The Latest Browns’ Coaching & GM Search Rumors From Around The NFL
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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – This just in…
The Cleveland Browns are looking for a head coach. In other news… water is wet.
Be sure to keep checking back for updates but here’s the latest news and rumors from around the country on the Browns’ search.
UPDATE 1/5/2013 11:01 AM – The Eagles release a statement confirming that team officials are traveling to Arizona to continue their coaching search.
“The Eagles are committed to finding the right fit for head coach and are heading to Arizona now to kick off a week of interviews with a variety of candidates including Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley,” the team said in a statement.
The Eagles are going to meet with Chip Kelly who is expected to decide Saturday night where he will go or if he will stay in college with the Ducks.
UPDATE 1/5/2013 10:31 AM – Albert Breer of NFL Network has tweeted information on all of the general managers situations in the NFL with the only one left uncertain being the Cleveland Browns.
UPDATE 1/5/2013 10:27 AM – Jason La Confora CBS Sports tweeted out that no one ultimately knows what Kelly will do. In the same tweet, La Confora stated that the decision will be close.
UPDATE 1/5/2013 10:06 AM – NFL Network’s Albert Breer is reporting that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will have lunch with the Philadelphia Eagles decision makers today in Arizona. Breer states that Kelly will finish off his day with a dinner scheduled with the Browns brass tonight.
UPDATE 1/5/2013 12:27 AM – Former Browns GM Tom Heckert cancelled a scheduled interview with the NY Jets according to Brian Coz of the New York Post.
Heckert reportedly was concerned about the Jets’ salary cap situation and pulled out of the running as a result.
UPDATE 1/4/2013 11:57 PM – The Buffalo Bills confirm that they met with Chip Kelly Friday night.
The team also confirmed that they had concluded interviews with Syracuse coach Doug Marrone and former Bears coach Lovie Smith.
Kelly is expected to meet Saturday with Philadelphia.
UPDATE 1/4/2013 11:07 PM – ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reported late Friday that Chip Kelly is moving forward with scheduled meetings with the Bills Friday night and the Eagles Saturday but the Browns appear to be the “favorites.”
Mortenson adds that the Browns and Kelly will speak again Saturday night should he decide to move forward with negotiations.
UPDATE 1/4/2013 8:01 PM – The Kansas City Chiefs make it official and name Andy Reid their next head coach.
The team has scheduled a press conference for Monday to introduce him.
UPDATE 1/4/2013 7:43 PM – The Buffalo Bills are joining the Philadelphia Eagles in looking in other directions for their next coach.
The Bills are scheduled to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy Saturday.
UPDATE 1/4/2013 6:13 PM – The Browns and Chip Kelly are close to reaching agreement on a contract Ian Rapoport is reporting.
The Browns have been meeting all afternoon with Kelly in Arizona.
UPDATE 1/4/2013 5:43 PM – The Philadelphia Eagles have asked for and received permission to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Philadelphia’s pursuit of additional coaching candidates could be a sign that they may not get a shot to talk to Chip Kelly who has been interviewing with the Browns.
UPDATE 1/4/2013 3:05 PM – South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier joined the Dan Patrick Show and ribbed Alabama coach Nick Saban.
“I don’t know if he’d take that Cleveland job but he’s accomplished all he can in college football,” Spurrier said.
The Old Ball Coach continued on by saying he wouldn’t give Saban any advice but joked that if Saban wants to win a Super Bowl he’s got to start trying soon.
Saban fits Jimmy Haslam’s description as far as his desires for what he wants the next head coach to be but it’s believed that Saban is not leaving the Crimson Tide anytime soon.
UPDATE 1/4/2013 2:25 – The Chiefs will name Any Reid their next coach. Reid is expected to bring former Browns GM Tom Heckert and Packers exec John Dorsey to Kansas City per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
UPDATE 1/4/2013 10:09 AM – The Kansas City Chiefs announce they’ve “parted ways” with GM Scott Pioli clearing the way for Andy Reid to be hired and bring in his own GM.
Reid may hire former Browns GM Tom Heckert but he is also pursuing other candidates as well. There is a strong possibility that former coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Brad Childress could end up on Reid’s staff as well.
UPDATE 1/4/2013 9:37 AM – Syracuse’s Doug Marrone has reportedly decided to stay with the Orange.
Marrone served as the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints from 2006-08 before heading to Syracuse where he is 25-25.
UPDATE 1/3/2013 – The Chip Kelly Watch is officially on. Kelly is expected to interview with the Browns, Bills and Eagles Friday.
After the game Kelly was asked by ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe about his future and having the interest of several NFL teams.
“My agent is the best. I told him I wasn’t talking to anybody until after this game was over. Our focus was solely on this football game,” Kelly told ESPN following the Ducks’ 35-17 Fiesta Bowl victory. “If some reason some teams want to talk to me it’s because of those players over there. We’ve got an unbelievable team and an unbelievable program and the success we have is because of those guys.”
UPDATE 10/23/13 10:22 PM – The Browns have asked the 49ers for permission to interview Tom Gamble for their GM post Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.
Gamble, who is San Francisco’s director of player personnel, has had a tremendous hand in turning around the 49ers the last few years.
UPDATE 1/3/2013 9:55 PM – Bill O’Brien has decided to stay at Penn State. O’Brien was able to leverage a better deal from the school and various personnel changes to the program as a result of his flirtation with the Browns and other NFL teams.
“I’m not a one-and-done guy,” O’Brien told David Jones of Pennlive.com. “I made a commitment to these players at Penn State and that’s what I am going to do. I’m not gonna cut and run after one year, that’s for sure.”
UPDATE 1/3/2013 6:44 PM – Add Penn State coach Bill O’Brien to the list of candidates interviewed this week by Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reports the Browns interviewed O’Brien meaning that the team has now interviewed 4 candidates before even talking to Chip Kelly.
Syracuse’s Doug Marrone, Former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and defensive coordinator Ray Horton have also interviewed with the Browns.
UPDATE 1/3/2013 5:49 PM – ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reported that the Browns are interviewing Syracuse coach Doug Marrone today.
Marrone, who is 25-25 with the Orange, served as the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints from 2006-08. He is also a former NFL offensive lineman.
UPDATE 1/3/2013 5:11 PM – Safety T.J. Ward weighs in with his thought’s on Chip Kelly potentially moving on to the NFL – and maybe becoming the Browns coach too with a tweet.
“For everyone asking me how I feel about the possibility of Chip becoming a NFL coach….Coach Kelly is a great coach. He will have success wherever he chooses to go or not. Now lets Go Ducks!,” Ward tweeted.
UPDATE 1/3/2013 4:37 PM – Former Browns general manager Tom Heckert will interview with the NY Jets on Saturday per Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.
UPDATE 1/3/2013 3:09 PM – ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Buffalo Bills will interview Chip Kelly Friday.
The Browns and Eagles are also reportedly set to interview Kelly Friday as well meaning that Kelly will be able to name his price and preferred destination quickly.
UPDATE 1/3/2013 1:13 PM – Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was a guest on this morning’s edition of the Dan Patrick Show. Meyer was asked by Patrick if he ever thought about coaching the Browns over the years – especially now with them looking for a coach?
“I really didn’t, I only thought about coaching the Ohio State Buckeyes,” Meyer responded.
UPDATE 1/3/2013 1:09 PM – Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports Andy Reid to Chiefs deal is “imminent.”
Reid has ironed out organizational structure, staff arrangements per La Canfora which likely means jobs for former Browns GM Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur.
UPDATE 1/3/13 11:20 AM – Former Eagles coach Andy Reid is reportedly close to a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Should it be finalized, GM Scott Pioli would be out according to Jason La Canfora.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reports that former Browns general manager Tom Heckert would join Reid in Kansas City. Also Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Brad Childress would also likely join Reid’s staff.
UPDATE 1/3/13 10:47 AM – While Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner wait for their opportunity to visit with Oregon coach Chip Kelly Friday, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports they are continuing to assemble candidates for the front office.
John Idzik, who is the Seattle Seahawks vice president of football administration, where he serves as the capologist/negotiator, is on the Browns’ radar.
UPDATE 1/3/13 10:02 AM – Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner are making the most of their time in Arizona.
ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reports that they interviewed former Arizona Cardinals head coach and former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt Wednesday. Whisenhunt was also the Browns’ special teams coordinator under Chris Palmer in 1999.
Whisenhunt went 45-51 in 6 seasons with the Cardinals including 4-2 in the playoffs. He led the Cardinals to the Super Bowl following the 2008 season, which they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23.
UPDATE 1/2/12 4:01 PM – News of the Browns’ interview of Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton unearthed a key detail in the Browns’ recruitment of their next head coach.
Owner Jimmy Haslam joined CEO Joe Banner are both in Arizona for interviews.
With the Browns expected to interview Oregon coach Chip Kelly Friday, Haslam and Banner are well positioned to make their best pitch to land the Ducks’ coach.
UPDATE 1/2/13 3:25 PM - The Browns have satisfied the Rooney rule by interviewing Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton Tuesday night per the Arizona Republic.
Horton, who was a defensive backs coach for the Steelers from 2004-10, met with Haslam as well as CEO Joe Banner.
Horton told the Arizona Republic that his interview with the Browns went “fantastic” Tuesday night.
Horton remains on staff in Arizona following the firing of head coach Ken Whisenhunt and is a serious candidate to replace him after interviewing Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m excited about the opportunity here and the fantastic interview I had with Cleveland last night and going to try to knock Buffalo’s socks off,” Horton told the Arizona Republic.
Horton added that San Diego may also be interested.
UPDATE 1/2/13 2:41 PM – Oregon coach Chip Kelly is thought to be atop the Browns’ wish list to replace Pat Shurmur.
Kelly has led the Ducks to their 4th straight BCS bowl game, including the 2011 national championship game, Oregon’s first Rose Bowl win in 95 years last season and Thursday night’s Fiesta Bowl against No. 5 Kansas State but continued to answer questions about a potential NFL future Wednesday.
“I don’t expect anything,” Kelly told reporters. “I said this a million times: I’m never surprised by anything. I do not know what the future holds. I do know we have a football game tomorrow night, and I’m going to be there.”
CEO Joe Banner is expected to meet with Kelly Friday.
The Browns aren’t alone in their desire to land Kelly. The Eagles and Bills reportedly would like to interview him following the Fiesta bowl as well.
UPDATE 1/2/13 10:41 AM – Michael Lombardi told Baskin & Phelps Wednesday morning on 92.3 The Fan that he has not spoken to the Browns about the vacant personnel opening.
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Lombardi added that he would listen but he already has a good job with the NFL Network and won’t leave unless it’s the right fit for him. Lombardi also said that any interest in the Browns would be predicated on who the coach ends up being.
UPDATE 1/2/13 10:07 AM: Cross Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter off the list after he signed a 2-year contract extension to remain with the Falcons. The team announced the move Wednesday morning.
- ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Browns will interview Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone this week.
Marrone, who was an offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, has taken the Orange to 2 bowl games in 4 seasons. Marrone will also interview with the Bills.
- Penn State coach Bill O’Brien definitely fits the description that owner Jimmy Haslam said he’s looking for. O’Brien, who has a buyout of over $9 million in his contract, took over a Penn State team left in turmoil following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. He led the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 season and was named the Big 10 coach of the year.
Philadelphia, Arizona and San Diego are reportedly interested in O’Brien according to La Canfora.
- One name to cross off the list – Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
After a disastrous head coaching debut with the Denver broncos, McDaniels told Boston reporters that he’s not interested in another head coaching job this offseason.
McDaniels had been linked to NFL analyst and former Browns director of player personnel Mike Lombardi. Lombardi remains the popular front runner to come to Cleveland and work with the new Browns’ coach, whomever that will be.