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The Cleveland Browns still would like to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase for their vacant head coaching position, league sources said, and remain high on Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as well, who was the first coach they met with three weeks ago.
There are no guarantees either man would take their job, however, as both are in very good situations with their current franchises and stand to be just as coveted -- if not moreso -- next year when there will be several jobs to chose from. Cleveland is the only NFL team still without a head coach. Gase, in particular, fits the mold of a young, bright, rising offensive mind, which team president Joe Banner has been searching for. Gase was the first candidate they asked to interview after firing Rob Chudzinski as their head coach, but he rebuffed any opportunities until at least after the Broncos' season was over.
He still could opt to decline an interview, and as I reported weeks ago, he originally was not planning to enter the head coaching fray until 2015, after spending another season growing as a coordinator and working with legendary quarterback Peyton Manning.
His star seems poised to only grow, and the Browns remain very much in transition. However, they do have game-breaking receiver Josh Gordon, they are willing to trade up to land Johnny Manziel in the draft if need be, sources said, and have an owner, Jimmy Haslam, who is committed to spending their abundant cap space to try to win quickly.
Of course, none of that might be enough to convince Gase or Quinn.
Quinn had a very strong interview with the team, and a second window to speak to him again opens up this week, regardless of Seattle's result on Sunday.
The Browns also need to put together a staff around whichever coach they select, and may have interest in former Titans coach Mike Munchak in an offensive line or coordinator role (he interviewed with them recently). Both of their coordinators from Chudzinski's staff -- Norv Turner (Minnesota) and Ray Horton (Tennessee) -- have left for coordinator jobs elsewhere.