The Browns were the first team to fire their coach following the season, yet are one of only two teams (Minnesota) still looking for a replacement.
As the search for the successor to Rob Chudzinski continues in its third week with no end in sight, owner Jimmy Haslam felt the need to address fans this morning through a letter.
The organization has been criticized nationally and locally for its handling of the search. National reports have called the Browns job “toxic” and “radioactive” and questioned its appeal.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles have withdrawn from consideration, and former Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo took the offensive coordinator job with the Giants.
The firing of Chudzinski after only one season raised serious questions about the security the next coach can expect. Haslam, who’s on his second coaching search in less than two years in control of the team, tried to calm the fears of Browns fans in the following letter.
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.