Browns Coaching Job Seen As “Radioactive”
by Allen Kim
Jan 13, 2014 12:51 PM EST
The Cleveland Browns are one of several teams looking for a new head coach, and their search could prove to be a lot more difficult than expected. Albert Breer of the NFL Network says, “You get the increasing feeling, talking to people around the league, that the Browns job is seen as radioactive. Tough spot for them.”
They let go of Rob Chudzinski after one year on the job, and it was a surprising move to many around the league, especially considering the fact that he was only one year into the four-year deal he signed with the team. With a carousel of subpar quarterbacks to work with, it’s hard to blame him for all of the team’s struggles throughout the season.
Team owner Jim Haslam is in the midst of a criminal investigation, and there are concerns over the stability of Cleveland’s front office. Banner is allowing all of the team’s assistant coaches to seek other positions, and potential candidates have to be at least somewhat concerned by the lack of assurances and loyalty shown by the team’s brass.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that potential candidates have been calling Chudzinski in order to get some insight as to what has unraveled in Cleveland this season. "He's been honest with them," Rapoport said. "When you talk to people involved in these interviews, it doesn't sound like [Joe] Banner, [Mike] Lombardi and Haslam have all been on the same page."
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is high on the Browns’ list of candidates, but he refused all interview requests until after the playoffs. If the Broncos are knocked out of the playoffs by the Chargers today, the Browns are likely to pursue Gase hard.