With the Cleveland Browns reportedly not interested in interviewing Adam Gase for the head coaching vacancy, it is a great sign about Jimmy Haslam.
Manning played for three seasons with Gase as either his quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos. Manning thrived in his offense and has had nothing but good things to say about Gase, which helped the 40-year-old coach land the Dolphins head coaching job in 2016.
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If Cabot’s report proves to be true, it is a great sign about Haslam and his involvement in the coaching search. During Haslam’s time as the Browns owner, he has been known to pick his favorites during head coaching searches instead of letting his front office make the decisions.
Although Haslam has stated that he will not be leading the coaching search, there was concern that he would insert himself into the Browns decision makers and sway who the Browns would hire as head coach.
Haslam has one of the most respected and smartest football decision makers in the league with general manager John Dorsey. It would be smart of Haslam to allow Dorsey lead the search without much input from ownership. And it appears that Haslam is doing so.
Haslam is known to be close friends with Manning, and he respects the future Hall of Fame quarterback’s opinion. If Manning did recommend Gase to Haslam, Haslam was probably very interested in talking to Manning’s former coach.
But with Cabot reporting the Browns have no interest in interviewing Gase, it appears that Haslam is not very involved in the coaching search. Had Haslam been a part of the search, Gase would have likely received at least an interview, mainly because of Manning’s recommendation.
It seems that Haslam has learned from the mistakes he has made in the past when hiring coaches. By allowing Dorsey to handle the search with his front office, there is a better chance of the Browns finding a better fit at head coach for the team. Although Haslam will make the final decision on the next Browns head coach, it is a great sign that he is not forcing himself into the coaching search process.