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Browns to interview McDaniels, Quinn



Published: Wed, January 1, 2014 @ 12:08 a.m.

McDaniels, Quinn

set to interview

Associated Press

CLEVELAND

The Browns ended the year the same way they began 2013 — looking for a coach.

The search is on. Again.

The team will begin the interviewing candidates to replace Rob Chudzinski this week by meeting with New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Chudzinski was fired Sunday after less than a year on the job, dismissed just hours after the Browns finished a 4-12 season with a loss in Pittsburgh.

So owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are back on the road trying to find a coach to lead the Browns from the darkness.

Banner said the Browns will follow the same formula as they did before hiring Chudzinski, who wasn’t their first choice but won them over with a solid interview.

“The idea of finding a coach that we’re confident can win, can take this group, see it as a group that has a strong nucleus, help together to figure out how to utilize the assets we have going into the offseason to take us to the next level,” Banner said. “That’s the focus of what we’re going to try to find.”

The team received permission Tuesday to interview McDaniels, the former Denver head coach who appears to be the front-runner to become Cleveland’s seventh full-time coach since 1999 and fifth since 2008.

Because the Patriots have an AFC playoff bye this weekend, the Browns are permitted to interview the 37-year-old McDaniels and will meet with him in the next few days. McDaniels was on Cleveland’s radar during their previous coaching search, but the Ohio native declined an interview request because he wasn’t ready to uproot his young family.

McDaniels may now be ready for his second NFL head coaching stint. He went just 11-17 with the Broncos, but some of his issues were attributed to having to handle general manager duties as well.

The Browns are very familiar with McDaniels. He has a long relationship with Cleveland GM Michael Lombardi, and Banner has identified McDaniels as one of the game’s bright, young minds.

Not surprisingly, Patriots coach Bill Belichik wouldn’t comment on the Browns’ interest in McDaniels.

“I’m not going to get into any of that,” said Belichick, already in game mode despite not having one to prepare for this week. “The procedures are in place with the league and so forth. Any comments on that I don’t think are appropriate to come from me so I won’t make any.”

Quinn, too, is available to meet with the Browns this week because the Seahawks’ playoff game isn’t until Jan. 11. Seattle coach Pete Carroll was much more open when asked to talk about the 43-year-old Quinn, who in his first season with Seattle has turned its defense into one of the league’s best units.

“Dan is a terrific football coach,” Carroll said. “He’s got a tremendous background in the game. He’s got great character about the game. He’s a great communicator. He’s tough. He knows what he wants. Just look at how well he transitioned to take this thing over so quickly and seamlessly. Getting along with people, working with people and also managing the talent. All of that, he’s really well equipped.”

The Browns have also requested permission to interview Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who declined the request until after Denver’s season is over.

Other potential candidates for the Browns include former Detroit coach Jim Schwartz and Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.


Comments

1123goz(512 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Let's hope one of these guys wants to uproot the family for what might be a 1 year gig for a flakey leadership trio.
Following the same plan, huh?

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2prodgodq(148 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

As a Bills fan, I'm totally sympathetic to the confusion Browns fans are feeling right now. The fans of both teams have a lot in common. Both fan bases are incredibly loyal, and every year they get their hopes up that things will be different. I've seen the Bills' management make a lot of bizarre decisions over the last decade or so, but the decision to let Chud go after one year really baffles me.
Well.....I guess history is on our side, right?
Both teams have to start winning eventually.......right?

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3northsidedeedee(20 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Chuck Knoll, in his first year as head coach of the
Steellers,1969, went 1 and 13…….during the 70's he went on win 4 Super Bowls. I am really
glad that I do not work for Mr. Haslem. He sounds
like a real sweetheart!!!!!! He is now accused of
cheating his customers and laughing about it at
Sales Meetings.

I think prodgodq's comments are appropriate.
We the fans are fooled into believing the NFL
owners are smart???? Not so smart as they are sly or evil.

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4southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

The Browns will continue to lose...watch & see

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5sweatpea(113 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

The Browns could hire "______" - you can fill in who you think is the best coach and it still wont make much of a difference. Bill Parcell's said it best, they want me to cook the dinner but they wont let me shop for the groceries. Every team said Mike Lombardi was a great hire, but why was he on TV for 8 years? Why didnt they hire him? Are the Browns being set up to move to Los Angeles?
Finally, this Jimmy Haslem is not much better. Talk to his employees at his Pilot gas stations locally here. Ask them what he (or his regional people) does to their hours, how they get to 40 hours on a pay. I no longer buy ANYTHING - either personally or for my business at his stores. This guy is NO GOOD! He still may end up in prison if any of the prosecution witnesses have any credibility with the jury when and if the case goes to trial.

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6papa1(638 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

the last I read about pilot flying j two people had confessed to cheating customers so I think haslam has been absolved. as much as you steeler fans hope he's indicted you better worry more about old, beatup ben Roethlisberger and his sorry cast of team mates . I think their glory days are gone. GO BROWNS!!

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7IslandMike(739 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Why would Steelers fans hope he's indicted when they get an automatic two wins against The Chokeland Clowns every year?

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