Browns appear set on Gase, Malzahn

gase_adam21.jpg?w=402After a handful of interviews and at least one reported “thanks, but no thanks,” the Cleveland Browns front office appears to be set on filling their currently vacant head coaching position with one of two men who have yet to even express interest in obtaining said position. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner have their sights set on the man who was the first known candidate following the firing of first-year head coach Rob Chudzinski: Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

In addition to Gase, the other name which remains linked to Cleveland is Auburn’s head coach and budding guru Gus Malzahn. Per La Canfora:

Team officials realizes it may be a longshot to land Malzahn, who nearly won a national title at Auburn and is very happy there, but his offensive innovation and the style of offense he runs is very much in line with what the team would like to put in place (the Browns are also very high on quarterback Johnny Manziel, sources said, who would be a perfect fit in a Malzahn offense). The Browns immediately asked to talk to Gase following their firing of Rob Chudzinski at the end of the regular season, but were informed he would not do any interviews, if at all, until after Denver’s season ends.

The interesting item comes in the way of La Canfora stating that Gase, whose Broncos offense is set to take the field against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, may not even want to interview for the Browns job. The 35-year-old Gase will have at least one more season of a Peyton Manning-run offense that set several passing records in 2013. It is anticipated that, while the Browns are interested this season, the offensive coordinator would be a leading candidate for several positions come this time next year.

If recent history is in any way indicative of the future, it’s not far-fetched to assume one of those positions being in Cleveland.

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  • TheRobot57

    Good. God.

    Has it really come to this?

  • MiWiBi

    “may not even want to interview for the Browns job” – based on…?

  • MiWiBi

    fine, you pick the coach. Who and why?

  • TheRobot57

    Haslem has assembled a front office of people who come from successful organizations who were also in no way responsible for said success. Adam Gase will fit in nicely.

  • TheRobot57

    Right off the top of my head: Greg Roman.

    That was easy.

  • TheRobot57

    Greg Roman. Easily better than these two. Give me more time to think and I’ll give you some better options.

  • BrownieBob

    OK…..The apocalypse is upon us….there is no other reason for this …..
    Lets see….one of our top choices is a guy who…..
    Beat that perennial powerhouse Miss St. on the last play of the game
    Beat a lousy and overrated Georgia team with a miracle on the last play of the game
    Beat an Alabama team that was exposed in a bowl game with a miracle on the last play of the game
    Got scorched by FSU once they figured out that Auburn was stealing their offensive plays and finally hid their signals
    Has never coached in the NFL but did do well at Tulsa and Arkansas State
    Oh well, look at the bright side….it could be someone like say a nephew of a NFl linebackers coach who was Tim Tebows NFL QB coach but proved it wasn’t his fault once he had Peyton Manning listening to his expertise……
    And Josh McDaniels was told he wasn’t the first choice… we know why!!!
    Well at least we wont have to worry about Wisenhunt because I heard he didn’t like that Banner told him that he was personally hiring all assistant coaches…….

  • Scott @ WFNY

    Based on the report linked within.

    “There are no guarantees that Gase will interview, and, some close to him believe he will remain uniquely equipped to be the it coordinator a year from now.”

    Talk to La Canfora if you’re trying to poke holes.

  • cmm13

    I don’t care who you take for the Coach…… just DO NOT DRAFT MANZIEL.

    Oh and winning would be nice as well.

  • maxfnmloans

    Brad Seely

  • maxfnmloans

    To be honest, I was so distracted by the weiner dog races that keeping track of who won and lost was incidental to my entertainment level. And I was able to get a signal on my phone so I could text selfies to my friends. They were all so jealous. many had wanted to witness the majesty of those powerful athletes thundering down the pitch first hand, but instead they have to make believe when they go to the dog park.

  • maxfnmloans

    does Lombardi have LaCanfora on some kind of retainer, or do you think he gets a set amount “per article”?

  • @TheDeePagel

    Can we all at least promise not to say “we were lied to” if they don’t hire either one of these two guys? These are rumors….

  • whosevelt

    For years, we could say that although we sucked, we were better than the Raiders/Jaguars/Cardinals. That is no longer the case. I wonder if we’ll end up with Greg Schiano.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    It’s laughable if true but things are playing out just as I had expected and feared. If I had to pick a favorite between Gase and Malzahn I’d have to give the edge to Gase simply because I can’t believe Malzahn would want the job.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’ve felt a huge tremor in the force…I fully expect Gase (if not him it will most assuredly be another first time NFL head coach) and Manziel will be selected #4. Good luck whatever Browns fans are left.

    On a positive side how about those Patriots baby? 43 points scored and not a single TD by Tom Brady!!!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Haslam lied when he said this wasn’t the same old Browns though.

  • davelb87

    Roman was the guy I wanted last season and I was disappointed when they didn’t even talk to him. There is no reason for him to be anywhere but #1 on my list again this year.

  • davelb87

    I was really disappointed that they didn’t even talk to Greg Roman last year and I’ll be even more upset if they ignore him again in a second straight offseason. Ignoring his Cleveland ties through JCU, he’s still an outstanding candidate.

    -What he’s done with Colin Kaepernick (and to a lesser extent Alex Smith) has been impressive. If Johnny Manziel is indeed Banner & Lombardi’s guy I would love to what Roman would do with him.

    -In his short history as a head coach, Jim Harbaugh’s tree is already looking like a good place to find talented coaches.

  • rightin

    i wonder if haslam has ever been dumpster diving? i hope he’s enjoying it as much as i did

  • whosevelt

    The sad reality is that the Browns best option might actually be to apologize to Chud and give the whole thing another shot.

    Also curious if the rumors about candidates calling Chud refer to issues with the day to day management of the team, or just with the way they handled the end of season and firing?

  • deebo

    In reading my daily dose of “what the…?!?!?!” about the Cleveland Bronies, I mean Browns, I did see that MKC from the very Plain Dealer mentioned the Haslam (UTenn) – Peyton Manning (UTenn) – Gase (Manning) connection. This cleared up my questions about why this unknown dude, with an upward, albeit unspectacular, career trajectory was the leading head coach candidate. And is seeing his picture it led to another question, why are so many of these coach dudes such slobs, his somewhat douchey photo looks like it was taken after a night of too many apple pucker shots at the fall formal.

    Oh and after seeing Anqwan Boldin with the Ravens (yack) and win a SB with them (yack yack yack) and now the 49ers today, how the heck did the Browns NEVER make a run at him…not like we could have used a good veteran receiver the past few years…

    I know we don’t chose what we are born into but does it have to be so laughably backwards, mystifying, and downright weird with the team?

  • Kildawg

    Knowing this FO’s luck combined with the overall Browns luck, Schiano is brought in as the HC, Schwartz as the DC, and Leslie Frasier as the OC. This way the FO can brag about having 3 HCs at the same time!

  • Garry_Owen

    Wow. You got hammered for saying something completely reasonable.
    FWIW, I’m with you.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    If it’s down to these two, let’s go with Malzahn. At least his offense would have a chance of working in Cleveland in Nov/Dec…assuming they’re not knocked out by then.

    As for Gas, he could be a great coach, but given that his experience peaks with “watched Manning do his thing” for a year, I’ll pass.

  • jimkanicki

    heard belichick talking up special teams coaches as maybe most ready to be HC since they have to play offense and defense and work with both cordinators. said it was an undervalued role.

  • MiWiBi

    He turned down ever interview – no mention of that

  • MiWiBi

    And talk to La Canfora? Get a grip, Scott.

  • mgbode

    and technically, he hasn’t turned down ANY interviews yet. he has merely pushed them off until after the playoffs.


    I know you’re being sarcastic, but Frazier’s already in Tampa as the DC. That said, I’m sure we could snag, say, Marty Morninwhig to be our OC. :-)

  • Toddyus

    What professional sports team would fire their coach and then re-hire him? That’s totally ridiculous and would never happen!

  • Kildawg

    With the Munchak interview being announced, I might have stumbled into an actuality; but with different names. Hopefully Norv can stay as the OC and have a RB to work with Hoyer/Campbell/Rookie at QB with above average OL and Gordon/Cameron.