) becomes super competitive as it was in the 8os (as the Pats become the new 80s Colts…total doormat…without Brady and then BB)…And like the AFC East, AFC North teams will keep on taking new HC from the Ravens just like AFC East teams have taken new HCs from each other (Rexy, BB, Flores, Gase, etc. as well as assistants).

  35. PLEASE just hire Marvin. Which coach in the nfl knows the afc north better than him? Who is the only coach in Bengals history to get their team to even 3 consecutive playoff appearances, much less 5? Who is the only coach with real coaching experience that is available (besides Caldwell)? Just hire the man

  36. WelcomeToBroncoLand says:
    January 7, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Which is fitting. Meaning they’ll probably hire McDaniels because they’ll kinda panic. Meaning he will probably take the job because he will have some roster control because there isn’t really a GM. And last time McDaniels had roster control, well……

    McDaniels won’t have complete control. Do you think DePodesta would allow that to happen?

  37. Josh McDaniels vs. Jason Garrett for the Browns head coaching position…

    Loser gets the job.

  38. Browns are only team without a coach
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    This isn’t anything new, they haven’t had a HC since they returned to the league in 1999!

    BTW I said when I heard that the Browns were on an extensive search for their next HC that means they’d search so long that they’d miss out on all the best candidates and they’d be left getting the dust pan out and taking one of the scraps!

    And here we are!

  39. I’m pretty sure the Browns have been without a head coach since Hue Jackson left.

  40. You people that are trash talking McDaniels do know that most HC’s are failures in their 1st attempt at being a HC, don’t you? Even Belichick who was 36-44 with the Browns and Pete Carroll who was 6-10 and fired after one season with the Jets were failures in their first HC jobs!

  41. derklempner says:
    January 7, 2020 at 8:12 pm
    I’m pretty sure the Browns have been without a head coach since Hue Jackson left.
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    WOW you think 1-31 Hue was a HC? Now that’s HILARIOUS! You have a very low standard for HCs.

  42. McDaniel’s seems like a weasel that doesn’t have the backbone to stick it out and turn the Brown’s around. I’d steer clear of him.

  43. Browns- Stay away from Josh McDaniel. He was a disaster in Denver and set that franchise back for years. People don’t really remember this but the last straw that got McDaniels fired in Denver was after the team was caught cheating in their London game against the 49ers, filming their walk through. That was something McDaniels and the Patriots had previously been penalized for. I don’t want cheaters coaching my Browns. Finally listen to DePo desta, he knows what he’s doing and has been right on every decision. Not sure why the Haslams refuse to take advice from their chief strategy guy.

  44. Depodesta wanted McDermitt over Hue.
    Depodesta wanted Stefanski over Freddie.

    Stefanski is going to be a great HC. A brilliant offensive mind and currently has the Vikings Kirk Cousins looking like an MVP.

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