Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Browns coaching search: Rapoport reports top 3 candidates for the job

#Browns also very interested in #Broncos OC Adam Gase. But they’d have to wait for Denver to finish. Strong candidate but on backburner now

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 4, 2014

Ian Rapoport tweeted out his top three candidates for the Cleveland Browns, but there seems to be a heavy lean on the first two simply for the fact that they can talk to them and get an agreement in place now.  Josh McDaniels, the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, Bob Stoops, head coach for Oklahoma and Adam Gase, the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.

A few things stand out so far.  McDaniels’ name has been there from the beginning and that has not changed.  From the standpoint of he has been there the whole time in reports would make many believe that he is the guy they really want, but that is based purely on media reports.

Stoops is a recent curveball in this process, but Gase has been mentioned, disappeared and come back a few times.  He had turned down the chance to interview for a few teams, opting to focus on the playoffs.  That does not mean he said ‘no’ to anyone.  It just means he is not interviewing right now with the risk that he might not get a job if openings fill up while the Broncos are playing for a Super Bowl.

The name noticeably absent from the list is Gus Malzahn of Auburn.  His name was a big one because of his meteoric rise in the coaching field.  It is unclear if the interest is not there or maybe Malzahn is content to stay in college.  In either case, at least in this report, his name has vanished for the time being.

The other conclusion being drawn is that maybe no one knows anything for sure.  As illustrated by the Jim Tressel mention yesterday, names are flying in from all over the place.

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  • Letterman007

    Are they sending up smoke signals or trying to just get something to write about? It’s all speculation until they can actually do the hiring after the Super Bowl or when these teams loose in the playoffs! Peter, I know you said in another article you thought it would be McDaniels, but who would you pick ?

    • Pete Smith

      I really don’t know yet. I see positives and negatives with all of them. No one has really jumped out to me and said this is the guy the team MUST hire. I suppose of what I know about them, McDaniels has me the most intrigued at this point.

  • Nc browns fan

    I would rather get poked in the eye with an ice pick everyday than have a coach who proved that he was a loser in the pros. Just back the brinks truck up to cowher, gruden, or dungey. Oh wait the browns all ready screwed that up showing the nfl that we are still an unstable franchise. Should of hired lovey smith.

    • Sam Gold

      I’m curious why this fascination with previous successful HC’s when Steve Mariucci, George Seifert, and Mike Ditka won Superbowls with their first team and went on to absolutely TANK with their next teams. Meanwhile, John Harbaugh, Sean Payton, Mike Smith, Bruce Arians, Ron Rivera, Marvin Lewis, Mike McCarthy, Chuck Pagano, Andy Reid (when he went to the Eagles), Mike Tomlin and Mike McCoy had ZERO head coaching experience at any level.

      • Pete Smith

        I don’t like coaches who are out of the league. Why? These guys are paid a fortune to work far less and now have an out. When they were coaching and grinding, they felt like they had to win. Now, it is more along the lines of they want to win.
        Some of these guys have been out of the league a decade. And they can easily quit. Joe Gibbs is one of the all time great coaches. Came back, was not the same in his second stint and left again.
        No thank you. Having guys who are extremely hungry is hugely important.

        • Sam Gold

          Thought this was interesting. DVR’d the show but haven’t had a chance yet to hear what Rapaport has to say.

          Why is Bob Stoops a top candidate for #Browns? They think he’s the perfect mix of discipline & players coach. Expect an interview this week— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 4, 2014

    • Nc browns fan

      Would rather take my chances with a proven winner than a proven loser like McDaniels. He was a horrible talent evaluator.

      • Sam Gold

        “65 of Peyton Mannings TD’s the last 2 yrs were to Josh McDaniels draft pics.”


        • Nc browns fan

          Peyton is in a league by himself. He could turn any team around. Tim tebow is all I have to say.

          • Nc browns fan

            Sam I would like nothing more than a browns Super Bowl. I’ve waited almost 39yrs for it. I’m a little uneasy right now. I just hope they look at all their options. Banner did do something right he got rid of trich he just put one on the ground. Ha ha ha.

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