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Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam tries to calm fans with open letter

Frank Schwab
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The Cleveland Browns haven't hired a coach yet. That's not the end of the world, but Browns fans are getting a bit anxious.

There were seven openings and six are filled after the Vikings reportedly hired Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. And the Browns, well, there hasn't been a lot to say.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels pulled out of consideration. Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles did too. Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, who interviewed with the Browns, took an offensive coordinator job with the Giants. Reports have placed Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who is still coaching in the playoffs, at the top of the Browns' wish list.

Fans of the downtrodden team aren't thrilled. It has pretty much been downhill since the front office was called out as the "Three Stooges" at a press conference following coach Rob Chudzinski being fired after just one season.

But Browns owner Jimmy Haslam wants fans to not worry. He sent a letter saying the team was being "very methodical" in hiring a new coach. Here's the letter, courtesy of Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

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You know things aren't going that well when you need to pen a letter like that. In fact, we have footage of Haslam calming Browns fans:

Things haven't gone great this month for the Browns, but just because the coaching search hasn't wrapped up already doesn't mean it will be a failure. If the Browns hire Gase or someone else, he could end up being a very successful coach. But this is a franchise that has had very little go right since returning to the NFL since 1999. You can forgive fans for being a bit nervous.

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