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Browns hire Andy Moeller as new offensive line coach, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 31, 2014

The Browns have hired Andy Moeller as their new offensive line coach, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported tonight, citing an unnamed source.

The Browns have yet to make an announcement.

Moeller, 49, spent the past six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, serving as an assistant offensive line coach from 2008-10 and the team's main offensive line coach from 2011-13.

New Browns coach Mike Pettine worked for the Ravens from 2002-08, so his last season in Baltimore was Moeller’s first with the organization.

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Browns hire Dowell Loggains, NFL Network reports. Very likely he'll be QB coach, source says

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 30, 2014

The Browns have hired former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported tonight.

Loggains’ title has yet to be determined, but it’ll be either quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator, according to the report.

A league source told the Beacon Journal it’s “very likely” that Loggains will become the Browns’ quarterback coach. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has yet to make an announcement.

The Browns interviewed ex-Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan on Wednesday and Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo today, a team spokesman said.

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Browns talking to former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, ESPN.com reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 28, 2014

Updated at 3:20 p.m.

The Browns began talking to former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan this morning about their opening for a play-caller, ESPN.com’s John Keim reported this morning, citing multiple unnamed NFL sources.

Shanahan has an interview scheduled with the Browns on Wednesday, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal this afternoon, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team has not publicly commented. ESPN's Chris Mortensen first reported the interview was set.

New Browns coach Mike Pettine has a background in the NFL as a defensive assistant and coordinator. Pettine plans to call the defense’s plays this year despite hiring former Buffalo Bills linebackers coach Jim O’Neil as his defensive coordinator Monday.

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Browns add 5 new assistant coaches, including DC Jim O'Neil, retain 3 others

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 27, 2014

New Browns coach Mike Pettine has hired former Buffalo Bills linebackers coach Jim O’Neil as his defensive coordinator and retained special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor, the team announced.

Pettine also hired four other assistants and retained two others. The moves and backgrounds of the coaches are outlined below in a news release from the Browns.

Assembling his initial coaching staff as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Mike Pettine on Monday hired his first eight assistant coaches.

Pettine on Monday hired two of his three coordinators, Jim O’Neil (defense) and Chris Tabor (special teams). Additionally, Pettine named Brian Angelichio tight ends coach, Bobby Babich assistant secondary coach, Chuck Driesbach linebackers coach, Brian Fleury assistant linebackers coach, Jeff Hafley secondary coach and Shawn Mennenga assistant special teams coach.

Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil

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Bills coach Doug Marrone names defensive assistants he expects to join Browns, Mike Pettine

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 27, 2014

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone named at least three of his assistants who’ll likely jump ship to join the Browns and new coach Mike Pettine.

Marrone made the comments today during new Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s introductory news conference. Schwartz is replacing Pettine, who spent the 2013 season as the Bills’ defensive coordinator.

It’s not surprising that Pettine is bringing several familiar faces to Cleveland. He plans to call the defense’s plays this year for the Browns, so he wants to surround himself with coaches who already know his 3-4, hybrid system.

The Browns are expected to hire Bills linebackers coach Jim O’Neil as their defensive coordinator. Marrone said “to the best of my knowledge” that’s exactly what will happen.

Marrone also said he expects defensive assistant Jeff Hafley to become the Browns’ secondary coach and defensive quality control coach Brian Fleury to become an inside linebackers coach.

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Browns adding former Bills linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach to Mike Pettine's staff

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 27, 2014

The Browns are hiring former Buffalo Bills linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach, a league source confirmed this afternoon for the Beacon Journal. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has yet to announce the move.

When new Browns coach Mike Pettine served as the defensive coordinator of the Bills last season, Driesbach was a linebackers coach for the team. But Bills coach Doug Marrone fired Driesbach on Jan. 13, and he was stunned by the move.

“They just wanted to change the dynamic of the staff and they had to let me go,” Driesbach told Tom Moore of the Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times the night he was fired. “[Marrone] said I hadn't done anything wrong, shook my hand and I walked out of the office.

“I have no idea what happened. I don't know if they felt like I did a [poor] job or somebody better became available. I don't know and probably never will. It's the bad part of the business.”

Regardless of the reason for the dismissal, Pettine wants Driesbach, 61, on his staff in some capacity. Driesbach coached in the college ranks for 36 years before landing his first NFL job last year, but he has a long history with Pettine.

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Browns receive permission to interview Bills LB coach Jim O'Neil, who's expected to become new DC

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 27, 2014

The Browns have received permission from the Buffalo Bills to interview linebackers coach Jim O’Neil for their defensive coordinator opening, the Bills announced this morning.

The interview is viewed as a formality because new Browns coach Mike Pettine is expected to hire O’Neil. On Thursday, the New York Daily News reported O’Neil would become the Browns’ defensive coordinator if the Bills let him out of his contract.

Pettine said he plans to call the defense’s plays this year.

"I do see that right now," Pettine said Thursday after his introductory news conference. "Very similar to what Rex [Ryan] and I did in New York. He called it the first year and then turned it over after that. I have a feeling it will be similar. For lack of a better analogy, training wheels. When I feel comfortable with taking them off, taking them off.”

Still, Pettine could benefit greatly from having a right-hand man like O'Neil to help game plan. After all, Pettine, 47, and O’Neil, 35, have been joined at the hip throughout their careers.

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Browns show interest in Cam Cameron for OC opening, but he plans to stay put. Who else is in mix?

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 26, 2014

New Browns coach Mike Pettine is trying to track down his offensive coordinator, but he can give up on pursuing Louisiana State University’s Cam Cameron.

Cameron, the offensive coordinator at LSU, told the Times-Picayune the Browns showed interest in him this past week, but he won’t be joining them.

“I don't plan on going anywhere soon,” Cameron said today. “I don't want to uproot my family right now.”

Cameron and his wife, Missy, have four children.

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Report: Browns to target Ravens LBs coach Don Martindale as DC if Bills block LBs coach Jim O'Neil

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 25, 2014

The Browns want to hire Buffalo Bills linebackers coach Jim O’Neil as their defensive coordinator, but if Cleveland is blocked from doing so, it’ll target Baltimore Ravens inside linebackers coach Don Martindale, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported tonight.

New Browns coach Mike Pettine served as the Bills’ defensive coordinator during the 2013 season, when O’Neil coached the Bills’ linebackers. Pettine was the New York Jets’ defensive coordinator from 2009-12, when O’Neil coached the Jets’ defensive backs.

O’Neil also played football at Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, Pa., in the mid-1990s. Pettine’s father, Mike Pettine Sr., was O’Neil’s coach. The younger Pettine was an all-state quarterback and defensive back and C.B. West before graduating in 1984. He served as an assistant coach for his father from 1988-92.

O’Neil will follow Pettine and join the Browns if the Bills let him out of his contract, the New York Daily News reported Thursday shortly after Pettine was hired. NFL teams are not required to let position coaches under contract leave for promotions, unless it’s a head-coaching job. The Bills have until Monday to make a decision about O’Neil, Rapoport reported.

Pettine has never worked with Martindale, a Dayton native. But Pettine was the outside linebackers coach for the Ravens in 2008 under coach John Harbaugh. If Harbaugh vouches for Martindale, Pettine will value that recommendation.

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Remember guys who withdrew from consideration for Browns' job? Mike Pettine thought about it, too

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 24, 2014

The Browns took a public relations beating during their 25-day head-coaching search partly because two of the 10 candidates they interviewed in person withdrew from consideration and another eliminated himself before a meeting ever took place.

Well, it turns out the guy who took the job Thursday was close to dropping out of the running, too.

New Browns coach Mike Pettine told the Buffalo Bills’ flagship radio station that he almost removed himself from contention out of consideration for the Bills and coach Doug Marrone. Pettine served as the Bills’ defensive coordinator during the 2013 regular season.

“That was starting to wear on me these last couple of days,” Pettine said Thursday during an interview with WGR-AM 550. “I talked to Doug and it was getting to the point where I'd say, 'Hey, if this goes on much longer, I need to pull out, because it's just not fair to the Bills.’”

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Browns interested in former Texans coach Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator, per NFL Network

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 24, 2014

The Browns are interested in former Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak as an offensive coordinator, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport wrote on Twitter this morning.

Rapoport wrote that hiring Kubiak would make sense given the Browns’ “love for” running back Ben Tate, who’s set to become a free agent March 11.

However, the Browns' interest in Kubiak might not matter much. ESPN's Adam Schefter later reported that "despite the Browns' interest, it is considered unlikely" that he'll become their offensive coordinator.

New Browns coach Mike Pettine said he would like to have a former NFL head coach on his staff to help him learn the ropes. Pettine was the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills last season and the New York Jets the previous four years, but he has never been a head coach in the league before.

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Browns coach Mike Pettine's introductory news conference transcript

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 23, 2014

The Browns hired Mike Pettine as their 15th full-time head coach and the seventh since 1999 today. Below is a transcript from his introductory news conference:

Owner Jimmy Haslam

Opening statement:

“This is a very exciting day for the Cleveland Browns organization, for our players, and for the unbelievable fans we have throughout Northeastern Ohio and Cleveland and, really, the entire country. Mike Pettine is the product of a football family. His father is a legendary coach in Pennsylvania. His record was 326-32-4. I think the most important statistic is five of those 326 wins came against his son and none of the 32 losses came against his son. He was 5-0 against his son. Mike is a graduate of Virginia, played football there, was a two-year letterman, graduated with a degree in economics, began his pro career in 2002 with the Baltimore Ravens and then moved on to the New York Jets, and this past year was defensive coordinator at the Buffalo Bills. Mike brings exactly what we think we need for our organization. He’s smart, he’s innovative, he’s demanding, he’s tough. He brings what we consider to be a blue-collar work ethic to the Cleveland Browns organization. I think he will be a perfect fit for our team and our fans. I think we’ll make very god progress under Mike’s leadership and once again, I can’t tell you how excited we are to have Mike be the 15th head coach of the Cleveland Browns. (CEO) Joe (Banner) is going to make a couple of remarks and introduce Mike. Then you all have a chance to listen to Mike and Mike will then do a Q&A. Joe Banner.”

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Browns expected to offer their head-coaching job to Bills DC Mike Pettine, ESPN reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 23, 2014

Updated at 2:55 p.m.

The Browns could finally hire a head coach on the 25th day of their search.

The team is prepared to offer its head-coaching job to Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine today, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns are not commenting on interviews or candidates during their search.

Pettine is at the Browns' training facility today for a third interview. The two sides still need to work out a deal before anything becomes official. Pettine arrived at the Browns' training facility at about 2:15 p.m. today, Fox 8 reported.

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Patriots' Josh McDaniels wanted back in Browns coaching mix, reports say

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 22, 2014

WKYC Channel 3’s Jim Donovan and Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com reported late Wednesday night that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels contacted the Browns this week and could be back in the mix in the Browns coaching search.

Minutes later, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network shot down that possibilitiy in two tweets, while acknowledging that McDaniels did call the Browns after Sunday's AFC Championship game.

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Browns coaching search: Mike Pettine one of two finalists to meet with brass Thursday, ESPN reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 22, 2014

The Browns have narrowed their lengthy head-coaching search down to two finalists who will meet with the team’s bigwigs Thursday in Northeast Ohio, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported tonight.

Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is the favorite to land the job, Schefter reported. Pettine will fly to Cleveland Thursday for his third interview with the organization, according to the report. The identity of the other finalist is unknown.

The Browns also interviewed ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano today in Florida, according to FootballScoop.com. However, Schiano will not become the next head coach of the Browns, a league source told the Beacon Journal. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the team isn’t commenting during its search to replace Rob Chudzinski, who was fired Dec. 29 after going 4-12 during his first season on the job.

At least nine known candidates have interviewed with the Browns, and the tally is 10 when including Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Koetter spoke to the Browns early today, but it wasn’t a formal interview.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter says Browns may have a curve ball coming in coaching search

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 22, 2014

The Buffalo Bills do not want to lose defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to the Browns. If what ESPN's Adam Schefter said during a Wednesday afternoon radio show proves true, the Bills may end up happy.

Speaking about the Browns coaching search on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN radio, Schefter called Pettine a “fall back” option for the Browns, according to a blog post on the Bills’ web site.

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Reports: Browns talk to Falcons' Dirk Koetter, but no formal interview

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 22, 2014

Multiple reports say the Browns have spoken to Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter about their coaching vacancy, but Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com called Koetter a "longshot candidate."

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweeted that the Browns talked to Koetter on Wednesday, but that it wasn't a formal interview.

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Report: Bills' Mike Pettine could have answer from Browns by end of day

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 22, 2014

Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine might have expected to receive an offer from the Cleveland Browns after completing his second interview for their vacant coaching position Tuesday night.

But Pettine told College2Pro.com on Wednesday that “he should know by day’s end” if he’s going to succeed Rob Chudzinski.

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Report: Scott Turner interviewing QBs for Vikings at Senior Bowl

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 22, 2014

Another member of former Browns coach Rob Chudzinski’s staff appears headed to the Minnesota Vikings.

Browns wide receivers coach Scott Turner will coach quarterbacks for the Vikings, joining his father, new Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner, according to Master Tesfatsion of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Report: Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to interview for Browns' head-coaching job

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 21, 2014

The Browns will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter for their head-coaching vacancy, Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez reported today.

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase withdrew from the running this morning, a league source said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Browns aren’t commenting on interviews during the search.

The Browns will move forward by conducting a second interview with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine tonight, a source said. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Browns will meet with Pettine in Mobile, Ala., where most of the NFL is congregated this week for the Senior Bowl. Pettine had his first interview with the Browns Jan. 16.

The Browns are also expected to conduct a second interview with Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Even though Quinn is in the Super Bowl, NFL rules would allow the Browns to meet with him again this week. It would need to take place no later than Sunday. Quinn became the first candidate to interview with the Browns on Jan. 1.

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Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase withdraws from consideration for Browns' head-coaching job

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 21, 2014

The Browns can cross Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase off their wish list.

He might have been the team’s top target as its search for a head coach continues.

Gase called the Browns this morning and told them he would not be interviewing for their head-coaching job after facing the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team isn’t commenting on interviews during its search. The Denver Post first reported the news this morning.

So where does Gase’s decision leave the Browns?

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Browns strong safety T.J. Ward added to Pro Bowl as injury replacement for Troy Polamalu

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 20, 2014

The Browns will have six representatives in the Pro Bowl this year because strong safety T.J. Ward was added to the all-star game tonight as an injury replace for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu.

So the Browns will have the most Pro Bowlers they’ve had since they sent six players to the all-star game following the 2007 season. The Browns went 4-12 this past season and 10-6 in 2007.

The Pro Bowl will be played at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in Honolulu.

Last month, Ward was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate. This will be his first Pro Bowl. Five of his teammates were voted in: Wide receiver Josh Gordon, cornerback Joe Haden, tight end Jordan Cameron, center Alex Mack and left offensive tackle Joe Thomas.

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Defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi leaves Browns, joins Titans with DC Ray Horton

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 20, 2014

Former Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton is bringing his right-hand man along for yet another new job.

The Tennessee Titans not only announced their previously reported hire of Horton today, but they also named Louie Cioffi their defensive backs coach.

Cioffi spent the 2013 season with Horton and Browns, serving as their defensive backs coach. He held the same job with the Arizona Cardinals from 2011-12, when Horton led the Cardinals' defense. Cioffi has 19 seasons as an NFL assistant on his resume.

Under Cioffi’s guidance, the Browns finished this past season with the NFL’s eighth-ranked pass defense (221.1 passing yards allowed per game). Cornerback Joe Haden also made his first Pro Bowl, and Haden and strong safety T.J. Ward were named second-team All Pro.

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2014 NFL Draft: Browns willing to trade up, if necessary, to nab Johnny Manziel, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 19, 2014

The NFL Draft won’t start until May 8, but the Browns have already been linked to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel countless times through various reports.

The general narrative is something along these lines: Although the Browns don’t have a head coach yet, the front office is infatuated with Manziel and plans to target him with the fourth overall pick.

But what if one of the teams selecting ahead of the Browns – the Houston Texans (No. 1 overall pick), St. Louis Rams (No. 2) or Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 3) -- wants Manziel? Or what if another team makes a trade to leapfrog the Browns because it’s targeting Manziel?

Well, if the Browns think Manziel won’t be available at No. 4, they would obviously need to trade up if they really do want him and the rumblings are more than just smoke screens.

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Reports: Browns want to interview Seahawks DC Dan Quinn, Bills DC Mike Pettine a second time

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 19, 2014

The Browns have kept in contact with the representative of Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn in hopes of interviewing him a second time for their head-coaching vacancy, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning.

Meanwhile, the Browns plan to give Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine a second interview for their head-coaching job early this week, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported today. Pettine reportedly had his first interview with the Browns Jan. 16.

There’s a lot of mutual interest between the Browns and Quinn, according NFL Network. Quinn and the Seahawks will face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at 6:30 p.m. today.

If Quinn became a head coach, his list of offensive coordinator candidates would include former Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak and former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, according to the report.

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Ex-Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner reaches deal to join Vikings, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 18, 2014

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner has made his anticipated departure from the Browns by striking a deal to take the same job with the Minnesota Vikings, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported this evening.

Turner, 61, spent the 2013 season with the Browns, but he wasn’t expected to return after owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner fired coach Rob Chudzinski on Dec. 29. The Browns, who went 4-12, have yet to hire Chudzinski’s replacement.

Turner’s son, Scott, is expected to follow him to the Vikings and become quarterbacks coach, Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reported Thursday. Scott Turner, 31, spent this past season serving as the Browns’ wide receivers coach.

Forced to use three quarterbacks because of injuries and poor performance, the Browns finished their lone season under Norv Turner’s guidance with the NFL’s 18th-ranked offense (338.9). They ranked 11th in passing (252.5 yards per game), 27th in rushing (86.4 yards per game) and 27th in scoring (19.2 points per game).

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Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton accepts job offer from Titans, according to reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 18, 2014

As expected, defensive coordinator Ray Horton is leaving the Browns to take the same job with the Tennessee Titans.

Horton has accepted an offer from the Titans, according to multiple reports. Cleveland.com first reported the news this morning.

Horton’s departure was foreshadowed when the Browns fired coach Rob Chudzinski on Dec. 29 after he went 4-12 during his first season on the job. The Browns have yet to hire a new head coach.

Horton, 53, will reunite with new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt. Horton was Whisenhunt’s defensive coordinator when the two spent the 2011-12 seasons together with the Arizona Cardinals.

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Browns wide receiver Davone Bess arrested this morning, charged with assaulting officer at airport

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 17, 2014
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Casting a larger shadow of doubt on his future with the Browns, wide receiver Davone Bess was arrested this morning at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida and charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to a police report obtained by the Beacon Journal.

Records show Bess was booked into the Broward County Jail after the arrest was made at 6:19 a.m. today. He posted $100 bond at 10:23 a.m. and was released from custody, a public information officer at the Broward County Sheriff's Office said. A court date has yet to be scheduled.

A Browns spokesman said the team was aware of the situation and working to gather more details.

Bess left the Browns last month to deal with a family issue and missed the final two games of the 2013 season. He has since displayed troubling behavior via social media and his recent run-in with the law. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Browns eventually cut ties with him as a result.

In the arrest report, Broward Sheriff’s deputy Thomas O’Brien stated he was working a TSA detail at the airport when several passengers notified him Bess was in the concourse “acting irrationally, dancing, singing with his pants repeatedly falling down.”

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Report: Browns to interview Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia for head-coaching job

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 16, 2014

The Browns will interview Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia for their head-coaching vacancy on Saturday, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported tonight.

The Washington Redskins confirmed they interviewed Bisaccia for their head-coaching job on Jan. 3. But they chose former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden instead and hired him last week.

Bisaccia has 31 years of coaching experience on his resume, including 12 seasons in charge of NFL special teams units. He has never been a head coach.

Bisaccia, 53, joined the Cowboys in 2013 after guiding the San Diego Chargers’ special teams from 2011-12 and serving as an assistant head coach in his final season with the organization.

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Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner close to reaching deal with Vikings, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 16, 2014

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner is close to reaching a deal that would make his departure from the Browns official and give him the same position with the Minnesota Vikings under new coach Mike Zimmer, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning, citing unnamed sources.

Turner told the Associated Press today in a phone interview that a contract with the Vikings was not finalized but “hopefully it works out.”

Turner spent the 2013 season with the Browns, but he wasn’t expected to return after owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner fired coach Rob Chudzinski on Dec. 29. The Browns went 4-12 during the first season with Turner and Chudzinski guiding the offense. They have yet to hire Chudzinski’s replacement.

Turner’s son, Scott, is expected to follow him to the Vikings and become their quarterbacks coach, Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reported today. Scott Turner, 31, spent this past season serving as the Browns’ wide receivers coach.

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Controversial photos appear on Davone Bess' Twitter account, Browns say they'll deal with matter

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 16, 2014

More questions were raised this morning about the off-field behavior of wide receiver Davone Bess and his future with the Browns when a photograph featuring what appears to be a cigar and a potential banned substance was posted on his official Twitter account.

“The team is aware of the photos and looking further into the situation, and will deal with the matter internally,” a Browns spokesman said.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league had no comment.

A photo posted at 7:20 a.m. today from Plantation, Fla., shows what looks like a cigar on a table beside a small bag containing a green and brown substance that looks like marijuana. The bag is atop a phone with a screen saver that reads, “Jah,” which means God in the Rastafarian culture. Some of the substance is out of the bag and spread on the table. A glass of a clear beverage and a bottle of 5-hour Energy drink are also shown.

A separate photo posted at 7:32 a.m. today shows Bess posing with a woman in a garage beside a car. Bess is shown with a cigarette or cigarillo in his mouth.

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Browns to interview Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 15, 2014

The Browns will interview Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine on Thursday for their head-coaching vacancy, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported tonight. The Bills later confirmed they've granted permission for the interview to take place.

The Browns are not commenting on interviews as they search to replace coach Rob Chudzinski, who was fired Dec. 29 after going 4-12 during his first season on the job.

Pettine, 47, spent the 2013 season with the Bills after serving as the New York Jets’ defensive coordinator the previous four years. Pettine was an assistant for the Baltimore Ravens from 2002-08, working as an outside linebackers coach his last four seasons with the team.

Under Pettine’s guidance, the Bills used a 4-3 scheme and finished the 2013 regular season with the NFL’s 10th-ranked defense (333.4 yards allowed per game). With Pettine in charge of the Jets’ defense, it ranked first in 2009, third in 2010, fifth in 2011 and eighth in 2012.

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Browns only NFL team without head coach as Vikings hire Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 15, 2014

Seven NFL teams fired their head coaches in the past month. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported today that the Minnesota Vikings are hiring Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as their head coach. So only the Browns have yet to fill their head-coaching vacancy. The head-coaching search of each team is outlined in the chart below.

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam updates fans on coaching search in letter

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 15, 2014

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam released a letter this morning to update fans on the team's search for its seventh full-time head coach since 1999. It was sent to season-ticket holders and distributed to the media.

Haslam and CEO Joe Banner fired coach Rob Chudzinski on Dec. 29 after the Browns went 4-12 during his first season on the job. Since then, the organization has received rampant criticism for its drawn-out search partly because two candidates have withdrawn from the running and two more have accepted jobs with other teams, fueling the perception that coaches don't want to work for the Browns in the wake of Chudzinski's quick dismissal. NFL Network’s Albert Breer wrote on Twitter this past weekend that the job is viewed as “radioactive.”

Of the seven NFL teams who fired a head coach in the past month, only the Browns have yet to fill their vacancy. The letter was released before news broke today about the Minnesota Vikings hiring Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as their head coach, leaving the Browns as the only team with an opening.

But as Haslam explains in the letter, the Browns have chosen to wait to interview an assistant or assistants who are still in the playoffs before wrapping up their search. For example, they're expected to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, a perceived front-runner to get the job, once his team has finished the postseason, a source confirmed, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the search.

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Browns letting defensive coordinator Ray Horton interview for any coaching job

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 14, 2014

The Browns have given defensive coordinator Ray Horton permission to interview for any available coaching positions, a league source confirmed today.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news today.

The interviews can be for any job, not just a head-coaching vacancy. Horton reportedly interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings' head-coaching job on Jan. 7.

In the wake of Rob Chudzinski being fired Dec. 29, Horton wasn't expected to return to the Browns after spending one season with the team. The Browns allowing Horton to interview for any job indicates he definitely won't be back.

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Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles drops out of running for Browns' head-coaching job

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 14, 2014

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles became the second candidate to interview with the Browns for their head-coaching job and later remove himself from consideration, according to multiple reports.

Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 first reported the news today.

Bowles interviewed with the Browns on Jan. 3. As a result, the Browns satisfied the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a head coach.

Bowles is still considered a candidate for the Minnesota Vikings’ job. Seven NFL teams fired a head coach recently, but the Browns and Vikings are the only ones who have yet to fill their vacancies.

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Charting coaching searches of Browns, other NFL teams

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 14, 2014

Seven NFL teams fired their head coaches in the past month. Only the Browns and Minnesota Vikings have yet to hire replacements. The head-coaching search of each team is outlined in the chart below.

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Lions hire Jim Caldwell as head coach, leaving Browns, Vikings as only NFL teams with vacancies

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 14, 2014

The Browns and Minnesota Vikings are the only NFL teams with head-coaching vacancies after the Detroit Lions announced today via their website that they hired Jim Caldwell, the former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator and Indianapolis Colts head coach.

The Vikings could fill their opening later today because they’re interviewing Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for a second time, according to reports.

As for the Browns, they’re expected to wait for an interview with perceived front-runner Adam Gase before replacing Rob Chudzinski, who was fired Dec. 29 after going 4-12 in his first season on the job, the Denver Post reported this morning. The Browns won’t be able to interview Gase, the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator, until he’s done with the postseason. The Broncos will host the New England Patriots at 3 p.m. Sunday in the AFC Championship game.

If it doesn’t work out with Gase, where will the Browns turn?

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Broncos OC Adam Gase expected to go through with interview with Browns, Denver Post reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 14, 2014

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is expected to go through with a head-coaching interview with the Browns once his team is finished with the postseason, the Denver Post reported this morning.

Two NFL sources told the Post the Browns are waiting to interview Gase, a perceived favorite to land the job, before they hire their seventh full-time head coach since 1999. Owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner fired coach Rob Chudzinski Dec. 29 after the team went 4-12 during his first season on the job.

Gase and the Broncos will face the New England Patriots at 3 p.m. Sunday in the AFC Championship game. If the Broncos lose, Gase could interview with the Browns as early as Sunday night or Monday. If the Broncos win and advance to face either the San Francisco 49ers or Seattle Seahawks at 6:25 p.m. Feb. 2 in Super Bowl XLVIII, the earliest he could interview with the Browns would be Feb. 3.

The Browns submitted their first interview request to Gase, and NFL rules would’ve allowed him to carry out the meeting before the conclusion of wild-card weekend Jan. 5 because the Broncos had a bye. However, Gase told the Browns and Minnesota Vikings he wouldn’t satisfy their interview requests until the Broncos were finished with the playoffs. The Vikings have reportedly moved on and are whittling their list of candidates down to finalists while the Browns wait for Gase.

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Browns WR Josh Gordon, LT Joe Thomas named to Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL team

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 13, 2014

Wide receiver Josh Gordon and offensive left tackle Joe Thomas represent the Browns this year on the Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL team.

Center Alex Mack, tight end Jordan Cameron and cornerback Joe Haden join Gordon and Thomas on the PFWA All-AFC team.

PFWA members vote to form the teams. The results were unveiled today.

All five players were selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl last month. All of them except for Cameron were named to the Associated Press 2013 NFL All-Pro team earlier this month. Gordon and Thomas were first-team All-Pro selections. Mack and Haden were second-team picks.

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Browns interviewing Mike Munchak for head-coaching vacancy today, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 13, 2014

The Browns are interviewing former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak today for their head-coaching vacancy, Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez reported this morning, citing an unnamed source.

The Browns are not commenting on interviews as they search for their seventh full-time head coach since 1999 after firing Rob Chudzinski on Dec. 29. Chudzinski went 4-12 in his lone season on the job.

The Titans offered to let Munchak keep his job, even with a contract extension, if he agreed to fire at least six of his assistant coaches, the Tennessean reported. When he refused, the organization fired him Jan. 4.

Munchak went 22-26 in three seasons with the Titans, including a 7-9 record in 2013. The Titans haven't reached the playoffs since 2008.

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2014 NFL Draft: Browns have 26th overall pick as a result of Trent Richardson trade

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 12, 2014

The Browns netted the 26th overall pick in May’s draft by trading running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in September.

The Colts were eliminated from the postseason late Saturday night via a 43-22 loss to the New England Patriots. The Colts were slotted for pick No. 26 when the Denver Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 24-17 tonight. The Chargers have the 25th overall pick. The draft order isn’t set for playoff teams until they’re eliminated.

So the Browns have two first-round picks – their own selection (fourth overall) and the Colts’ pick (26th overall). On Sept. 18, they traded Richardson, an underachiever thus far who was picked third overall in 2012, to the Colts in exchange for their 2014 first-round choice.

It seems premature to predict which prospect the Browns will target with their top pick because the team is still searching for a head coach after firing Rob Chudzinski Dec. 29. However, it’s a safe bet it’ll be a quarterback, and several national writers have linked Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel to the Browns because the front office supposedly loves him. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Saturday that the Browns are “very high” on Manziel. Draft analysts widely consider Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Central Florida’s Blake Bortles the other top-rated quarterbacks in this year’s class.

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2014 NFL Draft: Browns to own 25th or 26th overall pick depending on outcome of Chargers vs. Broncos

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 12, 2014

The Browns will find out tonight exactly which draft pick the Trent Richardson trade netted them because the Indianapolis Colts were eliminated from the postseason late Saturday via a 43-22 loss to the New England Patriots.

The Browns have two first-round picks in May’s draft – their own selection (fourth overall) and the Colts’ pick (either 25th or 26th overall).

The San Diego Chargers will face the Denver Broncos at 4:40 p.m. today at Mile High Stadium. If the Chargers pull off an upset, the Browns will get pick No. 25. If the Chargers lose, the Browns will receive pick No. 26.

On Sept. 18, the Browns traded Richardson, an underachieving running back who was picked third overall in 2012, to the Colts in exchange for their 2014 first-round choice. The draft order isn’t set for playoff teams until they’re eliminated.

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Possible Browns coaching candidate James Franklin officially hired by Penn State

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 11, 2014

James Franklin can officially be eliminated as a possibility to become the Browns’ next head coach.

Penn State announced this morning that it hired Franklin as its head coach after he spent the previous three seasons at Vanderbilt University. Last week, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports labeled Franklin and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn as college coaches in whom the Browns were very interested.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last week that the Browns and Washington Redskins requested interviews with Franklin, who led Vanderbilt to a bowl game in each of his three seasons with the program. According to Schefter’s report, Franklin also interviewed with the Houston Texans three weeks ago before they decided to hire former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien.

The Redskins announced Thursday that they hired former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as their head coach.

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Browns' Ray Farmer emerges as leading candidate for Dolphins' GM job, according to Miami Herald

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 10, 2014

Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer is the leading candidate to become the Miami Dolphins’ new GM, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported today, citing multiple unnamed sources.

The Dolphins will interview Farmer, 39, and several others after firing GM Jeff Ireland on Tuesday.

According to the report, Farmer has emerged as the front-runner not only because of his strong background, but also because former Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson is Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ chief advisor for the search. Peterson became a huge fan of Farmer when they worked together in Kansas City for a few years.

Farmer spent seven seasons (2006-12) as the Chiefs’ director of pro personnel and worked as a pro scout with the Atlanta Falcons during the previous four years (2002-05). Last year, he interviewed for the Browns’ GM position, but owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner instead chose Mike Lombardi and hired him Jan. 18. Then they backtracked and hired Farmer to serve as Lombardi’s right-hand man March 5.

The Browns have raved about Farmer ever since.

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Jim Tressel expresses interest in NFL job but says Browns haven’t talked to him

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 9, 2014

Former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel made it clear he would like to work in the NFL, but he said the Browns haven’t talked to him about their head-coaching vacancy.

“I have not had discussions with Cleveland,” Tressel said today during a radio interview with 97.1 FM in Columbus. “It doesn’t mean that I don’t have any interest in the NFL or anything. I don’t want to paint that picture. But at this point in time, I have not.”

Last week, Fox Sports 1350, citing an unnamed source, reported that Tressel, who’s now the University of Akron’s executive vice president, would interview with the Browns for their head-coaching job within a couple of days. However, a source familiar with the Browns’ search told the Beacon Journal that the report about Tressel was “not true.” The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.

Although Tressel confirmed he’s not in the mix to lead the Browns, he sounded as if he’d love to coach again. He said he’s “deeply entrenched” in his job at UA, but he also couldn’t hide the excitement he’s experienced while recently watching college bowl games and the NFL playoffs.

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Browns personnel executive Ray Farmer to interview for Dolphins' GM job

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 9, 2014

The Browns have granted the Miami Dolphins permission to interview Ray Farmer for their general manager job, a league source confirmed today for the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the teams involved had yet to comment.

Farmer, 39, spent this past season as the Browns’ assistant general manager. Last year, he interviewed for the team’s GM position, but owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner instead chose Mike Lombardi and hired him Jan. 18. They hired Farmer to serve as Lombardi’s right-hand man March 5.

NationalFootballPost.com first reported this afternoon that the Dolphins asked and received permission to interview Farmer, citing a telephone interview with Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten, a former offensive lineman for the Browns. The alliance advocates the hiring and promotion of minority candidates in the NFL through public education and communication with team and league ownership and management.

The Dolphins severed ties with General Manager Jeff Ireland on Tuesday. Other candidates reportedly in the running to replace him are Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson and New York Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross.

If Farmer lands another job, it would be a significant blow to the Browns’ personnel department.

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Browns to interview Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt on Saturday, ESPN reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 9, 2014

The Browns didn’t pick Ken Whisenhunt to become their head coach last year, but they’re compelled to give him a chance to convince them they were wrong.

The Browns will interview Whisenhunt on Saturday for their head-coaching vacancy, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning. Whisenhunt, the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers, will interview with the Detroit Lions today and the Tennessee Titans on Friday, according to the report.

The Browns interviewed Whisenhunt twice last year and he became a finalist for their head-coaching job before they chose Rob Chudzinski instead. Chudzinski went 4-12 and was fired Dec. 29 after his first season on the job.

Browns CEO Joe Banner left himself some wiggle room last week when he said, “I don’t think there will be anybody from last year’s search who will be a candidate this year.” Whisenhunt, 51, is obviously the exception.

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Josh McDaniels removes himself from running for Browns' head-coaching job, ESPN reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 8, 2014

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has withdrawn himself from consideration for the Browns’ head-coaching job, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported today, citing an unnamed source.

McDaniels, a Canton native, was a perceived favorite to replace Rob Chudzinski, who was fired Dec. 29 after just one season on the job. McDaniels interviewed with the Browns this past weekend in the New England area.

Schefter reported that one person who knows McDaniels said he had “an awesome” meeting with Browns, but it isn’t right time for him to become a head coach. Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported that McDaniels and the Browns met for seven-and-a-half hours Saturday and that owner Jimmy Haslam loved him.

After interviewing with Haslam and CEO Joe Banner during his team's bye on wild-card weekend, McDaniels is helping the Patriots prepare this week for their divisional playoff game Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts. League rules prohibit teams from offering jobs to NFL assistant coaches until they're eliminated from the postseason.

Regardless, the Browns' courtship of McDaniels, 37, won't end in marriage unless he changes his mind. He went 11-17 as head coach of the Denver Broncos from 2009-10. He began his tenure 6-0 but was fired after Week 13 of the 2010 season, losing 17 of his last 22 games.

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Browns to interview Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo on Wednesday, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 7, 2014

A new name has surfaced in the Browns’ search for their seventh full-time head coach since 1999.

The Browns will interview Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo on Wednesday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today, citing an unnamed source. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported the interview was set for this week.

The Browns are looking for a coach because they fired Rob Chudzinski Dec. 29 after he spent just one season on the job. The team went 4-12 under Chudzinski and suffered seven consecutive losses to end the season.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the news about McAdoo is the potential for him to follow a similar career path to that of Andy Reid, one of the most respected head coaches in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts in a wild-card game this past weekend, but in his first season with the team, Reid guided it to a record of 11-5 and a postseason berth after it went 2-14 in 2012.

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Josh McDaniels confirms he interviewed with Browns: 'The opportunities are certainly flattering'

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 6, 2014

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels confirmed he interviewed with the Browns for their head-coaching vacancy this past weekend.

“We met and that’s about all there is at this point,” McDaniels said today during a conference call with reporters who cover the Patriots. “Nothing, nothing further.”

McDaniels, 37, didn’t want to elaborate on his meeting with the Browns. He cited his desire to focus on the Patriots’ upcoming playoff game Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

“I appreciate the question, and I understand it,” said McDaniels, a Canton native. “I know that’s something that comes up each time this year for other coaches. The opportunities are certainly flattering if they come up. That being said, I am going to try to keep my focus on the Colts and our preparation this week. Like I’ve said in the past, I’m fortunate to have the job I have, and I love being here. I love doing what I’m doing. Each opportunity that comes along is a little different and I’m going to leave it at that and continue to put my effort and attention into the Colts this week.”

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Browns defensive line coach Joe Cullen finds new job with Buccaneers, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 6, 2014

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hiring Browns defensive line coach Joe Cullen, Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reported today.

Cullen is the first Browns assistant coach known to land another gig since owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner fired Rob Chudzinski Dec. 29 after he spent just one season on the job. Cullen also spent one season with the organization.

Most, if not all, of Chudzinski’s assistants no longer have futures with the Browns, who went 4-12 in 2013 and finished with seven consecutive losses. Banner said last week whoever becomes the new head coach would decide whether he wants to retain anyone.

Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton is scheduled to interview with the Minnesota Vikings for their head-coaching vacancy Tuesday, John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance said last week via the Detroit Free Press. The alliance advocates the hiring and promotion of minority candidates in the NFL through public education and communication with team and league ownership and management.

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NFL Network labels Bob Stoops, Josh McDaniels as Browns’ top two head-coaching candidates

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 4, 2014

With the Browns searching for their seventh full-time head coach since 1999, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported today that University of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are the top two candidates to fill the vacancy created by the firing of Rob Chudzinski after just one season on the job.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are interviewing McDaniels, a Canton native, today in the New England area, according to several reports.

NFL assistant coaches whose teams are in the playoffs are not permitted to agree to jobs until they’re eliminated from the postseason, according to league rules. The Patriots (12-4) have a bye this weekend and won’t play until Jan. 11. 

Stoops, on the other hand, could make his first leap to the NFL at anytime. He led Oklahoma to a 45-31 upset over Alabama on Thursday night in the Sugar Bowl.

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Five Browns players named All Pro: Josh Gordon, Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Joe Haden, T.J. Ward

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 3, 2014

Two Browns players – wide receiver Josh Gordon and left offensive tackle Joe Thomas – were selected first-team All Pro.

A national panel of 50 media members voted for the Associated Press 2013 NFL All-Pro team, and the results were unveiled today.

The Browns also had center Alex Mack, cornerback Joe Haden and strong safety T.J. Ward named second-team All Pro.

So the Browns had five players voted to the Pro Bowl and five players voted All Pro (two first team and three second team) despite finishing the 2013 season with a record of 4-12 and a seven-game losing streak that cost coach Rob Chudzinski his job after less than a full year at the helm.

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Former NFL personnel exec links Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops to Browns' coaching vacancy

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 3, 2014

Add longtime University of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops to the list of names linked to the Browns as they search for their seventh full-time head coach since 1999 after firing Rob Chudzinski Sunday night after he spent just one season on the job.

During Oklahoma’s 45-31 victory over Alabama on Thursday night in the Sugar Bowl, former NFL personnel man Tony Softli wrote on Twitter that, “Stoops may have the inside track on the Cleveland Browns opening.” Softli was the Carolina Panthers’ director of college scouting and the St. Louis Rams’ vice president of player personnel before becoming a sideline reporter for the Rams and an insider for St. Louis radio station ESPN 101.

Stoops is a Youngstown native and a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School. He has a Cleveland-based agent, Neil Cornrich.

Stoops was not asked about being linked to the Browns' vacancy during his postgame news conference Thursday night, but he did face the question Friday morning on The Dan Patrick Show.

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