Posted January 21, 2014

Adam Gase withdraws his name from Browns’ coaching search

AFC North, Cleveland Browns, NFL Coaches
Adam Gase cited his desire to focus on Super Bowl XLVIII as the reason for withdrawing.

Adam Gase cited his desire to focus on Super Bowl XLVIII as the reason for withdrawing. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

In terms of wooing an AFC Championship Game offensive coordinator to the head coaching gig in Cleveland, the Browns finished 0-for-2.

Denver’s Adam Gase withdrew his name from consideration for the Browns’ job, Mike Klis reported Tuesday. Earlier, the Patriots’ Josh McDaniels did the same thing, though Klis noted that Gase’s desire to focus on the upcoming Super Bowl was his reason for turning down the possible opportunity.

As a result, the Browns have turned their attention more fully to current Bills and ex-Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine — he will have his second interview with Cleveland’s front office Tuesday night, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who like Gase has a pretty important ballgame to prepare for, also has interviewed once with the Browns.

Cleveland is the lone team in the league without a head coach at the moment, after Tampa Bay, Washington, Detroit, Minnesota, Houston and Tennessee all plucked new coaches from various spots. In the court of public opinion, the delay has registered as a bit of a black eye for the downtrodden Browns, who have had three coaches in the past five seasons; Rob Chudzinski lasted just one year before being pushed out.

How damaging is all of this in the grand scheme of things? Obviously, a lot of that answer lies not only with what coach the Browns eventually settle on but how he performs early. Any potential free-agent targets of Cleveland could be turned off by the presumed indecision there.

SI’s Don Banks, however, cast a vote for the Browns’ drawn-out process last week.

As quaint as it might sound in the instant-gratification world in which we live, the Browns deserve kudos for actually showing some restraint in the pursuit of their next coach. Because the speed dating that passes for the NFL head coaching interview and hiring process these days is growing more frenzied all the time. … Maybe if the Browns had taken a little bit more time to make their coaching decision last year, they wouldn’t have felt it necessary to can Chudzinski one year into a four-year contract. Live and learn, I guess.

The recent decisions by Gase and McDaniels may actually tell us more about both of their prospects than about the Browns’ issues. McDaniels is believed by some to be in line to succeed 61-year-old Bill Belichick as the Patriots’ head coach whenever Belichick opts to call it a career.

The 36-year-old Gase, meanwhile, could find himself as one of the most highly-sought coaching commodities after the 2014 season. He has excelled in a record-setting first season as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator — aided, no doubt, by the presences of Peyton Manning and a loaded receiving corps. By this time next year, Gase should be wrapping his second season calling plays for Denver’s Manning-led attack, and it is unlikely that the Broncos offense will suffer too much assuming their QB returns.

Somewhat surprisingly, Gase never really emerged as much of a candidate for the open jobs in Washington and Detroit, where franchise quarterbacks are believed to be in place. Houston, which could land a top QB with the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, also did not turn much attention in Gase’s direction.

All the teams that went coach hunting this offseason, including Cleveland, could regret missing out on Gase down the line.

In the meantime, the Browns still find themselves in need of a coach — with the combine, free agency and the draft approaching rapidly on the calendar.

26 comments
stagger
stagger

I would like to announce that I have also withdrawn my name from the Browns' coaching search. As has my plumber, Phil.

pirate
pirate

It's been about 40 years since I played, but if offered, I'm willing to take the Browns head coaching job. I think there's something to build on – by which I mean, build my retirement account. What I'd make in my one year on the sidelines would allow me to retire.

Chris52
Chris52

Joe Banner is a miserable, unethical sorry case for a human being and maybe word is finally getting around in the league and nobody wants to work for the guy. We know in Philadelphia that this guy is the master at creating disgruntled players and coaches as well as fans.

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

"restraint" that is beyond funny.  Maybe they should show some restraint before firing a coach.  Firing their last coach after 1 year is the major reason they are having trouble.  Why leave an existing job to go where you may only have 1 year?

newshamg
newshamg

How old are the Browns? 14 years or so - and pretty much a laughing stock for most of their history.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

McDaniels  before he got busted for his own videotaping  and canned is the guy who traded up 2 1rst round picks to grab Tebow  a player who didn't even fit a McDaniels type offense. His withdrawing is a positive for any organization. He can score points let em.

Fifilo
Fifilo

Browns coaching job and Dolphins GM jobs: I see Craigslist becoming prominent in the searches.

jp41204
jp41204

love it.....'most coaches wouldn't even take a dump at Browns headquarters'  mwahahahahh....joe banner is the biggest ahole in the world....by the wayl.

bulletrico
bulletrico

Why don't you take this guy Roman the OC for the 49ers.... Please!!!!

me1
me1

You have a team that openly states they are interested in "trading up" to get Johnny Football...a QB that has potential, but also serious flaws. Of course a prospective coach whose present job is working with Peyton, will turn tail and run. Ask Washington how trading up goes...lol

JoshFinn
JoshFinn

I hear Eric Eidsness,  South Dakota State OC, is high on Haslem's list!

gyffesme
gyffesme

And this is how Losers keep Losing. Few are so desperate to be head coach they'll work for people who fired a guy after ONE SEASON.. one season of desperate QB-roulette. Keep at it, Brownies, you're making Jerry Jones look like a stellar GM.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

Somewhere in a drunken owners meeting around half time of week 17  Haslem says...HeeY Wee Gotttaa FIRE Chuzsizsikii RigHt  Now!  And we'll get all the first Interwievs with our new CoAcHes.  Cheeerrs ! PAss me that HoOker !  

Snow_Veil
Snow_Veil

Going to have to beg Chudzinski to come back. A team HAS to have a coach , right?


That, or be the first NFL team to hire a coach straight from High School. A student, I mean.

Dustin3
Dustin3

Sheesh..... heck I'll take the job if no one wants it. I'll work for peanuts...... lets say only 750K. Anyway, losing out on McDaniels was probably a good thing. The guy was a complete disaster in Denver with his pretentious attitude. As for these other guys, the way the Browns are managed makes that job a big turnoff for prospective coaches.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

Most coaches wouldn't even take a dump at the Browns' headquarters. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Mike Shanahan is looking for work. 

But seriously, who would want this job? A disgraceful organization.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

I guess the browns dont realize that Peyton Manning is the OC in Denver? 

iron924
iron924

Chudzinski suddenly not looking too bad!

theboneman21
theboneman21

@FredFlintsone also the guy who brought demaryius thomas, eric deckrr, robert ayers and knowshon moreno

it was his offense that allowed welker to flourish in NE soJMCD is responsible for all of Denver,'s record setting WRs

but 

 hey, he missed on a pick that made denver a lot of money and provided an unexpected playoff berth

John4
John4

@gyffesme all true except the past about making J Jones look stellar.  Now that's just kookytalk!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@Snow_Veil I was thinking that it would be funny as hell if there was no one to take the job but Chudzinski. And he probably would 'withdraw his name'.