While the Lions and the Titans have made their final decisions on a new head coach, it seems the Browns have fallen behind in their search. Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles have already removed themselves from consideration, so now the real question is if there is any hope of the Browns being able to tempt anyone of merit to come coach in Cleveland.
According to NFL.com, owner Jimmy Haslam may have sensed some unrest in the faithful fans of the team, because he wrote a letter to all of them in a feeble attempt to explain why the Browns haven’t been able to lure anyone with respect to the team.
I thought it was important to take a little bit of time to update you on our head-coach search. We have had the opportunity to speak to a number of outstanding candidates. We have purposefully been very methodical in our approach. We believe it is very important to stay disciplined to this process and to interview all of the candidates on our list. We are strongly committed to finding the right person to coach the Cleveland Browns.
We understood from the beginning that if we wanted to speak to all of the coaches on our list that we may need to wait until they have completed their participation in the playoffs. We are prepared to wait as long as necessary because this is a very important decision. Everyone in our organization is committed to finding the right leader for our team.
We believe the head coach of the Cleveland Browns to be a very attractive position. We have one of the youngest teams in the League, a roster that includes five Pro Bowlers. In addition, we have more salary-cap room than all but one NFL team. We also have three of the top 35 picks in the upcoming draft and five of the top 83 selections.
We are very much looking forward to adding a strong coach to our football team. On behalf of the Cleveland Browns, I cannot thank you enough for your valuable support and passion that you show for our team.
We look forward to communicating with you again after the search process is complete. Thank you again for your phenomenal support and loyalty.
The “methodical search” sounds good in theory, but it’s more likely that Haslam is grasping at straws to find someone who is willing to deal with the behind the scenes saga that is the Browns. Since Haslam has decided to use the NFL Playoffs as the excuse, we shall all wait to see what unfolds in the search for a new head coach after the Super Bowl.