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Who Is Who In The Cleveland Browns Search For GM And Head Coach

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CLEVELAND - The Browns are looking for a new head coach and a general manager. Here is a list of names you might hear during the search.

Oregon Head coach Chip Kelly. The 49-year-old Ducks head coach is 45-and-7 in Eugene. He has no previous NFL coaching experience. He became the head coach in 2009, he was the offensive coordinator prior. He is the hot name in college coaches to move to the NFL.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. The 36-year-old is currently coaching in New England. The Browns will have to wait until after the playoffs to talk to him. He was the head coach of the Denver Broncos. Born in Barberton, he graduated from Canton McKinley. Reports the last week of the season said he is not expected to be a candidate.

49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman. The 40-year-old is another John Carroll Blue Streak. He clearly wants to be a head coach Roman has tutored Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick to a combined 24-7-1 record in two seasons.

Colts’ Bruce Arians. The 60-year-old was the Browns offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2003. He then went to Pittsburgh from 2004 to 2011. Many Steelers faithful felt he was a biggest part of the let down to an 8-8 season. He ended up in Indianapolis. The took over the Colts, when head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. Pagano is back. Arians was 9 and 3.

Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. The 40-year-old is in his third season with the Broncos. Prior to that he spent eight years in Carolina as an assistant coach. He is credited with the success of Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow.

Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, The 45-year-old has been with the Bengals for two seasons. He is the son of Jim Gruden, a long-time college and NFL assistant coach. His brother Jon was the head coach of the Raiders and Bucs.

Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The 33-year-old is currently with his father Mike in Washington. He was the O.C. in Houston, before joining his father for two seasons in Houston.

Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton. The 52-year-old is making heads turn in Arizona. His stock is rising fast. He played on three Super Bowl teams. He spent 1983 to 1988 with the Bengals as a cornerback, then three more years with the Dallas Cowboys.

Jacksonville defensive coordinator and former Browns defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. The 40-year-old is a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School. He was the Jags interim head last season after Jack Del Rio was fired last season.

Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. The 56-year-old has been in Cincinnati since 2009. He is the son the father of Adam Zimmer, the defensive assistant/linebackers coach for Kansas City.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban. The 61-year-old Kent State grad would continue the great year the Flashes have had if he decides to come to Cleveland. He is already a $5 million man a year as the head coach of one the best college football programs in the country at Alabama. Saban was the Browns defensive coordinator from 1991 to 1994. He has won three NCAA national championships.

Former Bucs and Raiders coach Jon Gruden. The 49-year-old Sandusky native is always in the rumor mill when a job in Ohio opens up. His brother Jay is the offensive coordinator at Cincinnati. Gruden is on Monday Night Football as an analyst. He was head coach of the Bucs when they won the Super Bowl in 2003.

Former Steelers and Browns player coach Bill Cowher. The 55-year-old is another name that always comes up when the Browns job comes open. Cowher was an intense special teams stand out when he played for the Browns from 1980 to 1982. He made his mark as the Browns special teams coach in 1985 and 1986, then as secondary coach the next two years. The then moved to Pittsburgh, where we would coach the Steelers to a Super Bowl in 2005, during his run from 1992 to 2006.

The Browns are also looking for a general manager.

NFL Network analyst Mike Lombardi. He spent time with five NFL teams including the Browns from 1987 to 1996. He is still very close friends with Bill Belichick. He was the Browns Pro Personnel Director in 1987. Promoted to Director of Player Personnel in 1992. He was responsible for all college and pro personnel decisions; managed salary cap and player personnel issues. He also worked with the Eagles and current Browns CEO Joe Banner in Philadelphia in 1998.

Other names include Kansas City General manager Scott Pioli, if he is fired in Kansas City. Atlanta General Manager David Caldwell, Bills General Manager Doug Whaley, Chiefs director of pro personnel Ray Farmer, the Cardinals’ Steve Keim, Cardinals director of pro personnel Jason Licht and Seahawks vice president of football administration John Idzik.

Article courtesy of Newsnet5.com.

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