COMMENTARY | Are you a football coach with any experience whatsoever? Want a bump in pay? Don't mind moving to northeast Ohio for roughly 12-24 months? The Cleveland Browns may have a job for you.
All kidding aside, the perception is that the Browns are essentially interviewing any candidate who picks up the phone as the team searches for what will be a new coaching staff. Head coach, defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator. You name it, and Cleveland needs it.
The names of those who have been interviewed or could be in the near future - Mike Pettine, Rich Bisaccia, Adam Gase, Dan Quinn and others - are public knowledge. Since the Browns' brass is not against tossing out the widest net possible in order to land the right leader, the question must be asked: Why not talk to one of the guys mentioned below?
The Cleveland Browns should next interview...Perry Fewell
The New York Giants defensive coordinator who landed an interview with the Washington Redskins earlier this month was once thought to be the next big thing in the land of future head coaches. Some fans of the Giants have soured on Fewell, apparently forgetting that Super Bowl run and also the fact that New York's offense and not its defense failed the team in 2013. Fewell may not be the right guy, but he's earned a chat.
The Cleveland Browns should next interview...Greg Roman
Since the San Francisco 49ers are still in the playoffs, the possibility exists that the Browns could interview the offensive coordinator at some point down the road. Cleveland curiously has not been linked with Roman, who has helped mold what is one of the better offenses in the league. Roman was reportedly set to meet with the Minnesota Vikings one day before the NFC Championship Game. That was before the Vikes chose Mike Zimmer.
The Browns have no business in snubbing this man.
The Cleveland Browns should next interview...Darrell Bevell
What Roman has done for the Niners is essentially what Bevell has done for the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle already has Bevell's replacement lined up in former head coach Tom Cable, and one has to believe that the 44-year old would love to have that first shot at being the top man for a NFL team. The offense of the Seahawks, for those wondering, is statistically better than is that of the 49ers.
The Cleveland Browns should next interview...Mike Shanahan
Why not? Shanahan is the offensive guru the Browns have been searching for since January 2008. He's also used to dealing with a front office that may actually be worse than what is in Cleveland. I've got two words for everybody who wants to point out Shanahan's record while with the Washington Redskins: Dan Snyder.
Zac has been following Cleveland sports since a little before his birth, and thus his heart breaks a little more with every year. He has been covering the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and the NFL for Yahoo Sports since 2010.
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