It was posted today that the Browns ownership will turn over the head coach search to GM John Dorsey. As I understand it’s not the entire story, Dorsey will put together a team from the existing upper management and the group will conduct the search together.
While I do not know how many members will make up this group, I believe GM John Dorsey, Executive Vice President JW Johnson, and Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta will be the three main members.
Tony Grossi also alluded to part of this on the Really Big Show this morning.
Mr. Grossi went on to say that GM John Dorsey would narrow the list to 3. At that point owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam would make the choice.
JW Johnson, during the search, will take the place of ownership to help streamline the process. When the process is down to two, both candidates will then also meet and be interviewed by Dee and Jimmy before the selection is made.
As I posted in my first article “Browns coaching re/search 2019” most of that plan is still in place for this process. While nothing is set in stone, I will try my best to sort out details I gather. From my understanding, a compromise between someone with NFL experience and young college offensive-minded coach may be in the works. The group would find a head coach ownership it is comfortable with while pairing him with a college coach as offensive coordinator.
This is the updated list as I see it for right now. This is not my personal list as that would be only one person Lincoln Riley.
Dave Toub: Chiefs Special Teams Coordinator Toub should hold onto the top spot deep into the process. He will be seen as the safe choice that everyone can agree on. He would also be able to work with any coaches the organization would like to retain.
Mike McCarthy: All signs are pointing to the Packers releasing McCarthy at the end of this season. He meets everything ownership is looking for and will be the top coach in play. His selling point is the development of quarterback Aaron Rodgers along with a well ran locker room.
Matt Campbell: A lot of talk about coach Campbell has come out over the last week. While I will not post everything I’ve found because I do not know it as fact, I will say any conversation about him coming to the NFL will be tampered down until after the Iowa State season. If The Ohio State Buckeyes job should come open everything points to Campbell as the lead candidate.
( Coach Campbell will be considered for the OC position as well)
Pete Carmichael Jr: He checks all the boxes for the job but everyone I have spoken with believes he would not be able to win over ownership during the interview process. Either way, he will still stay in the hunt.
John Harbaugh: Please understand I want no part of this man coaching the Browns. As it looks right now Harbaugh is going to be released and he will be the hottest candidate by all accounts. ( Everything that sold ownership on Hue Jackson will be the same here)
Adam Gase: Could be in play as a possible trade from Mike Florio. Gase was high on the ownership list at one time. Personally, I still have this at zero but I can not take him off the list.
Lincoln Riley: ( My top choice) Between staying at Oklahoma and the possible Dallas Cowboys job It will be difficult for the Browns.
Eric Bieniemy: Will get an interview but most believe he’s not ready to be the head coach yet. The Browns may want to hire Bieniemy as the offensive coordinator to groom him for the head coaching position. To do this per league rules it’s possible he’ll be given the assistant head coach title to show as a promotion.
( From what I understand the Chief will play hardball and not allow Bieniemy to leave easily )
Gregg Williams: Same as before coach Williams would need to show improvement each week. Also, want the commitment of being the head coach and I have nothing to indicate he does at this time.
John DeFilippo: He’s on the list because his name repeatedly comes up in the conversation. From what I understand neither side wants to work with each other.
(I do not know this for fact only via my research)
Scott Frost: I took his name off the list because of all the push-back. I know what I know but it’s now more likely he’ll be considered for offensive coordinator.
Bruce Arians: Yes his name is all over the place right now. I have read all the stories and understand the links. This is a really fun story and I would have no problem with the Browns hiring Arians as the head coach. But facts come into play and coach Arians is 66 years old with health problems. He also has a wonderful life of announcing and playing golf.
Josh McDaniels: People that are very well connected say, McDaniels will be in play for the Browns. From what I have found I do not believe he will be.
Key Factors: With up to 8 potential coaches being released at the end of this season the Browns will face a lot of competition. Thus making it more difficult for the Browns going after a coach that’s in the Super Bowl. Per league rules ( NBC Sports) “teams looking to hire head coaches can’t hire assistant coaches from other teams that are still playing until those teams are finished playing” Waiting on a coach to finish could put the Browns behind this process and I believe would play into the decision.
What I know: The stories released today about John Dorsey taking over the search was strategic in nature. With Hue Jackson on his world wind tour to revamp his image ownership felt the need to calm the water.
Per Albert Breer: His top 4 as of right now
1. Lincoln Riley (dream coach)
2. Matt Campbell ( in play)
3. Josh McDaniels ( What happened with the Colts doesn’t matter)
4. John DeFilippo ( Can’t over look him )