Report: Cleveland Browns interview with Adam Gase goes well
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns began the interview process for their next head coach with Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
The Cleveland Browns got the ball rolling in their search for the 16th full-time head coach in franchise history on Wednesday as they interviewed Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
The interview reportedly went “well” with Gase, who the Browns tried to pursue the last time they had a coaching change, but Gase wanted no part of the Browns at that time.
While it is nice that the Browns finally got Gase in the building for a formal interview, they are facing competition for a coordinator who worked successfully for two years with Peyton Manning in Denver – probably not that difficult – but also with Jay Cutler in Chicago – a more daunting task.
This season Chicago was ranked No. 20 in total offense (344.8 yards per game), 12th in rushing (116.2) and 23rd in passing (228.6), while scoring 21 points per game. By comparison the Browns averaged 17.4 points per game – a number dragged down by Johnny Manziel’s continued inability to find the end zone.
Gase interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, who reportedly liked him so much as a candidate to replace Chip Kelly that they have a second interview planned for the weekend.
The Miami Dolphins are also planning to interview Gase, who reportedly are going to try to get him to agree to a deal without leaving South Beach.
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If the Dolphins can entice Gase with the prospect of working in a warm-weather city with quarterback Ryan Tannehill, it could open up another possibility for the Browns.
The Dolphins have been rumored to be the front runners to hire Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who will interview with the Browns on Sunday.
But if Miami turns to Gase instead, that is one less suitor between the Browns and Jackson, who has received considerable attention for the work he’s done with Cincinnati’s offense.
The Browns are also scheduled to interview Jacksonville Jaguar’s offensive line coach Doug Marrone, Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, and have been granted permission to schedule an interview with New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.