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Sport Browns downplay Meyer rumors, prefer coach with NFL experience

02:10  03 january  2020
02:10  03 january  2020 Source:   thescore.com

Why Meyer to Browns is a possibility should a late-season swoon necessitate a coaching change

  Why Meyer to Browns is a possibility should a late-season swoon necessitate a coaching change Urban Meyer has been speculated as an option for potential NFL openings, but here's why Cleveland could be a fitDec 4, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer addresses members of the media to announce his intentions to step down from coaching after the Rose Bowl game. Meyer held the press conference at the Ohio State University Fawcett Center.

Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy interviewed on Thursday and Haslam promised a “thorough” search for the fifth head coach to be hired since he purchased the The team is focused on coaches with NFL experience right now…only after Matt Rhule turned down their interview request.

Meyer is a hot coaching candidate in the NFL sphere, with the Browns , Redskins and Cowboys reportedly interested in Meyer 's services. Meyer , a Toledo, Ohio native, has no prior NFL coaching experience and also headed up the programs at Utah and Bowling Green before his tenure at Florida.

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam downplayed the recent report about his club's interest in former Florida and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

Urban Meyer wearing a suit and tie© Icon Sportswire / Getty

"Right now we're just focusing on people with NFL coaching experience," he said in his press conference Thursday, according to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot.

Haslam said the Browns will hire a head coach and then involve the new hire in the selection of the next general manager, according to Cabot.

Cleveland parted ways with first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens and general manager John Dorsey after a disappointing 6-10 campaign in 2019.

Report: Urban Meyer potential target for Cleveland Browns head coaching job

  Report: Urban Meyer potential target for Cleveland Browns head coaching job Report: Urban Meyer potential target for Cleveland Browns head coaching jobNow, with all the struggles in Cleveland, there are reports circulating that the Browns could target the three-time national champion coach as their next head man.

The Cleveland Browns have strong interest in former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer as they look for a replacement for Freddie Kitchens, according Kitchens was fired on Sunday following a 6–10 finish to the regular season. Meyer , 55, has never coached in the NFL and has been retired since

The Browns are the only team as of Monday afternoon to request permission to speak with Saleh for a head- coaching position. Saleh is in his third seasons as the 49ers' defensive coordinator and has turned the unit into one of the most feared in the league this season.

Potential suitors reportedly on Cleveland's radar include Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Ravens OC Greg Roman, Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, Bills OC Brian Daboll, and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. The Browns interviewed former Packers coach Mike McCarthy on Thursday.

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CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns are the only team looking for a coach. That should make finding one a little easier. With the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants completing coaching hires on Tuesday, Cleveland's job vacancy will be the last NFL opening filled. It's still unclear how quickly that will happen.The Browns, who fired Freddie Kitchens after just one season, are in the second week of interviews and have scheduled meetings this week with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Vikings coordinator Kevin Stefanski.

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