Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam on the sidelines during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns Rumors: Head coaching position "radioactive"?

The Cleveland Browns top candidate for their head coaching vacancy was New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, but he crossed his name off of the list and decided to stick around in Foxboro. Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are focusing on hiring an offense-minded head coach after flirting with the likes of Bob Stoops and James Franklin in the college ranks, and now their top candidate is Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. The Browns will be rooting against the Broncos this afternoon against the San Diego Chargers, because a Chargers win would allow the Browns to interview Gase. While the Browns very much want Gase to be their next head coach, it is unclear as to how long they would be willing to wait for the Broncos to lose.

There’s also the matter of the Browns head coaching job being an unattractive one despite the team’s talent on defense and a few stars on offense like Jordan Cameron, Josh Gordon, Joe Thomas, and Alex Mack. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier today that the Browns vacancy was becoming less attractive to candidates due to conversations that they had with Rob Chudzinski. Firing a head coach after just one season on the job is never a good look for an organization, and the decision has likely come to bite them. Candidates have unsurprisingly asked Chud about his time with the Browns, and Rapoport reported that Chudzinski was honest with them, thus hurting the Browns stature in the eyes of prospective Browns head coaches.

Rapoport’s NFL Network colleague Albert Breer backs up the report by tweeting that he is getting the “increased feeling” that the Browns head coaching vacancy is seen as “radioactive” by “people around the league”. It’s a hole that they dug themselves into, and all they can hope for is to hire one of their top candidates, which seem to be Gase and Ben McAdoo.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot refuted Rapoport’s report that Chudzinski has been asked by Browns head coaching candidates about the job and has been candid with those candidates in his responses, but Rapoport tweeted that he stands by his report.

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  • Ol’ Bob

    Golly. Four head coaches in six years. Front office in disarray. Owner trying to stay out of jail. Problems? I don’t see no problems…

  • Josh Hart

    This FO has dug themselves a huge hole with what they did to Chud. The only fix now is winning at least 8-9 games and playing meaningful games in December. I can’t imagine anyone actually wanting this HC job, even with the talented players on the team and the draft picks this year.

    • Joe Soriano

      The fix starts in the offseason, and it’s up to Lombardi to successfully navigate this team through the draft and free agency. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no faith in him, because he’s the guy who was vehement about Russell Wilson being too short to succeed in this league (among other mind-numbing statements).

  • Kopernicus

    Wouldn’t YOU look into a job you were applying to? The ownership tells the fans that they finally learned their lesson and they will give the next coach/system 3-4 years to mature and progress rather than the revolving door that has existed since the NFL gave Cleveland the team back. Then that same ownership fires the coach before even a year passes??? The coach is a life-long fan of the team as well.

    Now what player in free agency is going to want to come into this mess? What draft pick isn’t going to be counting the days to free agency to get the heck out?

    This team is going nowhere fast.

    • Joe Soriano

      I would definitely have looked into the job and talked to Chud as well, we’re in agreement on that. The Browns are in big trouble right now for sure, and they can only hope that Mack and Ward don’t bolt because of it.