Haslam on Browns search: 'We have been methodical in our approach'
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam wants to make sure his fans are feeling OK with the team's coaching search.
We've poked a little bit of fun lately at the Browns and their debacle of a coaching search. In an effort to replace Rob Chudzinski -- who, you'll recall, was fired after just 16 games as the head coach -- the Browns have been turned down by Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles (who's never been a head coach before, mind you), and on Tuesday, Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, who also interviewed for the Browns head coaching job, took the Giants offensive coordinator position.
Maybe all three candidates had been informed by Cleveland management that they didn't have a chance at its job, and thus, all three publicly bowed out in an effort to save face. The other thought -- and we don't know if this is true, either -- is that the Browns job is so toxic that nobody wants to take it.
Either way, owner Jimmy Haslam saw fit to release a letter to Browns fans on Wednesday morning in which he tried to calm fears and make the case why everything was going to be just fine.
The letter was obtained by ESPN Cleveland, and here it is:
I thought it was important to take a little bit of time to update you on our head-coach search. We have had the opportunity to speak to a number of outstanding candidates. We have purposefully been very methodical in our approach. We believe it is very important to stay disciplined to this process and to interview all of the candidates on our list. We are strongly committed to finding the right person to coach the Cleveland Browns.
We understood from the beginning that if we wanted to speak to all of the coaches on our list that we may need to wait until they have completed their participation in the playoffs. We are prepared to wait as long as necessary because this is a very important decision. Everyone in our organization is committed to finding the right leader for our team.
We believe the head coach of the Cleveland Browns to be a very attractive position. We have one of the youngest teams in the League, a roster that includes five Pro Bowlers. In addition, we have more salary-cap room than all but one NFL team. We also have three of the top 35 picks in the upcoming draft and five of the top 83 selections.
We are very much looking forward to adding a strong coach to our football team. On behalf of the Cleveland Browns, I cannot thank you enough for your valuable support and passion that you show for our team.
We look forward to communicating with you again after the search process is complete. Thank you again for your phenomenal support and loyalty.
(signed) Jimmy Haslam
Reportedly, the Browns are waiting to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase (he can't talk until Denver's season is over). But if he's not interested, man, the Browns might be in some trouble.
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