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Browns continue coach search



Published: Tue, January 11, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Interim coach Terry Robiskie was interviewed Monday.

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns took a look at one of their own Monday, interviewing interim coach Terry Robiskie, who says he's done everything he can to show why he should be Cleveland's next coach.

Robiskie met with owner Randy Lerner, president John Collins and general manager Phil Savage in New York for his interview. The location was picked to provide a change of scenery outside the team's offices.

Robiskie has the backing of the Browns players, who have been outspoken in supporting him as their candidate. But the 4-12 Browns struggled on offense with Robiskie as coordinator, which could work against him.

He led the Browns to a 1-4 record as interim coach after Butch Davis resigned, inspiring his players to a win in the final game, ending a nine-game losing streak.

"I firmly believe that I did all I could do. It was a tough, tough situation to take over," Robiskie said a day after the Browns beat Houston.

No timetable

Robiskie is the fourth candidate the Browns have interviewed. The other candidates -- New England defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, Philadelphia offensive coordinator Brad Childress and Pittsburgh offensive line coach Russ Grimm -- are all involved in the playoffs, which could delay a decision.

Savage has said the team now will assess where it's at before deciding how to continue in its search. The Browns won't rush their decision, and Savage said the club is willing to wait until after the Super Bowl for the right candidate. The final call on a coach will be Lerner's, but Savage will have a major role in the decision.

"If we find the right guy quickly, we'll probably go ahead and do something," Savage said last week. "Right now, I don't think there is a specific timeline."

The Browns could find themselves in competition with San Francisco for a coach. The 49ers interviewed Crennel on Saturday.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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