Cleveland Browns General Manager John Dorsey was the first GM in the NFL to get an early start on the head coach search following the week 8 release of former coach Hue Jackson. It wasn’t long before other teams started the process early as well. From numerous assistants to former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, there’s no shortage of candidates for teams looking to replace coaching staffs this year.
The Cleveland Browns have suffered a plague of injuries at the defensive back position, causing GM John Dorsey to work overtime trying to keep up. Most in the industry would refer to this as searching through the scrap heap to simply find anyone that can fill the rotation role the Browns need to finish the year. One of the players added by Dorsey in November was cornerback Phillip Gaines of Rice University. On Sunday against the Houston Texans, Gaines was given his first chance at real playing time. Before I get into the game, let us take a look at Phillip Gaines the player.
Freddie Kitchens is a father, coach, and a real-life Iron Man. Coach Kitchens, the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator: could he be the one for the future? Like the Marvel movie Iron Man, Tony Stark needed the help of a mechanical device to protect his heart. After suffering from an ascending aorta coach Kitchens was given a mechanical valve to keep his heart protected. There are other similarities, too.
In my next assessment of the next potential head coach of the Cleveland Browns, we turn our attention to Pete Carmichael Jr. Pete is the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints and right-hand man of head coach Sean Payton. On October 28th, 2018 I was the first to put coach Carmichael’s name out after receiving information from a trusted friend. Since then, his name is starting to come up even more for others affiliated with the Browns. Coach Carmichael is not well known to most, as he works in the shadows like a ninja to design a prolific offense around quarterback Drew Brees.
Matt Campbell’s name seemingly came out of nowhere as a leading candidate for the Browns head coaching job. The local coach from Massillon Perry, Ohio has climbed the ranks quickly all the way to head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones. Over the last few years, Campbell has also built a friendship with Browns GM John Dorsey.
No secret that John Dorsey holds coach Toub in high regards. In my coaching re/search 2019 articles, I have Toub listed in the number one spot. The process will be long and cover many, but as I’ll lay out below, he’ll be difficult to top.
Chemistry is a term used to explain the relationship between players in the NFL. It’s something that cannot be measured or recorded, but its impact is nevertheless felt. A GM can draft all the right players along with adding the perfect veterans, but if the team doesn’t have chemistry, it will not matter.