No one wants to coach the Cleveland Browns

1/13/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

At the conclusion of the 2013 regular season, the Cleveland Browns shocked the NFL community by firing not only their head coach Rob Chudzinski, but also their all-star coordinator tandem of Norv Turner and Ray Horton.

Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski reacts on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsChudzinski had just finished up his first year on the job, and although the Browns had a poor record of 4-12, Chudzinski did a fine job considering the team's personnel. A former offensive coordinator, Chudzinski turned wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron into superstars despite dealing with one of the league's worst quarterback situations. In addition, the team spent most of the season with a pathetic platoon of running backs.

Turner is one of the most well respected offensive minds in football, and Horton is similarly respected for his defensive prowess. The Browns were lauded for locking up these coordinators last offseason, but let them walk after just one campaign.

The Browns are now searching for a new head coach, but their volatile decision making seems to have scared off a number of their targets. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels - a coach who was targeted by the Browns - has reportedly already removed his name from the coaching search. McDaniels has already struggled with one team (Denver Broncos, 2009-10), and he probably does not want his second (and possibly final) head coaching opportunity to be with an unpredictable ball club with major holes on their roster.

Reports on Sunday suggested that the Browns had directed their attention to Adam Gase, offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. Gase does not want to interview for head coaching vacancies until after the playoffs, but it already looks like he'll be passing on the Browns job. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Monday that "several colleagues" are warning Gase about the Browns' head coaching gig, advising him against taking the position.

There have been reports that the Browns' CEO, general manager, and owner "are not on the same page," and the franchise has displayed instability as of late. The team seriously lacks a franchise quarterback (though they could draft one with the fourth overall pick in this year's draft), and does not have a viable running back. Outside of those two positions (albeit two very important ones), the Browns actually have a number of talented players (i.e. the aforementioned Gordon and Cameron, as well as several studs on defense). The lack of interest from prospective head coaches may be a testament to how uncomfortable they would be working with the Browns' front office.

The Browns had three coaches with great reputations on their staff in 2013, and they may have shot themselves in the foot by letting them go. It appears that the team's top two targets are going to pass on the opportunity, and they may have to settle for a coach who is not all that high on their list.

It is worth noting that the Browns are reportedly enamored with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. A head coach who has experience with mobile quarterbacks may be the Browns' preference if the reports regarding Manziel are in fact true.
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1/14/14   |   Scott   |   53692 respect

Given the circus that is the Browns front office, is anybody shocked that no one wants to coach that franchise?