Are You Excited About the Cleveland Browns' Coaching Candidates Yet?

This is nothing against the coaching abilities of Marc Trestman, Mike Zimmer or Rob Chudzinski, who have all been in Berea during the last few days to interview for the vacant head coaching job with the Cleveland Browns. After all, each brings a little something to the table – Trestman knows how to run an offense, Zimmer is a leader and defense-oriented coach, and Chudzinski…well, he at least knows how to get to the stadium.

One of these guys could be the next coach of the Cleveland Browns, and a strong case could be made for each one’s success. Of course, that is always what happens with a coaching candidate (especially an unproven one). Writers wax poetic about their accomplishments and use as many buzzwords as possible to make it a sexy interview (i.e. this guy’s a guru).

But do any of those names excite you? Sure, the Browns are doing their due diligence in the interview process – and that’s a good thing – but it’s hard to conjure up any unbridled enthusiasm for the list of names that have recently been rolling through Berea. With Chip Kelly deciding to stay at Oregon, and the Browns apparently not as high on Ken Whisenhunt or Lovie Smith for some reason, hiring a smaller name comes with a great deal of blind trust on the part of fans.

Are they ready to provide that?

With bigger names out there – names that are actual fits for this team – it will be hard for the organization to justify even hiring someone like Zimmer, who has been deserving of a head coaching gig for a while now. The Browns don’t seem to be in much of a hurry to find someone with previous head coaching experience in the NFL, though Whisenhunt and Smith have both taken teams to the Super Bowl. While that doesn’t guarantee future success, those are the only two potential hires that could be met with acceptance in the aftermath of last week’s Arizona debacle.

The Browns could very well give another coach his first shot at being a head coach in the NFL. Are you excited yet?


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  • GBDawg

    Out of those, I’d be content with Trestman. I think he is an interesting choice but suspect if we don’t move soon, someone else will.

  • Keith

    Pay close attention to who endorses the candidates we interview. Guys who have coached and played in the NFL have credibility and Trestman has their endorsement and respect. Forget about the sexy names. We need results from a proven winner! Go Browns!

  • Terry Exline

    When you are the developmental league of the NFL, that includes coaches too.

  • Silicon Slick

    They have Failed As new owner. Not One of These guys will be hear 4 years after they re hired, A bunch of retreads, and coaches who Have done nothing great, But yet get built up by media like yourself, Nor One on the browns List will be successful In Cleveland, just many More years Of losers, Second interview for HC who was fired by a Team that was no better then we have, Yea great guy to consider, bring a loser in to Coach a losing Team, Or bring Back one of the many who stuck when they were here before, And u call ur self a reporter, Tell the truth about the crap the Browns r looking at and tell the truth what the future holds for this ownership. Years many Years Of losers…………..

  • William M Klepper

    I have been following The Browns and The Bears for 25 or more years, and still say Brown was better than Sweetness, but not by much. Both teams need some one that has that same king of mentality, the game is won in the trenches. Lovie can do for the Browns what he failed to do at the Bears, get past the playoffs. The teams are very much alike, blue collar and hard hitting.