The Browns tied the NFL lead and a franchise record with five All-Pro selections and still finished the 2013 season with a record of 4-12 and a seven-game losing streak that cost coach Rob Chudzinski his job less than a year after he was hired.
Wide receiver Josh Gordon and left offensive tackle Joe Thomas were first-team All-Pro selections, and center Alex Mack, cornerback Joe Haden and strong safety T.J. Ward were named to the second team.
A national panel of 50 media members voted for the Associated Press 2013 NFL All-Pro team, and the results were unveiled Friday.
Only the Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) and San Francisco 49ers (12-4) had as many All-Pro selections for the 2013 season as the Browns. The Chiefs and 49ers made the playoffs.
The Browns also tied a team record for the most All-Pro players selected in the same year. In 1953, they had five honorees — Len Ford, Frank Gatski, Otto Graham, Lou Groza and Bill Willis. All of them went on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Gordon, Thomas, Mack and Haden were named to the Pro Bowl last month. Ward was picked as a Pro Bowl alternate. Tight end Jordan Cameron is the only Browns player selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl who was not recognized as a member of the All-Pro team.
Thomas, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, is the only player in the group who had previously been named All Pro. It’s the fourth time he has been voted first-team All Pro. He also has made the second team twice.
Of the Browns’ five All-Pro players, two are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 11: Mack and Ward.
Defensive coaches looking
Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton is expected to interview with the Minnesota Vikings for their head-coaching vacancy Tuesday, John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance said 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.
Most, if not all, of Chudzinski’s assistants are expected to leave the Browns in the aftermath of his firing. Browns CEO Joe Banner said the organization would be very liberal in allowing assistant coaches to interview with other teams.
Horton aspires to become a head coach. He interviewed for top positions last year with the Browns and the Arizona Cardinals.
The Atlanta Falcons requested and received permission to interview Browns defensive line coach Joe Cullen, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is open to trading the No. 1 overall pick in May’s draft, and the Browns have plenty of ammunition to trade up from No. 4 if they want. The point of moving up would be to nab a top quarterback such as Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater or Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.
“Maybe we’ll trade down and still get a quarterback that can do the job and get an outstanding defensive player,” McNair said Friday, according to ESPN.com. “It’s an exciting time. Everything’s a moving target. Lot of different pieces.”
The Browns have 10 selections, including seven in the first four rounds. They have two choices in the first round because they traded running back Trent Richardson in September to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for their top pick this year. The slot of that selection won’t be determined until the Colts (11-5) are eliminated from the playoffs. They’ll play the Chiefs at 4:35 p.m. Saturday.
The NFL fined Browns safety Jordan Poyer $7,875 for unnecessary roughness in the season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He received a face-mask penalty while covering a punt in the fourth quarter. … Former Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons linebacker Jamar Chaney visited the Browns on Thursday, ESPN contributor Adam Caplan reported. Chaney started all 16 games for the Eagles in 2011 but has started only five since.
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