Browns Notes: GM Search, DePodesta, McCarthy, Saleh, Daboll

While the primary focus in Cleveland remains on their search for a new head coach, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Browns could have their eyes on a pair of front-office employees with the Seahawks for their general managerial opening. Via Garafolo’s report, Seattle’s co-directors of player personnel, Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer, are two well-respected executives that could emerge as leading candidates.

Here’s more notes from the Browns organization:

  • NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport noted that two head coaching candidates in the Browns search that align with Kirchner and Fitterer are former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. McCarthy’s connection to the two Seattle executives is unclear, but Saleh started his coaching career in Seattle and has built his defensive scheme upon the Seahawks 4-3 at the peak of the “Legion of Boom.”
  • The Browns pushed back their interview with Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll for Cleveland’s head coaching position, according to Ian Rapaport of NFL.com. Daboll remains a candidate, but since the Bills were eliminated from the playoffs in Saturday’s overtime loss to the Texans, the team decided to delay his interview to this week so he could meet more of the team’s current front office staff.
  • Browns chief strategist Paul DePodesta has been the center of a lot of coverage surrounding the power struggle in Cleveland. The onetime assistant general manager of the Oakland Athletics is spearheading the Browns head coach search, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, but is not under contract with the team beyond next week. With that said, DePodesta is still wanted in Cleveland and the team may want to extend the executive at the same time of the team’s general manager and head coaching hires to put the organization on the same page.
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  1. Nfldraftguru99

    Fitterer and Kirchner are the right hand men of Seattle GM, John Schneider. Schneider comes from Green Bay and has a relationship with McCarthy from their days together in Green Bay. That’s the connection clarification.

  2. Hiring Daboll would be a perfect Browns move. His offenses have been pretty bad throughout his career. The only reason it wasn’t really bad this year is because of the talent level of Devin Singletary.

    He’s been an OC across six seasons and none of his teams have finished above 22nd in total yards or above 20th in total points. His teams typically run the ball well but can’t pass to save their lives. Of course the Browns want him.

    • andremets

      Why doesn’t Cleveland hire a GM with his own philosophy first, and then he can pick a good, young HC after all the supposed big names come off the board?

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