Former Browns coaches reportedly held an alumni dinner at the Combine
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns have done their part to fill the staffs of NFL teams with their former coaches. That group reportedly got together to trade stories at the Scouting Combine.
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has been notable for two things since purchasing the team in 2012 from previous owner Randy Lerner: losing and firing coaches.
In the ensuing six years (has it really only been six years?), Haslam has seen the Browns go 20-76 and he has subsequently fired three head coaches – Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski and Mike Pettine – along with numerous assistant coaches.
So it should come as no surprise that a group of former Browns coaches got together last week for an alumni dinner in Indianapolis at the annual NFL Scouting Combine, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler:
And the name of the restaurant, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter? None other than Rock Bottom:
Fowler did not name names as to who was in attendance at the dinner, and he did say it was a small group, but several former Browns coaches were likely at the Combine, so the dinner party could have included:
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- Shurmur, now the head coach of the New York Giants, who was fired in 2012 after going 9-23 in two seasons with the Browns.
- Pettine, now the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers, who was fired in 2015 after going 10-22 in two seasons with the Browns.
- Chudzinski, now the offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts, who was fired in 2013 after going 4-12 in one season with the Browns.
- John DeFilippo, now the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, who was not retained after serving as offensive coordinator for the Browns in 2015.
- Norv Turner, now the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, who was not retained after serving as offensive coordinator for the in 2013.
- Romeo Crennel, now the assistant head coach/defense of the Houston Texans, who was fired (but not by Haslam) in 2008 after going 24-40 in four seasons with the Browns.
There are probably several more coaches that we are forgetting about, but you get the picture: there are a lot of former Browns coaches plying their trade with other NFL teams right now, any number of whom could have been at the dinner.
One person who should not have been there, of course, is current New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who was fired by the Baltimore Ravens in 1995 by then owner Art Modell. When talk comes of former Browns coaches, people continue to struggle with that concept.
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Fowler did not give any hint of whether or not the dinner will be held again next year, but if it does the group may want to set out another plate as the number of former Browns coaches may swell after the upcoming season.