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Jimmy Haslam Says Browns Want to Interview All Candidates on List, Including Those in Playoffs

The Browns owner relays that the team is willing to wait for coaching candidates in the postseason, which may include the likes of Adam Gase, Dan Quinn, Greg Roman, and Josh McDaniels.

Matt Sullivan

Earlier today, we posted about the Cleveland Browns' search for a head coach, as they are one of two teams still looking for their next leader. On Wednesday morning, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam sent out a letter to season ticket holders, which read the following:


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.

-Jimmy Haslam

The text in bold (which was bolded by DBN, not Haslam) reaffirms the belief that the team is interested in interviewing Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase to be their next head coach, as he was one of, if not the first, candidates the team requested an interview with.

Other potential candidates still in the playoffs include Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who the team conducted an interview with, and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who the team has not been formally linked to. Josh McDaniels is also still in the playoffs, and there's always a chance he could decide to coach anyway. So, while Cleveland might end up being the final team without a head coach, in a week or two, they might have their pick of four attractive candidates.