Report: The Browns ask four assistant coaches to stay on staff

Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that four coaches on Mike Pettine's coaching staff have been asked to stay by the Browns.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said, just hours after firing Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine on that fateful Sunday night at FirstEnergy Stadium, he wanted to retain a few coaches from Pettine's staff, but wouldn't offer any names. 

On Monday, those names came to light. 

The Browns have asked offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, quarterbacks coach Kevin O'Connell, secondary coach Jeff Hafley and assistant defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn to stay in Cleveland, should the new head coach want them, According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. 

With those four as the lone coaches to be asked back to Berea, the Browns are seemingly set to part ways with defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil, special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, tight ends coach Brian Angelicho, running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery, wide receivers coach Joker Phillips, and offensive line coach George DeLeone, amongst others. 

While the Browns defense was possibly the worst in the NFL last season, finishing in the bottom ten in all major statistical categories such as points per game and yards per game allowed, the offense showed signs of improvement, especially at the quarterback position. 

For this reason, DeFilippo and O'Connell's return was more likely than any coach on the defensive staff. 

It remains to be seen that DeFilippo, O'Connell, Hafley and Glenn will return, as it's all dependent, reportedly, on the new head coach. 

That head coach is yet to be named, but the Browns have been busy interviewing candidates. 

After interviewing Adam Gase, Doug Marrone, Teryl Austin and Jerome Henderson earlier in the week, the Browns interviewed Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator, Sean McDermott and New England Patriots defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, over the weekend. 

Though reports indicated the Browns were set to interview Bengals defensive coordinator, Paul Guenther, there are reports that say that is no longer the case. 

With Gase officially gone to Miami, six of the seven interviewees are currently available to coach the Browns, though the team won't be able to offer a head coach position to any of the interviewees-- Patricia and McDermott-- until after they are eliminated from playoff contention. 

The team is using Jedd Hughes of the international search firm, Korn Ferry, to hire its next head coach, but owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, along with Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Sashi Brown, and newly hired Chief Strategy Officer, Paul DePodesta, are each playing a role in the interview process. 

You can follow the Browns search with our Head Coach Tracker here

Be sure to check out "The Fast Lane and ATI" from our very own Lane Adkins, who has the scoop on the latest happenings inside the Browns building in Berea. 

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