July 29, 2014

NFL News: Bengals DC Mike Zimmer to interview with Browns

FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer is reporting this morning that the Browns will be interviewing Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer today for their head coaching position.

 The Bengals ranked sixth in total defense this season in yards allowed and eighth in points allowed per game. They finished 10-6 and were eliminated from the playoffs last week by the Texans. They won seven of their final eight regular season games.

[Related: Trestman interviewed by Browns]

NFL Report: Trestman interviewed today in Cleveland

According to Tom Withers, the Browns have interviewed Marc Trestman-

“Trestman interviewed with the Chicago Bears for eight hours Monday night and arrived at the Browns’ facility in suburban Berea late Tuesday morning, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the search. He is the fifth known candidate to interview with the Browns, seeking their sixth fulltime coach since 1999 after firing Pat Shurmur last week.

Trestman was the Browns’ quarterbacks coach in 1988 and their offensive coordinator in 1989, when Cleveland appeared in its third AFC title game in four years with quarterback Bernie Kosar. Trestman has extensive background as an NFL assistant, working with eight teams, most recently Miami in 2004.”

The Browns have now interviewed Trestman, Chip Kelly, Ken Whisenhunt, Ray Horton, Bill O’Brien, and Doug Marrone, who was hired by Buffalo. Kelly and O’Brien decided to stay with their college teams.

[Related: Saban to NFL, no thanks]

Report: Bill O’Brien to stay at Penn State

First came the revelation that the Browns have already interviewed Penn State’s coach Bill O”Brien, and then tonight the word comes that O’Brien has decided at the University-

The Browns are among several teams interviewing Chip Kelly tomorrow, including the Eagles and Bills at least.

[Related: The Browns exhaustive coaching search is refreshing]

ESPN: Haslam, Banner to meet with Oregon’s Chip Kelly on Friday

The coaching rumors continue to swirl as the Browns are now rumored to have an interview lined up with Oregon’s Chip Kelly this Friday. Joe Banner is reportedly already in Arizona-

“According to several reports, Cleveland’s CEO Joe Banner is in Arizona and intends to interview Kelly, who is preparing the Ducks to play in Thursday’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The interview will take place Friday.”

Today SportsCenter reported that Jimmy Haslam will be joining him for the Kelly interview on Friday.

[Related: Chip Kelly "I don't know what the future holds"]

Chip Kelly: “I’m never surprised by anything. I do not know what the future holds.”

Oregon’s Chip Kelly is the hot name in several NFL coaching searches, including Cleveland’s (reportedly). At his last press conference before the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday, Kelly addressed questions about his interest in coaching an NFL team-

“I don’t expect anything. I’ve said this a million times. I’m never surprised by anything. I do not know what the future holds. I do know we have a football game tomorrow night and I’m going to be there.”

The Oregonian’s Aaron Fentress-

Kelly’s reluctance to answer even the most obvious questions surrounding the reported interest NFL teams have in him is a clear indication that something is a brewin’. But it doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere.

Kelly said NFL talk hasn’t been a distraction because he hasn’t talked about it with his team.

“I’ve never been asked a question by one of my players,” he said. “I think one of the tenets of how we do things in our program is we don’t let outside influences control our lives. It’s kind of just noise to us. They’ve never said a word to me. I’ve never said a word to them. I always believe that praise and blame is all the same. You can’t, again, be a selective participant and listen to things that are good being said about you and block out bad things being said about you.”

[Related: Browns walking public relations tight rope in coaching hire]

The Trip to Destination Shurmur

As Browns fans, we are certainly a reactionary bunch, aren’t we?  No sooner was Pat Shurmur hired that segments of the population were suspicious, irate, enraged, confused, or inconsolable.   I guess I should get used to it, but I remain surprised every time the Browns do anything at the wide-ranging emotions that are unnecessarily flung about.  Of course in Browns town you might as well throw in a bit of conspiracy theory to boot.  That’s right, a conspiracy theory was hatched with the vigor and energy of Oliver Stone a half a bottle of vodka in at a party of 9/11 “truthers.”

Bob Lamonte runs everything in the Browns’ organization now, according to some.  Instead of just a raise of the eyebrows and a couple of question marks about the connection between all these guys, a full-blown campaign against “nepotism” and “cronyism” has been hatched around the internet and on Cleveland sports talk radio.

You do all realize that this is supposed to be fun, right?  It is supposed to be a wholly welcomed distraction from politics, and other real news. [Read more...]