And the search goes on and on and on and . . .
Now that Adam Gase has reportedly told the Browns to remove his name from their list of candidates to replace Rob Chudzinski, there is no way the club can introduce its new head coach and say he was the first choice. Or even second choice.
That’s how bad it has become for this franchise.
When assistant coaches tell the Browns they are not interested in moving up in the coaching ranks to become the head man, you know they have reached the nadir. That has happened at least twice now with Gase and Josh McDaniels.
There are only 32 of these jobs available on the planet and the notion the Cleveland job is a sort of football coaching graveyard does not nothing but pile on the embarrassment. The aftermath of the Chudzinski firing appears to be reaching epidemic proportions.
Doesn’t anyone want to coach this team?
The answer obviously is yes, but it looks as if Jimmy Haslam III and his minions will have to settle for whoever says yes first. So much for careful consideration as to who succeeds Chudzinski.
Who knows? Maybe the Browns will get lucky and wind up with someone who actually becomes successful to the point where the team rises to the level of mediocrity. After what fans have been subjected to the last 15 seasons, mediocrity is a step in the right direction.
Whether it’s Dan Quinn or Mike Pettine or whomever, it’s time to get off the pot, stop being “purposefully methodical” and wrap this thing up. Find out who really wants to come to Cleveland and sign him before he changes his mind.
This coaching circus needs to stop. It’s bad enough the team embarrasses the city and its fans. Watching the front office botch this coaching search only adds to that embarrassment. And the longer it goes, the worse it gets.
This is not rocket science. Joe Banner’s quest to find the next unknown superstar and anoint him has already produced one failure. Maybe that’s why he is treading cautiously now.
It’s one thing to become careful with the selection. It’s quite another to do so when the field continues to be whittled to a precious few. This obviously has not gone as the CEO had anticipated.
The longer Banner waits, the more difficult it will be for the new coach to put together a staff. The new coaches of the six teams that fired their old coaches have snapped up most of the available coordinators.
With the new coach, the team gets a new philosophy on both sides of the ball. That’ll be three changes of coaching philosophy in the last three seasons. No wonder this team can’t win. With the Browns, continuity is a dirty word.
One of these years, someone is going to come along with a plan that will actually flip this franchise 180 degrees and he will be hailed as a savior. There is always hope.
Until then, we are stuck. And still looking for a head coach.